United forced to leave Joburg empty handed
5 May 2017
Maritzburg United were edged out 1-0 by Absa Premiership leaders Bidvest Wits in a league game at the Bidvest Wits Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Maritzburg had the first opening on goal, in the 17th minute, but Kurt Lentjies arrived a moment too late to convert Lebohang Maboe’s clever through ball.
The best opportunity of the half fell to Wits winger Mogakolodi Ngele on 25 minutes, but after being played in by Cuthbert Malajila, the Botswana international fired wide from eight yards out.
Although the home team pushed and probed for openings for the remainder of the half, the KZN team didn't have many issues to deal with at the back.
The Students had another excellent opportunity to go in front a minute after the restart, but Thulani Hlatshwayo flashed his header inches wide.
But there was to be no denying Gavin Hunt's side from getting on the score-sheet as nerves were settled in the 55th minute when an unmarked Ntshangase thumped in a header from a free kick.
United had chances to level matters, but Siphesihle Ndlovu's long range shot dipped just too late before Lentjies headed over the bar with Wits keeper Moeneeb Josephs out of position.
Maritzburg continued to push for a goal, but couldn't find their way past a stubborn home defence.