MATCH CENTRE

SAT 07 MAY 2016, 20:15, ORLANDO STADIUM

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Team of Choice claim valuable point

by BackPageTXT

Sat May 07, 22:15

Maritzburg United claimed a valuable point in their fight for Absa Premiership survival when they held Orlando Pirates 0-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The Team of Choice created the better opportunities in the match, outplaying the Buccaneers on their home ground, but they were forced to settle for just a point. However, that reward could yet prove to be decisive in the relegation battle.

Maritzburg were the first to threaten a goal, with Zimbabwean striker Evans Rusike sending a well-struck drive just wide of the near post from a tight angle as early as the seventh minute.

Pirates’ only notable attacking highlight in the first half arrived just past the half hour mark, with Thamsanqa Gabuza presented with a great sight of goal only to be quickly closed down and ultimately denied by goalkeeper Virgil Vries.

Maritzburg suffered a blow late in the half when they were forced to withdraw key playmaker Kurt Lentjies, who succumbed to a knee injury he carried into the match, though the speedy Sheldon Van Wyk was a more than useful replacement.

The first chance of the second half went the way of Pirates, with Gabuza’s clever movement into the channel between his marker and the right-back gifting him another shooting chance, but he put his left-footed effort over the target in the 55th minute.

From then on it was the Team of Choice who took control of the game and created several good chances. On 68 minutes Van Wyk fired a shot at goal only to be denied by a fine save from Brighton Mhlongo, and shortly thereafter defender Brian Onyango headed over the crossbar from close range.

Perhaps the best chance of the half fell to Rusike in the 85th minute and when he opened his body and looked to curl the ball into the top corner, it seemed destined to break the deadlock. Sadly for the visitors, the ball drifted just wide of the upright, leaving the game to finish 0-0.

Orlando Pirates 0

Maritzburg United 0

Pirates: Mhlongo, Mahamutsa, Gyimah, Gcaba, Matlaba, Rakhale (Mugerwa 77’), Sarr, Memela, Myeni, Ndoro, Gabuza (Motupa 63’)

Maritzburg: Vries, Onyango, Mngonyama, Teyise, Mogapi, Mkhize, Booysen, Lentjies (Van Wyk 44’ [Nale 90+3’]), P. Zulu, D. Mekoa, Rusike

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
2
Defender
14
Defender
28
Defender
23
Defender
8
Defender
27
Midfielder
17
Defender
6
Midfielder
18
Defender
0
Midfielder
37
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
44'
29
Midfielder
77'
25
Midfielder
45
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
28
Forward/Striker
63'
31
Forward/Striker
75'
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
63'
38
Sheldon Van Wyk
Midfielder
44'
12
Yasser Mugerwa
Midfielder
77'
36
Abia Nale
Midfielder
90 + 3'
11
CARDS
Evans Rusike
Forward/Striker
75'
19
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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