Pietermaritzburg - Maritzburg United won the battle of KwaZulu-Natal after a hard-working
2-0 win in their ABSA Premiership derby against AmaZulu at the Harry Gwala Stadium
on Friday night.
fairly open match in Pietermaritzburg, Bandile Shandu swept home the opener
after 40 minutes.
visitors enjoyed their fair share of chances, but failed to take them.
reduced to 10 men just after the hour when Butholezwe Ncube was sent off after
a second yellow card and Siphesihle Ndlovu sealed the win with an injury-time
made a storming start and should have been ahead in the opening 60 seconds
after Fortune Makaringe’s looped over a ball to Andrea Fileccia on the edge of
the box on the left, but the Belgian’s first touch was heavy and the shot ended
up being a tame one.
was responsible for the first shot at the other end too after his slip allowed
Siyabonga Nomvethe in, with the veteran forward shooting straight at Richard
had another chance in the 17th minute when Ovidy Karuru played a neat one-two
with Mabhuti Khenyeza, before wastefully driving his shot across the face of
through the half, Siyethemba Mnguni missed another excellent chance when he was
caught in two minds whether to kick or head Nomvethe’s cross. In the end he
opted for the latter and poorly nodded wide.
finally a real save to make on the hour when Khenyeza’s initial shot ricocheted
into the path of Nomvethe, whose 10-yard forced Ofori to parry away for a
other end, Bevan Fransman forced Siyabonga Mbatha into a low near-post save
from his drilled free-kick as Maritzburg finally tested the visiting
deadlock was finally broken five minutes from half time when Maritzburg’s ploy
to change their line of attack paid off. Having unsuccessfully used the left
flank for most of their attacks, they decided to go right for a change and
Deolin Mekoa, threaded in Maboe in the box, with the ball then squared to
Shandu for a simple tap in.
William Twala had the first chance after the break when he picked up on an
Usuthu error and fired low straight at Mbatha.
visitors then lost Ncube following a second yellow card, but they kept pressing
and should have levelled through Sadate Ouro-Akoriko with 17 minutes to play,
but the Togo defender planted a free header over.
Mekoa struck the post, the hosts sealed the win when Ndlovu completed a swift
counter-attacked and tapped in from Mohau Mokate's cross.