Late Lentjies goal hands Maritzburg United win

Late Lentjies goal hands Maritzburg United win
Kurt Lentjies of Maritzburg United challenged by Vincent Kobola of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Cape Town City at the Harry Gwala Stadium, South Africa on 01 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday May 01, 2017. 16:55

Kurt Lentjies' goal helped Maritzburg United overcome Cape Town City 1-0 an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Monday afternoon.

As a result the Team of Choice cemented their place in the league top eight by remaining seventh, while the Citizens also stay second on the table.

City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early stages of the first-half as Maritzburg looked to break the deadlock.

Kurt Lentjies, the Maritzburg captain, was orchestrating moves for his side and in the 28th minute, his effort was well gathered by Walters.

Maritzburg keeper Virgil Vries was finally called into action twelve minutes later and he saved Lebogang Manyama's effort from a corner-kick.

The score was 0-0 at the interval following a relatively quiet first-half in the city of Pietermaritzburg.

The Team of Choice continued to enjoy more possession in the second-half and Pogiso Sanoka saw is effort from range missing the target in the 59th minute.

With time running out City conceded a free-kick near their box with Tshepo Gumede fouling Siphesihle Ndlovu with less than 10 minutes left.

Veteran midfielder Kurt Lentjies then stepped up and hit the back of the net from the resulting free-kick to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg.

The Citizens did launch late attacks in search of an equalizer, but the Team of Choice stood firm at the back and the match ended 1-0 in favour of Maritzburg.

Maritzburg (0) 1 (Lentjies 84').
CT City (0)

Maritzburg: Vries, Fransman, Sanoka, Mngonyama, Weidlich, Makaringe, Lentjies (Shabalala 89'), Ndlovu, Dlamini (Saal 64'), Maboe, Mokate (Fileccia 55').

CT City: Walters, Johannes, Gumede, Kobola, Jayiya (Masina 36'), Ngoma, Putsche (Koapeng 85'), Mokeke, Seedat, Manyama, Majoro (Moseamedi 62').



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