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Published: 5 August, 2018

MARITZBURG SUFFER ARROWS SUCKER-PUNCH
 
 
 


Maritzburg United paid the price for not making the most of their chances as they went down 0-2 to Golden Arrows in an opening round Absa Premiership fixture on Sunday.

   
 

After a quiet first half, which saw the only chance going to Danny Phiri - a 30th minute header over the bar from close range - the Team of Choice came alive in the second half.

 

But despite enjoying good passages of play in a goal-less first half and having the better of the goal scoring chances in the second stanza, two late goals conceded meant Maritzburg went home empty handed.

 

Indeed, Fadlu Davids' men were nearly ahead just a minute after the interval at a lively Harry Gwala, but after Mohau Mokate chased down a long ball and planted a looping header over Nkosingiphile Gumede, the visiting shot stopper made a brilliant late save off the line.

 

United were finding their rhythm and when Siphesihle Ndlovu made a mazy run through the heart of the Abafana bes'Thende defence, Fortune Makaringe looked odds on to score, only for Gumede to make another fine save.




Instead it was against the run of play that the Durban side took the lead as Knox Mutizwa sent a stunning bicycle kick into the top corner in the 70th minute.

 

Never a team to give in, the Team of Choice hit back with a series of attacking forays into the Arrow box.

 

Their best chance came three minutes before the end of regulation time when Mokate won a header and teed up Ndlovu, but he was unable to steer his shot home.

 

Maritzburg then once more suffered a counter-punch as Lerato Lamola wrapped up the game for Arrows in the 93rd minute after a swift counter.

 

TEAMS:



MARITZBURG: Ofori, Sanoka, Xulu, Shandu, Tlhone, De Reuck, Ndlovu, Buchanan, Makaringe, Mokate, Kunene

Subs: Mpandle, Mekoa, Matima, Farmer, Atouba, Masegela, Zindoga


ARROWS
: Gumede, S.Zwane, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Lunga, Venter, Molefe, Phiri, Sabelo, Mutizwa, Lamola

Subs: Mbaeva, Bilankulu, Dube, Cele, Moreira, Sibiya, Magubane

 


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