MATCH CENTRE

SUN 26 FEBRUARY 2017, 15:30, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

2
VS
1

Team of Choice claim come-from-behind victory

by Staff Reporter

Sun February 26, 17:29

Maritzburg United came from a goal down to defeat Free State Stars 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Team of Choice move into the top eight thanks to the victory, while Ea Lla Koto remain in 14th place, precariously perched just above the relegation zone.

Maritzburg made most of the early play, but Stars opened the scoring 21 minutes in. Former United striker Mohammed Anas picked up a scuffed shot from strike partner Moeketsi Sekola, turned in the box and unleashed a fine effort which had the beating of Virgil Vries.

The Team of Choice were stung by the goal, but continued to enjoy the lion’s share of ball possession. In the 40th minute they almost forced an equaliser when Bandile Shandu went for goal with a skidding shot, but goalkeeper Chris Mafoumbi made a fine save.

Both sides opted for a substitution at the start of the second half: Maritzburg looked to boost their attack by introducing Evans Rusike, while Stars added some steel by sending on veteran Paulus Masehe.

Rusike’s addition proved to be a masterstroke, with the Zimbabwean striker bringing Maritzburg level on 65 minutes. He deftly converted a low cross from the left flank by Deoline Mekoa to make it 1-1.

The hosts claimed the lead for the first time in the 80th minute, with Rusike hitting the crossbar then having a second attempt which well saved by Mafoumbi, only for the rebound to be tapped home by Lebohang Maboe to put United 2-1 up.

Stars threatened an equaliser in injury time when Nhlanhla Vilakazi played a great ball to set up Thokozani Sekotlong, but Vries did well to close down the angle and ensure that his side walked away with all three points.

Maritzburg United (0) 2 (Rusike 65’, Maboe 80’)
Free State Stars (1) 1 (Anas 21’)

Maritzburg: Vries, Mngonyama, Fransman, Onyango, Wiedlich, Ndlovu, Maboe, Shandu (Saal 61’), Mekoa, Lentjies (Makaringe 77’), Mokate (Rusike 46’)

Stars: Mafoumbi, Mashego, Teyise, Mahamutsa, Thlone, Jantjie, Makhaula, Vilakazi, Venter (Masehe 46’), Anas (Nono 88’), Sekola (Sekotlong 58’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
19. Evans Rusike (65') 38. Mohammed Anas (21')
Lebohang Maboe (80')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
0
24
Defender
2
Defender
28
Midfielder
61'
26
Defender
6
Midfielder
0
20
Midfielder
86'
28
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
77'
29
Midfielder
58'
23
Midfielder
10'
45
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
80'
0
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
46'
22
Forward/Striker
46'
8
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
21'
88'
38
SUBSTITUTIONS
Evans Rusike
Forward/Striker
46'
19
Paulus Masehe
Midfielder
46'
5
Devon Saal
Midfielder
61'
0
Thokozani Sekotlong
Midfielder
58'
7
Fortune Makaringe
Midfielder
77'
0
Allen Dorian Nono
Forward/Striker
88'
0
CARDS
Kwanda Mngonyama
Midfielder
10'
45
Devon Saal
Midfielder
86'
0
Deolin Mekoa
Midfielder
86'
28
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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