MATCH CENTRE

SAT 21 MAY 2016, 15:00, OLEN PARK

1
VS
3

Team of Choice send Cosmos down

by BackPageTXT

Sat May 21, 17:02

Maritzburg United came from a goal down to secure a dramatic 3-1 win over Jomo Cosmos at Olen Park on Saturday afternoon.

The result sees the Team of Choice secure an amazing recovery and avoid relegation from the Absa Premiership despite spending the vast majority of the season in the red zone, while Ezenkosi suffer direct relegation after University of Pretoria claimed a win over Golden Arrows.

United almost claimed the lead 16 minutes in when a corner kick from Sheldon Van Wyk saw Cosmos’ Mxolisi Mashumbu forced to clear off his own goal line.

Just over 10 minutes later it was Ezenkosi who claimed the lead though Linda Mntambo, who struck home a superb left-footed shot from outside the box which gave goalkeeper Virgil Vries no chance whatsoever.

United reacted to going behind by sending on attacking midfielder Gregory Maasdorp in place of defender Thamsanqa Teyise with just under 10 minutes of the first half left to play, but the interval saw the hosts still 1-0 up.

The Team of Choice made another change in attack at the start of the second half, sending on former Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs player Abia Nale in place of promising youngster Sheldon Van Wyk, who was unable to assert himself in the match.

On 59 minutes Maritzburg almost equalised through Philani Zulu only for Sherwyn Naicker to make a brilliant save, before they were denied what looked to be a clear penalty for hand-ball in the 18-yard area by Thato Lingwati.

Cosmos looked to be in control of proceedings, but in the 82nd minute United’s determination was rewarded with a goal from substitute Mohau Mokate, who put a looping header over Naicker after the ball had ping-ponged around in the home side’s box to make it 1-1.

Just four minutes later Maritzburg’s comeback was completed by Evans Rusike, who arrived late the near post to touch home a right-flank cross from Abia Nale to make it 2-1 and put the KwaZulu-Natal team into safety after spending almost the whole season under threat of relegation.

Rusike added another goal deep into injury time when Cosmos were desperately throwing men forward in search of an equaliser, seeing the final score end 3-1 in favour of Maritzburg United.

Jomo Cosmos (1) 1 (Mntambo 27’)
Maritzburg United (0) 3 (Mokate 82’, Rusike 86’ 90+4’)

Cosmos: Naicker, Mngomezulu, Lingwati (Thompson 80’), Mthembu, Jampies, Monare, Mntambo, Machupu, Makgobela (Maluleke 64’), Zulu, Mashumba (Aka 76’)

United: Vries, Teyise (Maasdorp 36’ [Mokate 78’]), Mngonyama, Onyango, Mogapi, Van Wyk (Nale 46’), Mkhize, Booysen, P Zulu, D Mekoa, Rusike

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH OLEN PARK
JOMO COSMOS GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
23. Linda Mntambo (27') 22. Mohau Mokate (82')
19. Evans Rusike (86')
19. Evans Rusike (90 + 4')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
JOMO COSMOS STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
89
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
51'
25
Defender
14
5
Defender
23
Defender
33
Defender
27
Defender
14
Defender
36'
6
Defender
80'
19
Defender
65'
0
Midfielder
53'
76'
12
Midfielder
83'
2
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
45
Midfielder
64'
18
Midfielder
46'
12
Midfielder
4
Forward/Striker
28
Forward/Striker
27'
23
Forward/Striker
86'
90 + 4'
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Wiseman Maluleke
Midfielder
64'
86
Gregory Maasdorp
Midfielder
36'
13
Brice Aka
Forward/Striker
76'
27
Abia Nale
Midfielder
46'
11
Thato Lingwati
Defender
80'
19
Mohau Mokate
Midfielder
78'
22
CARDS
Cheslyn Jampies
Defender
51'
25
Tumelo Mogapi
Defender
65'
0
Charlton Mashumba
Midfielder
53'
12
Brian Onyango
Midfielder
83'
2
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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