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Maritzburg dump Sundowns out of Telkom Knockout Cup

Posted: 7 November 2010 Time: 17:06

Mamelodi Sundowns were unceremoniously dumped out of the Telkom Knockout Cup by Maritzburg United on Sunday.

Maritzburg won the Telkom Knockout quarter-final 2-0, with a Rudolf Bester penalty on 15 minutes, and a Fabian McCarthy header on 59 minutes.

Sundowns passed the ball around in the first half, but despite their early domination they were unable to find any openings in the Maritzburg United defence.

And despite their lack of possession, it was United who took the lead in the 15th minute, when Vuyo Mere blatantly handled the ball inside the penalty area. The referee did not hesitate in pointing to the spot and showing Mere a yellow card, but he should have been shown a straight red.

Rudolf Bester stepped up for the Team of Choice and calmly slotted the ball home, sending the keeper the wrong way and handing his side the lead, 1-0.

Sundowns continued to control the game, but were unable to create any clear-cut chances, as their passing in the final third let them down.

Antonio Lopez-Habas made a dramatic substitution when he replaced Mere with Lebohang Mokoena in the 34th minute, but still the Brazilians were unable to open up the United defence.

It was United who finished the half the stronger as Bester again tested Brian Baloyi from long range in the 43rd minute, although the Sundowns keeper made a comfortable save.

Maritzburg looked more comfortable in the second half, and created some decent chances on goal themselves.

In the 59th minute they made their time on the ball count as McCarthy doubled their lead. Bevan Fransch chipped in an inviting free-kick from the right flank and the former Kaizer Chief’s defender rose highest to powerfully head his side’s second goal, 2-0.

Sundowns quickly introduced another offensive player in the form of Surprise Moriri, and he made an immediate impact almost pulling a goal back for his side in the 72nd minute.

After a slick passing movement, Moriri found himself with some space just inside the 18-yard area and let off a powerful shot, but Shu-Aib Walters was on hand to make a good save low and to his left.

Sundowns continued the pressure in the closing minutes of the match, but Maritzburg were able to hold onto their two goal lead and move into the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout Cup.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:08 pm
Just fire the coach
posted: 06:10 pm
bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! What happened 2 expensive and highly paid players? Bhwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
posted: 06:18 pm
I hate to see downs playin this way bcos they r known for piano n shoe shine but ho tla siama sandawanas,i think marizburg wanted it more than u did.

It wud have been nice to play u before we go to the finals.

Tsipa tse ntsho tsipa
posted: 06:21 pm
What is really happening with my beloved team. Why such schoolboy errors. Are these guys really serious or taking us supporters for a ride. The coach must also improve his tactics. We are lacking goals and this time we were exposed.
posted: 06:24 pm
is quite in pretoria.
posted: 06:35 pm
Where was MILKSHAKE?
posted: 06:43 pm
I hav a serious problem with the coach. Poor game plan, poor technical replacement and his lack of speaking English. Lack of early edge from the players.
posted: 06:55 pm
Pretoria teams are weak, no more this PRETORIA SOCCER LEAGUE nonsense.
posted: 07:10 pm
Zotwane(Papi) told de coach abt dis rotation. Its killing de team sometyms any Downs z still one of de strongest in de PSL. What happened 2 Marlin, nothing. Where z Tso Vilakazi? Kosi 4 lyf e-Stutterheim.
posted: 07:28 pm
Whre do i start...i dnt knw both da teams of mine Sundowns en Arsenal lost...am heart broken...
posted: 07:29 pm
Mushweki's brilliance was always gonna take us so far bt never all the way.

We've never been convincing since the departure of Stoichkov and management should take full responsibility. The less about the coach the best. The team was poor!
posted: 07:32 pm
....meaning A.R.S.E.N.A.L
posted: 07:46 pm
Wonder: dont wory my friend, the coach want to concertrate on league as it is the one Motsepe want. I hope it will be hard for you to watch the cabbage defending this one. Any way hard luck, its part of the beautiful game.
posted: 08:07 pm
Motsepe must sell all this scrap and get new plys.
posted: 08:36 pm
Sunclows at it again. Now they blame the coach, not long ago he was the thing to happen winning coach of the month. Where was Fattison and his friends? You guys turn to praise mediocre early.

@Wonder, I thought Sundowns was the best with their top players, what happened? The only thing that makes me happy is that you hate my team more than you like Sundowns and both teams continue to disappoint you. What is left for clowns now? Soon they will drop from log standing.
posted: 09:18 pm
The best teams are in the semis and the overrated team is at it again. Where is wonder now ? Whose crying now
posted: 09:23 pm
'Who will stop Sundowns?' That was a headline on a cover of Kick Off magazine a few weeks back. I'm interested 2 c the new magazine after this disaster.
posted: 10:27 pm
there's nothing refreshing than a Downs loss..hail the Team Of Choice.
posted: 04:37 am
I am not sure if our players take us for granted or they are just not ambitious. What happened to the Sundowns that used to win trophies? This nonsense of going to de draw just irritates. If one looks at the manner in which we lost in the mtn8 and now Telkom knockout, it is because of stupid mistakes by the so-called experienced playas. Nx!. Rubbish is what is covered in their pants. De less said about this coach the better. This guy likes experimenting in cup games. Someone needs to tell this donkey that pre-season games are over. This rotation nonsense doesnt work. He must also stop this favouritism nonsense. My week is spoilt.
posted: 05:10 am
Sunflower is a deadwood team.
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