Relief all round as United break their 2015/ 2016 duck
5 October 2015
There were some anxious moments before Maritzburg United squeezed over the line against Jomo Comsos, but the crucial objective of a first win of the season was achieved.
United took a 2-0 lead over Cosmos in their Telkom Knockout match at the Harry Gwala Stadium, but had to endure an anxious final 15 minutes after the visiting side pulled a goal back through a Cheslyn Jampies free kick.
Some gutsy defending was enough to get the job done as the Team of Choice were left celebrating their first win of the season, and a first victory since the arrival of head coach Clive Barker 10 days ago.
It was certainly a more positive and spirited looking United side who dominated most of Friday’s match as they outplayed Cosmos up until the nervy final few minutes.
“A very good game for us, some periods very, very indifferent, in the last 10 minutes an absolute shambles,” said Barker after the match.
“I was happy with the result, but very disappointed with the way we played in the last 10 minutes. Cup competitions are won by sides who take their chances when they present themselves, and defend the right way.
"I think we defended ugly in the last 10 minutes. I thought we played really well in patches. I thought the selections in the middle of the park did very well. Especially Kurt Lentjies, he has got huge talent and I’m delighted to work with him."
Captain Ashley Hartog says he now hopes to see Maritzburg using the TKO win as a booster for their league campaign.
“I want to thank the guys for all their hard work. I hope we can take this through to the league as well, the league is most important for us now, to concentrate there and pick up some three-pointers. He’s [Barker] a brilliant coach, he’s giving everyone the confidence that they are brilliant players,” said Hartog.