Absa Premiership match report Maritzburg United v Cape Town City 07 April 2018
Posted: 7 April 2018 Time: 19:24
Maritzburg United missed the chance to apply real pressure in the title chase after being held to a 1-1 draw against Cape Town City on Saturday.
City came without a number of key players that included Teko Modise, Lyle Lakay and Ayanda Patosi to mention but a few.
Following their midweek loss to Golden Arrows, the Cape Town outfit were eager to return to winning ways to avoid risking their top eight chances.
Their start showed their intentions, with the likes of Thabo Nodada firing shots on goal and piling on the pressure in search for the opener.
The Team of Choice, who also come off a midweek loss, sustained the earlier pressure but were threatening the minute they got on the ball with Lebohang Maboe and Siphesihle Ndlovu.
They went ahead on 27 minutes courtesy of Belgian Andrea Fileccia who capitalised on poor defending to beat Sage Stephens.
City response was unfamiliar, as they continued looking to play their way through to goal with their short-passing ability with half-time fast approaching.
In the end, the Pietermaritzburg side went into the break leading, leaving Benni McCarthy with all work to stage a comeback.
At the start of the second half, City made the first change off the bench, bringing on Kwanda Mngonyama for Thamsanqa Mkhize.
They got the first effort on goal with a header from a free-kick as Nodada drew a rather comfortable save from Richard Ofori.
The Ghanaian pulled off another point-blank save, this time from Masoud Juma at the midway point following a quick build-up.
With the game winding down, City pulled one out of the hat in added time when Juma made the hosts pay for their deplorable finishing throughout the second stanza for a creditable draw.
HOME: Maritzburg United
Coach: Fadlu Davids
AWAY: Cape Town City
Coach: Benedict McCarthy