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Published: 15 April

UNITED ON SONG AGAINST BAROKA
 
 
 


Maritzburg recorded their 11th league win of the season with a hard-fought 2-0 Absa Premiership victory away at Baroka FC on Sunday afternoon.

   
 

 

On target at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon were Bandile Shandu, who scored with a sensational strike in the eight minute, and Siphesihle Ndlovu, who netted a beauty shortly after half time.

 

Bakgaga were also threat on the day and the home side were close to scoring in the fourth minute when Mudzunga Sidumo's shot from a tight angle ended up in the side-netting.

 

The Team of Choice however were stringing some good passages of play together and after a a brilliant move, they took the lead in the eighth minute when Siyanda Xulu picked out Andrea Fileccia on the far side of the field, the Belgian passing to Shandu, who smashed a venomous 25-yard shot just inside the post.

 

Fileccia could have made it 2-0 just a few minutes later, but he miscued at the back post with the goal at his mercy after a Deolin Mekoa free kick.

 

Baroka also missed a great chance to score when Letladi Madubanya failed to get a decisive touch with an 18th minute headed attempt just five yards out from goal.

 

The action continued and Maritzburg were again close to adding to their tally when Pogiso Sanoka had his header cleared off the line.

 

The KZN side were then fortunate to escape conceding a penalty when Bevan Fransman fouled Gift Motupa just centimetres outside the box.

 

United took their lead into the break and then doubled it two minutes after the restart when Ndlovu gave another reminder of why he is such a special talent when he confidently bent a 25-yard first-time shot into the top corner.

 

Although 2-0 down, Baroka were not being outplayed and they came fighting back, only to fail to make it matter in front of goal as Motupa headed over, Mpho Kgaswane had a shot blocked and Talent Chawapiwa skimmed an effort just over the bar.

 

It probably should have been 3-0 to the visitors when Mekoa neatly slotted home a low shot into the far post from 14-yards out just after the hour mark, but the goal was disallowed for what appeared a dubious off-side call.

 

This meant Baroka were still in the game and Maritzburg keeper Richard Ofori did superbly to keep his side's two goal lead intact when he blocked a Motupa volley at point blank range, the Ghana stopper also reacting well to keep out a stinging Kgaswane free kick 17 minutes from time.

 

The goalmouth action continued when Maritzburg midfielder Lebohang Maboe had his shot turned onto the post by Bakgaga keeper Ayanda Dlamini, who also made a great save to keep out Mohau Mokate in the 79th minute.

 

There was a late chance for Mxolisi Kunene to score against his former team, but his added time shot from a tight angle flew into the side-netting, the final whistle blowing soon afterwards for what had been an entertaining match.

 

TEAMS

Baroka: Dlamini, Mothupa, Mabotja, Kgaswane, Motupa, Chawapiwa, Banda, Kgoetyane, Sidumo, Madubanya, Mdantshane.
Subs: Vries,Mapheto,Nguzana, Ngalande, Mosele, Mohwatseleng.

 

Maritzburg: Ofori, Fransman, Shandu, Xulu, Sanoka, Maboe, Ndlovu, Makaringe, De Reuck, Fileccia, Mekoa.
Subs: Mpandle, Van Wyk, Matima, Thlone, Mokate, Atouba, Kunene

 

 

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