MATCH CENTRE

WED 20 APRIL 2016, 19:30, PRINCESS MAGOGO STADIUM

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KZN derby ends in 1-1 draw

by BackPageTXT

Wed April 20, 21:34

Kurt Lentjies scored a superb goal to see Maritzburg United hold Golden Arrows to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at Princess Magogo Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Team of Choice showed remarkable character to fight back from being both a goal and a man down to claim a point which could prove to be the difference between survival and relegation come the end of the season.

Abafana Bes’thende, meanwhile, remain in 11th place on the log, now four points adrift of a place in the top half.

Maritzburg were the first to properly threaten a goal, with Philani Zulu shooting on target from long range in the 10th minute. His effort was half saved by Max Mbaeva, with the ball squirming out of his grasp and rolling just wide of the post.

Six minutes later Arrows were awarded a penalty after goalkeeper Tawfeeq Salie brought down Nduduzo Sibiya in the 18-yard box. Nkanyiso Cele took the spot kick and coolly converted to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

The Team of Choice almost came up with an equaliser late in the first half when Thamsanqa Teyise flicked on from a free kick, but his effort was well saved by Mbaeva to ensure the hosts went into the break with their lead intact.

United were dealt a major blow on the stroke of half time when Deolin Mekoa was shown a straight red card – seemingly for abusive language toward referee Zolile Mthetho – reducing them to 10 men.

Maritzburg coach Ernst Middendorp responded by making two changes at the start of the second half, throwing on Pogiso Sanoka and Sheldon van Wyk in place of Bandile Shandu and Mohau Mokate.

United almost came up with an equaliser in the 56th minute through defender Brian Onyango, who got up highest at a corner kick to meet the ball but saw his header bounce away to safety off the top of the crossbar.

The visitors were finally rewarded for their endeavour in the 71st minute when Evans Rusike’s pass gave Kurt Lentjies a sight of goal: the midfielder made it 1-1 with a precisely-placed low shot which went in off the inside of the far post.

Despite having just 10 men, United continued to look the better team as the match wore on and missed out on several opportunities to score a second goal and claim what would have been a heroic victory.

Golden Arrows (1) 1 (N Cele 18’ pen)
Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Lentjies 71’)

Arrows: Mbaeva, Katjiukua, Sikhakhane, Mathiane, S Dube, Hlongwane (Mhango 69’), N Cele, Shitolo, Sibiya (Molefe 63’), Ramagalela, Sibeko (Ngcobo 75’)

Maritzburg: Salie, Mngonyama, Mogapi, Onyango, P Zulu, Teyise, Shandu (Sanoka 46’), Mokate (van Wyk 46’), D Mekoa, Lentjies, Rusike

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH PRINCESS MAGOGO STADIUM
GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
17. Nkanyiso Cele (18') 29. Kurt Lentjies (71')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 4 1
GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
17'
31
Defender
4
Defender
23
Defender
5
Defender
62'
6
Defender
14
Defender
90 + 4'
0
28
Midfielder
46'
26
Defender
20
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
69'
30
Midfielder
45'
71'
29
Midfielder
63'
41
Midfielder
45
Midfielder
18'
45'
17
Midfielder
46'
22
Midfielder
75'
35
Forward/Striker
45 + 1'
28
Forward/Striker
6
Forward/Striker
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Molefe
Midfielder
63'
24
Sheldon Van Wyk
Midfielder
46'
12
Frank Mhango
Forward/Striker
69'
49
Pogiso Sanoka
Midfielder
46'
32
Quincy Ngcobo
Midfielder
75'
29
CARDS
Nkanyiso Cele
Midfielder
45'
17
Tawfeeq Salie
Goalkeeper
17'
31
Deolin Mekoa
Forward/Striker
45 + 1'
28
Kurt Lentjies
Midfielder
45'
29
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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