MATCH CENTRE

SUN 05 AUGUST 2018, 15:00, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

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Maritzburg United lose at home in KZN derby

by Graeme Jackson

Sun August 05, 16:57

Maritzburg United’s 2018/19 Absa Premiership season got off to a losing start as they succumbed 2-0 against Golden Arrows at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday.

The Team of Choice bossed the KwaZulu-Natal derby, but failed to take their chances and were punished by goals from Knox Mutizwa and Lerato Lamola.

The teams effectively cancelled each other out in the opening quarter of the match, though Maritzburg did look dangerous whenever they could get Mxolisi Kunene one-on-one with Siyanda Zwane down their left flank.

On 26 minutes Arrows should have claimed the lead, as Danny Venter played a fine in-swinging cross into the danger zone from a free kick to find Danny Phiri unmarked just a couple of metres from goal, but the midfielder put his header over the target.

That proved to be the only major chance of a tightly-contested first 45 minutes, as the sides went into the break locked at 0-0.

The second half began with a fantastic save from Arrows’ goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede, who back-pedalled to claw away a looping header from Mohau Mokate which looked destined for the back of the net.

Gumede was in significant action again in the 57th minute, as a well-worked move from United saw Siphesihle Ndlovu tee-up midfield partner Fortune Makaringe with a great scoring chance, but he was denied by another fine stop from the ‘keeper.

It seemed only a matter of time until the Team of Choice claimed the lead, but they were stunned in the 71st minute by an early contender for goal of the season from Arrows’ Knox Mutizwa – the attacker controlled a cross with his chest before sending an acrobatic volley beyond the reach of Richard Ofori to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The hosts pushed hard for an equaliser and should have levelled the game on 87 minutes when Mokate’s knock-down found Ndlovu, but the midfielder sliced his shot wide of the target to spurn his side’s best chance of sharing the spoils.

Arrows took advantage of United’s efforts to push men forward at the death and Lerato Lamola made it 2-0 with a fine finish in the second minute of injury time.

Both Maritzburg and Arrows will be in league action again on Wednesday: the former is away to Free State Stars in Bethlehem, while the latter welcome Bloemfontein Celtic to the Princess Magogo Stadium.

Maritzburg United 0
Golden Arrows (0) 2 (Mutizwa 71’, Lamola 90+2’)

Maritzburg: Ofori, Sanoka, Xulu, De Reuck, Thlone (Mekoa 79’), Shandu, Makaringe, Ndlovu, Buchanan (Masegela 46’), Mokate, Kunene

Arrows: Gumede, Zwane (S. Dube 73’), Mngwengwe, Mzava, Lunga, Phiri, Molefe (Cele 61’), Venter, Mutizwa, Sabelo (Magubane 61’), Lamola

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
19. Knox Mutizwa (71')
41. Lerato Lamola (90 + 2')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
31
32
Defender
77'
79'
40
Defender
0
Defender
3
Defender
5
Defender
23
21
Defender
25
Defender
73'
0
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
34'
11
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
46'
12
Midfielder
61'
34
Midfielder
36
Midfielder
61'
24
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
71'
19
Forward/Striker
22
Forward/Striker
90 + 2'
41
SUBSTITUTIONS
Tholang Masegela
Midfielder
46'
37
Nkanyiso Cele
Midfielder
61'
8
Deolin Mekoa
Midfielder
79'
28
Siphelele Magubane
Midfielder
61'
27
Siyabonga Dube
Defender
73'
14
CARDS
Fortune Makaringe
Midfielder
34'
11
Bokang Thato Thlone
Defender
77'
40
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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