MATCH CENTRE

SAT 16 JANUARY 2016, 20:15, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

3
VS
3

United throw away three goal advantage

by BackPageTXT

Sat January 16, 22:35

Maritzburg United wasted the chance to escape the relegation zone when they drew 3-3 to Orlando Pirates after having been 3-0 up at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night.

Maritzburg showed their intent in as early as the eighth minute when Evans Rusike blazed down the left flank before squaring the ball for Mondli Cele to fire into the roof of the net from around 12 metres out with a first time effort.

Pirates looked dangerous as they tried to hit back with an equaliser, making the home defence work hard.

But Maritzburg were looking in a clinical mood as they struck with a lightning counter attack just after the half hour mark which saw Deolin Mekoa playing a neat ball over the defence for Rusike to run on to an apply an expert finishing touch past Brighton Mhlongo.

And incredibly the KZN club were 3-0 up after 35 minutes when Brian Onyango overpowered the Bucs defence to get on the end of a Mekoa cross to score from close range.

The shell-shocked Buccaneers were in need of something special to lift their spirits, and Thabo Rakhale provided just that when he received the ball some distance out on the right before thumping a dipping shot across goal in at the base of the left hand upright to reduce the deficit on 37 minutes.

The second half saw an invigorated Pirates and it was 3-2 seven minutes after the restart, the large contingent of Bucs fans at a packed Harry Gwala erupting when Thabo Matlaba pounced on a loose ball to flash home a left footed finish past Tawfeeq Salie.

The momentum was now firmly with the Soweto side, and after a couple of close calls at an equaliser, Erasmus popped up in the right place at the right time to score from close range after the Maritzburg defence had panicked under pressure as the rain poured down in Pietermaritzburg.

Maritzburg : Salie, Mngonyama, Onyango, Zulu, Teyise, Booysen, Cele (van Wyk 59’), Paintsil, Mekoa M, Mekoa D, Rusike (Hatog 77’)

Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Matlaba, Gumede, Gcaba, Sarr, Masalesa (Ntshumayelo 46’), Rakhale, Motupa (Ndoro 46’), Myeni (Qalinge 69’), Erasmus

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
19. Evans Rusike (32') 25. Thabo Rakhale (37')
2. Brian Onyango (36') 8. Thabo Matlaba (53')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
31
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
76'
14
Defender
2
Defender
23
Defender
6'
34
Defender
6
Defender
53'
8
Midfielder
36'
2
Defender
32
Midfielder
45
Midfielder
46'
38
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
18
Forward/Striker
84'
28
Midfielder
46'
12
Forward/Striker
32'
77'
19
Midfielder
69'
11
Midfielder
37'
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sheldon Van Wyk
Midfielder
59'
12
Thandani Ntshumayelo
Midfielder
46'
6
Tendai Ndoro
Forward/Striker
46'
7
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
69'
15
CARDS
David Booysen
Defender
76'
14
Ntsikelelo Nyauza
Defender
6'
34
Deolin Mekoa
Forward/Striker
84'
28
Thandani Ntshumayelo
Midfielder
79'
6
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
GALLERY
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