Maritzburg United
  • Ayanda Nkosi (4)
  • Mario Booysen (7)
2 - 0
Harry Gwala
18/09/2013 19:30

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Maritzburg United beat Mpumalanga Black Aces: PSL soccer

Posted: 18 September 2013 Time: 7:13 pm

Two goals in the first 10 minutes handed Maritzburg United a 2-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces on Wednesday night.

Ayanda Nkosi and Mario Booysen struck early and set the Team of Choice on the path to victory.

Amazayoni also had a man sent off in the first-half, allowing the home side were able to cruise for the rest of the game.

Maritzburg got off to a flying start, when a simple long ball saw debutant Nkosi spring the offside trap, hold off a challenge from Omar Hendricks and calmly finish past goalkeeper Bafana Nhlapo.

Just three minutes later United doubled their advantage. A cross was floated into the penalty area from a free-kick and Mario Booysen got between two Aces defenders to power home a towering header.

On 14 minutes Nkosi almost scored a third goal for the hosts. A long diagonal ball sent striker Yakubu Mohammed free down the left, and he in turn picked out a great cross to find Nkosi, but the youngster’s first-time shot was well saved by Nhlapo.

10 minutes later Ofentse Nato almost pulled one back for Amazayoni with a superbly struck long-range effort, but Shu-Aib Walters showed his class, tipping the ball over the crossbar for a corner.

On the half-hour mark things went from bad to worse for Aces. The visitors seemed to be gaining a foothold in the game, but were suddenly reduced to 10 men when midfielder Sandile Zuke was shown a straight red card for a studs-up, two-footed challenge on Michael Morton.

Despite being a man down, Aces should have halved the deficit early in the second half. A corner was flicked on at the near post and fell kindly for Eduardo Ferreira, but the Brazilian centre-back directed his close-range effort over the target.

Substitute Thabang Mathuka should have made it 3-0 with just over a quarter hour to play, as he found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the penalty area, but Nhlapo made a fine block to keep the scoreline respectable.

Article by: BackpageTxt

HOME: Maritzburg United

  • 1 Shu-Aib Walters
  • 0 Rheece Evans
  • 15 Ruben Cloete
  • 16 Robyn Johannes
  • 18 Ryan de Jongh
  • 33 Mario Booysen
  • 18 Michael Morton
    85 mins - Mohammed Awal
  • 25 Ashley Hartog
  • 27 Thamsanqa Mkhize
  • 9 Yakubu Mohammed
    54 mins - Thabang Matuka
  • 21 Ayanda Nkosi
    64 mins - Terrence Mandaza

AWAY: Mpumalanga Black Aces

  • 16 Bafana Nhlapo
  • 14 Eduardo Ferreira
  • 17 Method Mwanjali
  • 25 Omar Hendricks
  • 39 Ntuthuko Mabaso
  • 5 Sandile Zuke
  • 11 Abia Nale
    69 mins - Clifford Ngobeni
  • 15 Thabo Qalinge
    78 mins - Betheul Tukane
  • 18 Themba Zwane
    88 mins - Esau Mtsweni
  • 23 Ofentse Nato
  • 40 Mabhuti Khenyeza
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