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Published: 29 May 2019

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Maritzburg United secured Absa Premiership football for next season after they opened an unassailable lead in the PSL Promotion-Relegation Play-Offs with a 2-0 win over Royal Eagles at the Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday.
     
 

 

The victory was a third successive one in the play-offs for United, and a fifth win in their last six games as the KZN Capital City club completed a remarkable late escape act under head coach Eric Tinkler.

 

With a loyal band of Maritzburg fans in the stands at Chatsworth, the Team of Choice, who had fought hard over the past couple of months to avoid relegaiton, made a fairly quiet start to the match as Eagles made the early running.

 

The Durban side was however unable to pose too much of a threat, with Richard Ofori only called into action to save a Diego Brown drive on 16 minutes, before Brown also headed over from a good position 10 minutes later.

 

Maritzburg were happy to bide their time for opportunities, and when Siphesihle Ndlovu won possession on the half way line in the 42nd minute, the opening goal materialised as he raced down the wing before combining with Fortune Makaringe and then squeezing in a low shot at the near post.

 

That goal seemed to suck out Eaglesโ€™ resistance as Maritzburg dictated play after the restart.

 

There were early second half chances for Ndlovu and Judas Moseamedi, but both failed to make it count.

 

Moseamedi then had a goal ruled off-side after being set up by Thabiso Kutumela.

 

It was Kutumela who was to wrap up the victory when he curled in a delightful free kick in the 74th minute.

 

The Team of Choice could have added another couple of goals late on, but it mattered little as they went on to secure victory and a place in the Absa Premiership for next season as the sun set over the Chatsworth Stadium.

 

 

 

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