MARITZBURG 1-2 SUNDOWNS
16 December 2014
An Anthony Laffor brace condemed the Team of Choice to a 2-1 defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday night.
Sundowns had the first chance of the game after just five minutes, but Khama Billiat missed a simple chance after beating the offside trap.
United's first chance fell to Khumbulani Banda in the 36th minute, but he hit his shot straight at Kennedy Mweene from a tight angle.
Sundowns scored first through Laffor five minutes into the second stanza after an error in the Team of Choice defence.
Iin the 63rd minute United were 2-0 down when Cuthbert Malajila put Laffor through on goal.
‘Maritzburg came back looking for a goal with Ashley Hartog forcing Mweene into a good save before second-half substitute Kurt Lentjies pulled one back for the hosts in the 85th minute with a low shot after an assist from Mondli Cele.
The goal proved to be too little too late as the Brazilians hung on in the final minutes of the match.
Maritzburg United: Vries; Mabaso, Banda, Paintsil, Awal (Mekoa 57’), Mngonyama, Hartog, Sekotlong (Lentjies 74’), Cele, Mkhize, Mokate (Mandaza 69’)
Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene; Langerman, Nthethe, Booysen, Mphahlele, Zungu, Modise, Mbatha (Zwane 58’), Laffor (Moriri 80’), Billiat (Niang 83’), Malajila