MATCH CENTRE

SAT 27 APRIL 2019, 20:15, THOHOYANDOU STADIUM

1
VS
2

Maritzburg United stun Black Leopards

by BackPageTXT

Sat April 27, 17:51

Maritzburg United defeated Black Leopards 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Team of Choice remained 16th on the league log, while Lidoda Duvha remained 13th on the standings.

Both teams struggled to create chances in the opening stages of the game and the two goalkeepers were not seriously tested.

The Team of Choice grew in confidence as the match progressed and Siphesihle Ndlovu working hard in midfield for the visitors.

The reigning Young PSL Player of the Season was presented with a great opportunity to break the deadlock just after the half-hour mark.

However, Ndlovu was brilliantly denied by King Ndlovu in Leopards goal with the home side's defence exposed.

Allan Kateregga's shot from the edge of the box was then blocked as Leopards contained Maritzburg in the first-half.

The two teams were locked at 0-0 during the half-time break.

It took only two minutes for the visitors to break the deadlock after the restart and it was Mohau Mokate, who hit the back of the net.

Fortune Makaringe set-up the striker, who then beat keeper Ndlovu to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg as the visitors stunned the home crowd.

It was on 2-0 to Maritzburg when Leopards defender Jean Munganga scored an own goal after some good work by Makaringe in the 51st minute.

The hosts then pressed the visitors and they pulled one back through Mwape Musonda just after the hour-mark to mark it 2-1.

Mwape, who is the current Absa Premiership top goalscorer, was netting his 15th goal of the season as he looks to clinch the Golden Boot.

Lidoda Duvha pushed for a late winning equalizing goal with coach Dylan Kerr having introduced attacker Thokazani Sekotlong.

However, Maritzburg stood firm at the back and ultimately, they ran out 2-1 winners against Leopards.

Leopards (0) 1 (Musonda 62')
Maritzburg (0) 2 (Mokate 47', Munganga 52')

Leopards: Ndlovu, Munganga, Munyai, Zulu, Katjiukua, Masalesa (Sekotlong 80'), Hlongwane, Tshepe (Mhlongo 58'), Mahangwahaya (Ndlovu 87'), Bereng, Musonda.

Maritzburg: Ofori, Mandela, Allie, Shandu (Kunene 46'), Xulu, Timm, Makaringe, Hlongwane (Zakri 66'), Kateregga (De Reuck 74'), Mokate, Ndlovu.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE THOHOYANDOU STADIUM
BLACK LEOPARDS GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
11. Mwape Musonda (64') 22. Mohau Mokate (47')
28. Jean Munganga (51') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
BLACK LEOPARDS STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
0
Goalkeeper
31
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
51'
28
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
25
Midfielder
58'
10
Midfielder
74'
37
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
46'
26
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
87'
0
Forward/Striker
66'
0
Forward/Striker
64'
11
Forward/Striker
47'
22
SUBSTITUTIONS
Joseph Mhlongo
Forward/Striker
58'
30
Mxolisi Kunene
Midfielder
46'
36
Thokozani Sekotlong
Forward/Striker
80'
37
Yannick Zakri
Forward/Striker
66'
0
Themba Ndlovu
Defender
87'
31
Rushine de Reuck
Defender
74'
23
CARDS
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
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