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Published: 5 October, 2018

UNITED SHARE THE SPOILS WITH CITY
 
 
 


Maritzburg United struggled to find top gear at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night and had to settle for a 0-0 Absa Premiership draw with Cape Town City

   
 

It was the Cape side who had the more frequent opportunities in the KZN Midlands, and they had the first chance of the night when Ayanda Patosi's 14th minute curling drew an outstanding save by Richard Ofori after the shot had skidded off the turf at real pace.

 

The Maritzburg stopper was at it soon after when after a through ball from Roland Putsche had put Gift Links in on goal, Ofori did very well to snatch the loose ball up.

 

The Team of Choice had a promising moment in the 23rd minute, but after Yannick Zakri's rasping strike from the edge of the box was blocked by City keeper Peter Leeuwenburgh, Siphesihle Ndlovu smashed the ball over on the rebound.

 

Ofori was having a busy time in the first half and he denied Patosi with his feet before Rushine de Reuck pulled off a superb tackle to stop Links from pulling the trigger before Thabo Nodada hit a shot straight at Ofori.

 

United managed to play their way back into the game in the second half, but again struggle to create clear openings, with two Siyanda Xulu headers, both off target, among their only real chances as the Citizens defended resolutely.

 

Maritzburg also had some defensive wok to do as the Cape side had their moments in attack, including a 75th minute effort from Bradley Ralani into the side-netting.

 

That was the last clear opening of the night as the Team of Choice extended their unbeaten league run to five matches, with four of those draws.

 

TEAMS

 

Maritzburg: Ofori, Sanoka, Xulu, De Reuck, Figareido, Shandu, Makaringe, Onyango, Mokate, Ndlovu, Zakri.
Subs: Mpandle, Allie, Fileccia, Mekoa, Kunene, Makgalwa, Thlone.

 

City: Leeuwenburgh, Mkhize, Kwanda, Fielies, Edmilson, Putsche, Nodada, Patosi, Links, Norodien, Mthembu.
Subs: Stephens, Baartman, Kewuti, Kateregga, Martin, Ralani, Nana.





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