Cape Town - Mxolisi Kunene's second-half goal proved the
difference as Maritzburg made it back-to-back wins for the first time this
season with a 1-0 triumph over Baroka at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
Eric Tinkler's side ended their five-match winless streak
last time out as they clinched a 1-0 win over Chippa United in
Pietermaritzburg, with Thabiso Kutumela's strike securing a valuable three
However, they would have expected a tough test on Wednesday
evening as Baroka headed into the clash with cause for optimism after pushing
league leaders Kaizer chiefs all the way in a 1-0 defeat at FNB Stadium.
And, for the opening 30 minutes, it was clear that Bakgaga
would once again prove to be a tough nut to crack.
Maritzburg eventually managed to stamp their mark on
proceedings deep into the first half and twice went close to breaking the
deadlock as Kunene saw his close-range effort deflected behind for a corner,
and Rushine De Reuck heading just over from the resulting corner.
The hosts eventually got the breakthrough they were looking
for after the break, however, as Kunene latched onto a neat pass from Kutumela
before seeing his right-footed shot make its way into the bottom-right corner
with the help of a wicked deflection.
Kunene very nearly doubled his tally in the 65th minute but
Elvis Chipezeze was quickly off his line to snuff out the danger.
Maritzburg had another great chance to snatch a second ten
minutes later after Kutumela laid the ball off to Judas Moseamedi, but the
substitute somehow failed to find the target from just six yards out.
That missed chance did not come back to haunt the home side,
though, as they managed to hold firm in the closing stages of the contest to
record their second win of the Premiership campaign.
- TeamTalk Media