With United’s Absa Premiership status already secure, the goal for the day was to achieve an historic four out of four wins in the Play-Offs, and also to pay tribute to the Team of Choice fans for their fantastic support throughout a testing season.
With the supporters in festive mood and in great voice throughout the game, Maritzburg went ahead after goals from Mokate in the 15th and 78th minutes, before the Limpopo side pulled one back late on.
Maritzburg started on the front foot and were close to taking the lead after just two minutes when Fortune Makaringe whipped in a teasing cross which glanced the crossbar before reaching Thabiso Kutumela, but from a tight angle he was unable to find the net.
Makaringe, wearing the captain’s armband, continued to pose TTM problems and when he delivered another cross from the right in the 16th minute, Mokate reacted sharply at the near post to steer the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Tshepo Ramaele and into the net.
Makaringe then set up Kutumela again six minutes later, but the diminutive striker’s header missed the target.
The visitors did have a few chances of their own, but when they did break through, Maritzburg keeper Bongani Mpandle stood up well in goal to keep out a couple of attempts.
TTM also had a good opportunity two minutes after the interval through Wonderboy Makhubu, but from 10-yards out, he fired over the bar.
It was only in the 76th minute that Maritzburg again threatened the opposition goal, but with Mokate looking to tap in at the far post, Ramaele did well to snatch the ball off his feet.
Two minutes later though and Mokate put the result beyond doubt with a clinical low finish from 14-yards out after Kutumela had done well to win possession and set up the opportunity.
However, when the Team of Choice switched off in defence, Thembisani Nevhulamba was clinical as he slid a shot past Mpandle to reduce the deficit to one; the first goal United had conceded in the Play-Offs.
That proved to be of little consequence as coach Eric Tinkler saw his men holding on for the win before the Maritzburg contingent were able to celebrate their Absa Premiership survival with the 'Blue Army'.