MATCH CENTRE

SAT 09 APRIL 2016, 15:00, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

2
VS
4

Bacela sinks Maritzburg in relegation scrap

by BackPageTXT

Sat April 09, 20:12

A brace from Luyanda Bacela condemned Maritzburg United to bottom of the Absa Premiership table after the University of Pretoria beat the Team of Choice 4-2 in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night.

The result leaves Maritzburg firmly rooted to the bottom of the table with 16 points from 23 games while Tuks moved out of the relegation zone into 14th place with 20 points from 24 games.

Maritzburg had a good first half and dominated proceedings for the most part which resulted in them taking a 1-0 lead into the break courtesy of a goal from Deolin Mekoa in the 24th minute.

The game was decided in the opening 15 minutes of the second half which saw Tuks score four goals in a blistering display of football.

Mpho Maruping levelled matters in the 48th minute when he headed home a cross from Vuyisile Ntombayithethi, 1-1.

Three minutes later Bacela gave Tuks the lead when some poor defending inside the box resulted in the striker firing home after a goalmouth scramble, 2-1

Bacela found his second of the game in the 53rd minute later when he got in behind the Maritzburg defence and made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, 3-1.

Maritzburg’s problems were further compounded on the hour mark when Atusaye Nyondo made it 4-1 after his shot from the edge of the box deflected into the goal.

The Team of Choice tried to find their way back into the game and did manage to pull a goal back in the 67th minute when Zulu headed home a cross from Pogiso Sanoka, 4-2.

Four minutes later Maritzburg were afforded a great chance to pull back yet another goal when the referee awarded them a penalty after adjudging Partson Jaure to have handled the ball inside the box.

Unfortunately, for the home side Kurt Lentjies failed to convert from the spot when his penalty-kick hit the woodwork.

Tuks took the sting out of the game in the final 20 minutes and held on for the win.

Martizburg United (1) 2 (Mekoa 24’, Zulu 67’)
University of Pretoria (0) 4 (Maruping 48’, Bacela 51’+53’, Nyondo 60’)

Teams

Maritzburg: Verbauwhede, Teyise, Mngonyama, Onyango, Mogapi, D. Mekoa, Zulu, Rusike, Lentjies, Booysen (Anas 59’), Banda (Sanoka 27’).

Tuks: Coetsee, Ngubane, Jaure, Mwedihanga, Mthethwa, Maruping, Ntombayithethi, Nemukondeni (Chikohwa 85’), Mnyamane (Zwane 65’), Bacela (Ketjijere 87’), Nyondo.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA GOALS
28. Deolin Mekoa (23') 7. Mpho Maruping (48')
23. Philani Zulu (69') 14. Lennox Bacela (51')
14. Lennox Bacela (55')
17. Atusaye Nyondo (60')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
26
Defender
59'
14
Defender
71'
15
Defender
69'
23
14
Defender
6
2
Defender
0
Midfielder
85'
0
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
48'
7
Midfielder
21'
27'
3
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
57'
8
Midfielder
45
Forward/Striker
60'
17
Forward/Striker
23'
28
Forward/Striker
51'
55'
87'
14
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
65'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Pogiso Sanoka
Midfielder
27'
32
Khethukuhle Zwane
Midfielder
65'
28
Mohammed Anas
Forward/Striker
59'
9
Ian Chikohwa
Midfielder
85'
16
Ronald Ketjijere
Midfielder
87'
24
CARDS
Khumbulani Banda
Midfielder
21'
3
Vuyisile Ntombayithethi
Midfielder
57'
8
Partson Juare
Defender
71'
15
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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