Maritzburg worthy winners over high-flying City
1 May 2017
Maritzburg United were deserving 1-0 winners over Cape Town City in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Monday afternoon.
The Team of Choice were on top for most of the game and dominated the scoring chances, but needed a goal five minutes from full time by captain Kurt Lentjies to seal the three points which moves them up to 25 points from 26 games, occupying seventh position.
Mondli Dlamini had a sensational afternoon for Maritzburg and had the first chance of the game on one minute when he drew a good save out of former United keeper Shu-aib Walters with a low drive towards the bottom corner.
Pogiso Sanoka also sent a shot over the bar on 30 minutes before Dlamini’s 45th minute volley went just over the goal as the Team of Choice continued to boss the game.
Such was Maritzburg’s defending that City were only to have two real chances in the second half, Aubrey Ngoma sending an angled shot wide just after the break, while Roland Putsche went close with a 76th minute header.
The KZN side though continued to create chances in the second half as Lebohang Maboe fired wide from range, before substitute Andrea Fileccia's snap shot went wide, following some more brilliant work by Dlamini.
It was left to veteran midfielder Lentjies to curl in a wonderful free kick in the 85th minute to ensure a deserved win for Maritzburg, their fourth in five games.
Maritzburg: Vries, Mngonyama, Sanoka, Fransman, Weidlich, Dlamini, Maboe, Makaringe, Ndlovu, Mokate, Lentjies.
City: Walters, Kobola, Gumede, Johannes, Seedat, Mokeke, Manyama, Putsche, Jayiya, Majoro, Ngoma.