The Urban Warriors scored an early goal through Tashrique Morris, but the Team of Choice came storming back with two second half goals to make it five wins in a row against the Cape Town club.
And even though Maritzburg were unable to score in the first half, it was pretty much one-way traffic throughout the 90 minutes as the Team of Choice’s speed on the ball and work ethic ensured they enjoyed nearly all of the play, bar one or two moments for Ajax.
“I think it was a dominant display from start to finish,” said coach Fadlu.
“With the one moment they had, they scored in the first five minutes, after we were dominant for the first four minutes.
“You have to keep calm, its not about rushing or launching balls into the box, you have to just keep rotating the ball, fantastic from the guys.”
On another day, United may well have been given a penalty in the first half as several calls from the match officials went against them, but coach Fadlu was pleased that his players were able to maintain their focus regardless.
“We know there were some mistakes in terms of decisions. I think what we could have had something from the spot,” he said.
“But we take it, I told the players, don’t worry about decisions not going for you, keep playing. When we score the goal, keep calm. And when we score the second goal, keep calm.
“And really they stuck to it, they didn’t just launch balls into the box as teams do when they are behind. They really stuck to the plan and I’m really proud of them today.”
Coach Fadlu also credited his men with the versatility they have been able to provide this season.
“We are really flexible in terms of how we play, in terms of different positions – three defence line, four defence line, five defence line, and the players adapted well,” he explained.
“We were breaking through and unlocking them in the first half, but no final shot or effort on goal. A left-footer (Deolin Mekoa, who was moved to the left wing just before grabbing the equaliser) gave us more and we created opportunities out of it. But if we have to give credit to someone, it’s all the players,” he added.
The Team of Choice now look forward to returning home to host Bloemfontein Celtic this Friday, although Fadlu has cautioned that they will need to be at their best.
“Celtic should have beaten us 6-0 in the last game, we only lost 1-0. So it’s definitely going to be tough, they are a fantastic team. They are busy in the market, so its going to be very tough.”
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