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Maritzburg United vs AmaZulu PSL

Posted: 12 December 2014 Time: 19:33

AmaZulu fought back from a goal and a man down to secure a 1-1 Absa Premiership draw against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

Mondli Cele had given the Team of Choice a first-half lead, but Bongani Ndulula ensured a share of the spoils, despite Usuthu being a man down following a red card shown to Bornwell Mwape.

The first clear chance of the match went the way of the visitors, with Ndulula turning sharply after collecting the ball from a throw-in, only for his shot to flash wide.

Nhlanhla Vilakazi headed over the crossbar soon afterwards before the hosts got the opener on 37 minutes.

Cele switched flanks to the left, received a pass just inside the area and cut inside to beat goalkeeper Siyabonga Mngoma with a low shot just inside the near-post.

Usuthu sent on Ayanda Dlamini at the start of the second half and the change had the desired effect as they started to threaten more, though clear-cut chances were hard to come by.

Mwape almost produced an equaliser on 65 minutes, pushing forward into the box before striking a fearsome left-footed effort across the face of goal and just wide of the far post.

But the striker lost his head soon after – being shown a straight red card for a reckless, studs-up challenge on Ashley Hartog.

However, just a few minutes later the Durban side were awarded a penalty when Ndulula was bundled over in the box by Mohammed Awal. The Bafana Bafana striker took the spot kick himself and emphatically fired it into the back of the net.

United pushed hard to restore their lead, but found Ngoma in fine form. And when the goalkeeper was beaten, Hartog saw his header cannon back off the crossbar.

The result sees Maritzburg move up to fifth, while AmaZulu remain rooted to the foot of the table.

HOME: Maritzburg United

Coach: Steve Komphela
Formation: four three three

AWAY: AmaZulu

Coach: Steve Barker
Formation: four two three one

Livefyre comments on this story...

Fashion4
posted: 2014-12-12 18:58:41

Mr Barker made a huge mistake joining a sinking ship.

KiloEcho
posted: 2014-12-12 19:06:44

Fashion4 wanted to be a hero

The Best Rhino
posted: 2014-12-12 19:12:54

He Never join Amazulu but he Join the Money Finish and Klaar. Love & Peace. 

insizwa_yomzulu
posted: 2014-12-12 19:13:19

If he still plays Johannes I see no future for him at AmaZulu.

black n white
posted: 2014-12-12 19:17:40

# usuthu oluma bheshu ankone inyokana eluhlzana umabona bulawe ingane zika nkotheni odla ibhantshi lakhe alishebe nezi nkinobho zalo # kyabheda

Khosi laseNanda
posted: 2014-12-12 19:21:33

First it's was arrows now amazulu aiy this is bad for my province

Khosi32
posted: 2014-12-12 19:23:27

Barker made a huge mistake joining Amazulu

kae kapa kae
posted: 2014-12-12 20:11:08

Ndulula

insizwa_yomzulu
posted: 2014-12-12 20:16:27

Usuthu won't be relegated

Double_Champ_68-Cups(12 League titles)
posted: 2014-12-12 21:10:50

Amazulu will be not relagated

Tebogo Jackson
posted: 2014-12-12 21:14:41

Who was man of the match

Mgqwabeni
posted: 2014-12-12 22:21:56

Amazulu should have hired ubra Prof Ngubane they should have avoided relegation come end of the season.

Khosi5yd
posted: 2014-12-13 04:10:30

That's true,..money was the issue!!!

plk015
posted: 2014-12-13 07:32:56

Where is your finger mr ndulula

mchangana@paybackthemoney
posted: 2014-12-13 07:38:39

Icala la mawele

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