Katlego Mashego of Chippa United challenged by Themba Shabalala of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Chippa United at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 29 Nomvember 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Tuesday Nov 29, 2016. 21:30
Thembinkosi Lorch scored fifteen minutes from time to secure a point for Chippa United as they played to a 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala stadium on Tuesday night.
Deolin Mekoa opened the scoring for Maritzburg seven minutes into the second half, but it was all in vain as the Team of Choice had to settle for a share of the spoils on the night.
The draw is Maritzburg’s fifth of the season and sees them place in ninth place with 11 points from as many matches.
The draw is Chippa’s fourth of the season and sees them up to tenth place with ten points from 11 matches.
The first real shot on goal went the way of Chippa in the 15th minute when Katlego let fly from the edge of the box, but his stinging effort went just wide.
In the 24th minute Evans Rusike showed some fine skill to beat a couple of players before firing a thunderous 25-yard shot goalwards, but the Danile Akpeyi made a good save,
Neither side could find the back of the net as the half ended goalless.
A poor mistake by Akpeyi seven minutes into the second half gifted Mekoa the ball inside the box and he made no mistake with an empty net at his mercy, 1-0.
Chippa began to mount a comeback and came close to scoring in the 73rd minute when Bongani Kama met a free-kick into the box by Marc van Heerden, but his header struck the crossbar.
Two minutes later Chippa did find the equaliser when Thembinkosi Lorch headed home a pin-point cross from Van Heerden, 1-1.
Both sides pushed hard for a winner in the final minutes of the match, but neither could find the back of the net as the match ended 1-1.
Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Mekoa 52’)
Chippa United (0) 1 (Lorch 75’)
Maritzburg: Mpandle, Onyango, Weidlich, Shandu, Shabalala (Saal 46’), Fransman, Mngonyama, Mekoa, Maboe, Lentjies (Mokate 84’), Rusike.
Chippa: Akpeyi, Thopola, Okwuosa, Mako (Bereng 64’), Kama, Sali (Mbokoma 64’), Lorch, Van Heerden, Zuke, Wambi, Mashego (Manzini 84’).