Highlands Park
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Makhulong Stadium
19/03/2017 15:30
Referee: Chris Harrison

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PSL Absa Premiership match report Highlands Park vs Maritzburg United

Posted: 19 March 2017 Time: 14:27

Highlands Park climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Maritzburg United in Tembisa on Sunday afternoon.

In a dull contest, veteran midfielder Surprise Moriri headed home a 23rd minute corner for his first goal for the hosts at Makhulong Stadium.

The win lifted Highlands to 13th spot on the table with 20 points from 21 matches - a point ahead of neighbours Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars, and five in front of Baroka.

Maritzburg, who have won once in seven outings in 2017 under new coach Roger de Sa, are 10th in the standings with 23 points from 21 fixtures.

Highlands mentor Gordon Igesund made wholesale team changes following a 2-0 Nedbank Cup defeat to Ea Lla Koto in their previous assignment.

Igesund brought back goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini, Eddie Ngalo, Chris Katjiukua, Mothobi Mvala, Moriri, Lindokuhle Mbatha and Peter Shalulile.

The men to make way were: Marlon Heugh, Pedro Amorim, Christopher Komane, Thanduyise Khuboni, Sandile Khwela, Franklin Cale and well-travelled Ethiopian hitman Fikru Lemessa.

De Sa likewise also made adjustments after a successive KZN derby loss to Golden Arrows.

The former Ajax Cape Town boss handed starts to Brian Onyango, Devon Saal and Mohau Mokate at the expense of Denis Weidlich, Lebohang Maboe and Kurt Lentjies.

Article by: Staff Reporter

HOME: Highlands Park

Coach: Gordon Igesund
Formation: 4-4-2

  • 16 Tapuwa Kapini
  • 20 Siyabonga Nhlapo
  • 22 Eddie Ngalo
  • 33 Junior Sibande
  • 39 Chris Katjiukua
  • 2 Brandon Theron
    72 mins - Kgomotso Koena
  • 2 Brandon Theron
    72 mins - Kgomotso Koena
  • 8 Surprise Moriri
  • 38 Peter Shalulile
  • 43 Lindokuhle Mbatha
    52 mins - Franklin Cale
  • 11 Charlton Mashumba
    85 mins - Fikru Lemessa

AWAY: Maritzburg United

Coach: Roger de Sa
Formation: 3-5-2

  • 30 Virgil Vries
  • 2 Brian Onyango
  • 16 Bevan Fransman
  • 45 Kwanda Mngonyama
  • 13 Fortune Makaringe
    76 mins - Mondli Dlamini
  • 26 Bandile Shandu
    58 mins - Sheldon van Wyk
  • 28 Deolin Mekoa
  • 37 Siphesihle Ndlovu
  • 18 Devon Saal
  • 19 Evans Rusike
  • 22 Mohau Mokate
    58 mins - Andrea Fileccia

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