The Team of Choice had some excellent chances on the night, but found Amakhosi keeper Itumeleng Khune, the Absa Premiership Man of the Match, to be in inspired form.
After Richard Ofori had done well to palm away Gusatvo Paez's long range shot early on, Khune reacted brilliantly to keep out Yazid Atouba's deflected free kick.
The Soweto giants drew first blood on 14 minutes when Paez scored from close range after Bongolethu Jayiya’s effort was blocked by Ofori before falling kindly for the visiting striker.
United came storming back in front of a packed stadium and Atouba was again denied by Khune after firing in a sizzling 25-yard effort, before the Chiefs keeper brilliantly kept out both Evans Rusike and then Deolin Mekoa.
Maritzburg continued to put Amakhosi under pressure after the restart as Fadlu Davids' men played some outstanding football and controlled large portions of the play.
But again United were unable to score as a powerful Atouba effort went marginally wide 10 minutes after half time.
Instead it was Chiefs who doubled their lead on the hour mark via Paez's deflected shot.
Maritzburg were offered a way back into the game very late on when they were awarded a penalty after a hand-ball, but it just wasn’t happening for Davids' men as Khune saved Rusike's 88th minute spot kick.
Maritzburg: Ofori, Xulu, Fransman, Sanoka (Makaringe, 46’), Weidlich (van Wyk, 78’), Shandu, Mekoa, Maboe, Atouba, Fileccia (Mokate, 79’), Rusike.
Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Gordinho, Cardoso, Zulu, Katsande, Malope (Ekstein, 71’), Meyiwa (Mathoho, 67’), Jayiya (Parker, 80’), Tshabalala, Páez.
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