MATCH CENTRE

WED 14 SEPTEMBER 2016, 19:30, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

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Maritzburg frustrate Sundowns

by BackPageTXT

Wed September 14, 21:22

Maritzburg United were superb defensively as they held Mamelodi Sundowns to a 0-0 draw in their Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday night.

The point is Maritzburg’s fourth of the season after picking up a win in their opening league match and sees them in fifth place on the table.

The point for Sundowns is their first of the season in their first game and sees them at ninth spot on the log.

The Brazilians dominated the possession stakes and the shots on goal, but they were continuously frustrated by goalkeeper Virgil Vries and a well-organised home defence.

It was a lively start to the game for the Brazilians with Thapelo Morena breaking into the box as early as the second minute, but he saw his stinging effort well-saved by the keeper.

Sundowns kept pushing forward and probably should have scored in the 18th minute when Themba Zwane found himself in acres of space at the back post, but again he was thwarted by the United keeper.

The home side offered very little in attack and their only threat on goal was a penalty appeal on the half hour mark after Philani Zulu went down inside the box, but the referee waved play-on.

The half ended 0-0

In the 49th minute, Sibusiso Vilakazi came bitterly close to scoring when he broke through on goal and chipped the onrushing keeper, but his effort sailed just over the target.

Six minutes later Kurt Leintjies almost scored against the run of play, but the Maritzburg player saw his shot from the edge of the box go inches over the crossbar.

Vries was at his best yet again in the 70th minute, this time the United keeper denying Vilakazi from close range.

Sundowns continued to push forward for the remainder of the match, but the home side’s defence held firm.

Maritzburg United (0) 0
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0

Teams

Maritzburg United: V. Vries, T. Mogapi, B. Onyango, D. Weidlich, B. Fransman, B. Moyo (K. Mngonyama 60’), P. Zulu, K. Lentjies, A. Nale (A. Fileccia 77’) , E. Rusike, D. Mekoa.

Mamelodi Sundowns: K. Mweene, T. Nthethe, R. Nascimento, S. Bangaly, M. Madisha, L. Mohomi, S. Julies, T. Morena (P. Tau 84’), S. Vilakazi, T. Zwane (A. Laffor 63’), Y. Zakri (K. Dolly 78’).

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
0
0
Defender
60'
0
29
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
23
Midfielder
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
77'
11
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
82'
11
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
72'
84'
0
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
63'
18
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
78'
24
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kwanda Mngonyama
Midfielder
60'
45
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
63'
28
Andrea Fileccia
Forward/Striker
77'
0
Keagan Dolly
Midfielder
78'
7
Percy Tau
Midfielder
84'
35
CARDS
Thapelo Morena
Midfielder
72'
0
Sibusiso Vilakazi
Midfielder
82'
11
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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