Maritzburg United 1-1 AmaZulu
12 December 2014
A late penalty proved costly as Maritzburg United had to settle for a 1-1 derby draw with AmaZulu on Friday night.
The first chance of the match fell to Bongani Ndulula, who shot just wide of the near post after 11 minutes.
Soon after United's Khumbulani Banda put in a good cross from the left which picked out Nhlanhla Vilakazi, but his header went over the crossbar.
The Team of Choice were ahead when eight minuets before half time when Mondli Cele received a pass just inside the penalty area and cut inside to beat AmaZulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mngoma with a low shot just inside the near post.
Usuthu sent on Ayanda Dlamini at the start of the second half and proceeded to dominate possession, forcing the home side onto the back foot. However, clear chances were hard to come by for the team in green.
Striker Bornwell Mwape almost produced an equaliser on 65 minutes, pushing forward into the box before striking a fearsome left-footed effort across the face of goal and just wide of the far post.
AmaZulu’s hopes of getting back into the game were dealt a severe blow with just under 20 minutes to play, as Mwape was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Ashley Hartog.
However, just a few minutes later the Durban side were awarded a penalty when Ndulula was bundled over in the box by Mohammed Awal.
The Bafana Bafana striker took the spot kick himself and emphatically fired it into the back of the net to make it 1-1 in the 77th minute.
United created several good chances to reclaim the lead in what remained of the match and hit the crossbar deep in injury time through a header from Hartog,.
Maritzburg United: Vries, Mabaso, Paintsil, Awal, Banda, Sekotlong, Mngomyama, Vilakazi (Mkhize 68’), Cele (Lentjies 86’), Hartog, Mandaza (Mokate 74’)
AmaZulu: Mngoma, Nyadombo, Johannes, Ouro-Akoriko (Shange 70’), Mwedihanga, Hlanti, Shabalala, G. Dlamini, Were Ooko (A. Dlamini 46’), Mwape, Ndulula (Madondo 83’)