Cape Town - Two late goals by Andrea Fileccia fired Maritzburg United into
second place on the Absa Premiership table after a dramatic 2-1 victory over
Platinum Stars at a delirious Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.
As it happened: Maritzburg United v Platinum Stars
It was a dramatic turnaround that
looked unlikely to happen after Riyaad Norodien's expert 30-yard set-piece gave
Richard Ofori little chance.
Maritzburg tried to respond with two
quick attacks straight after.
The first ended with a Fortune Makaringe
shot forcing Visser into a low stop to his right, with the second, a
vicious cross by Deolin Mekoa from the left, narrowly evading William
Twala at the far post.
United battled to create too many
openings before the break and went to half time trailing 1-0.
the intensity after the break and had a good chance to level in the
50th minute when Bandile Shandu’s low cross was met by Mohau Mokate, but
Visser did excellently to thwart the striker.
Mokate had another superb chance
before the hour when Makaringe's hopeful ball over the top eluded the
last defender offering a free header that was brilliantly saved by the
The Dikwena custodian was then spared
by the post as Pogiso Sanoka's 20-yard shot was fumbled and
fortuitously squeezed back into play.
And, the intensity continued by United just over the hour when Twala inexplicably turned the ball wide from four yards out.
Fileccia drew another wonderful save
from Visser in the 66th minute with a low shot that was stopped on the
line as frustration grew within the Maritzburg ranks.
It was one-way traffic at that stage,
although Enocent Mkhabela almost snatched a surprise second from a rare
attack, a Gerald Phiri free-kick that was headed into the side-netting
with 20 minutes to play.
With the pressure only intensifying,
it was a matter of time before the goal arrived and it came when Visser
failed to hold on to Deolin Mekoa's cross and Fileccia blasted in.
Deep in stoppage time, Charles Baloyi
was penalised for bringing down Mokate in the box and Fileccia stepped
up to bag all the points.