MATCH CENTRE

WED 17 MAY 2017, 19:30, LOFTUS VERSFELD STADIUM

2
VS
2

Onyango and Rusike goals not enough to down Brazilians

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wed May 17, 21:26

Although they netted first through Brian Onyango and Evans Rusike, Maritzburg United drew 2-2 against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The draw puts the Team of Choice at number seven with 37 points, with one match to wrap their 2016/17 Premier Soccer League season.

A late double from Cote d'Ivoire striker Yannick Zakri gave the Brazilians the deserved point as they failed to defend the league title.

The penultimate encounter saw the hosts taking the game to the Team of Choice and Tebogo Langerman saw his effort being saved by United goalkeeper Virgil Vries in the first minute.

In the 29th minute, Onyango handed the hosts the lead when he converted with a powerful header after meeting a pin-point cross, 1-0.

Three minutes later, Vries was equal to the task as he denied Teko Modise's well directed header to the far post as he showed his quality between the sticks.

In the 40th minute, Percy Tau delivered a wonderful cross in search of Khama Billiat, but the Zimbabwean couldn't connect with the pass.

It was 1-0 for United at half time.

In the 68th minute, United doubled their lead when Rusike outpaced Sundowns' Motjeka Madisha and managed to beat Mweene on his near post, 2-0.

In the last nine minutes, a dangerous combination between Hlompho Kekana and Tau in the box saw Vries punching away the skipper's well struck shot over the cross bar for a corner kick.

Yet with two minutes to go, substitute Zakri broke the deadlock for the hosts after a defence splitting pass from the midfield, 2-1.

In the injury time, Vries failed to collect the ball in the box and Sundowns scored their second goal through Zakri, but it was not enough as they were dethroned as league champions.

The point for Sundowns means they remain placed at number two, behind new champions Bidvest Wits with one league game left in the season.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LOFTUS VERSFELD STADIUM
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
24. Yannick Zakri (88') 2. Brian Onyango (29')
24. Yannick Zakri (90') 19. Evans Rusike (68')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
45'
30
Defender
34'
29
Defender
0
Defender
4
Defender
29'
2
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
43'
26
Midfielder
63'
33
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
59'
10
Midfielder
69'
29
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
86'
18
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
68'
83'
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Nthethe
Defender
34'
2
Mohau Mokate
Midfielder
69'
22
Yannick Zakri
Forward/Striker
59'
24
Andrea Fileccia
Forward/Striker
83'
0
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
63'
28
CARDS
Themba Zwane
Midfielder
86'
18
Bandile Shandu
Midfielder
43'
26
Virgil Vries
Goalkeeper
45'
30
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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