8 February 2009
UNITED FIGHT BACK FOR AMAZULU VICTORY
Maritzburg United fought back from a goal down to earn all three points with a 2-1 win against AmaZulu at the Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
United manufactured some good passing moves early on, but were however unable to find the killer pass into the box.
AmaZulu had the first goal attempt when in the 28th minute Sthembiso Dlamini shot weakly from close range.
Usuthu took a first half injury-time lead when a deflected Dumisani Ngwenya shot caught Tashrique Goldman off guard.
United came out all guns blazing in the second half as they chased the game. To this effect coach Gordon Igesund brought on a third striker in Collen Zimba.
Consistent pressure from the Team of Choice finally paid off in the 70th minute when Brice Aka acored from close range after a surging run and great cross by Peter Petersen.
Maritzburg scored what turned out to be the winning goal just three minutes later when Zimba did well to fashion space in the box before hitting the back of the net from 10 yards out.
Brad Ritson came close to spoiling the day for United when he struck the bar three minutes from time, but the Team of Choice were able to hang on for the crucial three points.
AmaZulu: Mamphitha; Biyela (Sillo 64'), Ariweriyai, Chintu, Gumede, Mabaso (J Zwane 79'), N Zwane, Sikhakhane, Dlamini, Shongwe (Ritson 63'), Ngwenya
United: Goldman; Petersen, Mkonza, Goldstone, Ngwepe, Dhladhla, Pule (Zimba 58'), Arwuah, Tsabedze (Madondo 92'), Kukane, Aka (Mbemba 77')