Premier Soccer League match report Maritzburg United 2-2 Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 11 February 2014 Time: 19:10
Kaizer Chiefs were unable to make it 10 Premiership wins in a row as they drew 2-2 with Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday evening.
United halted the Chiefs juggernaut via strikes from Man of the Match Ryan de Jongh and new signing Bhongolwethu Jayiya, while Kingston Nkhatha and Tefu Mashamaite netted for the champions at Harry Gwala Stadium.
The result leaves Amakhosi on 40 points from 18 games - nine points ahead of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, who have two matches in hand. United are 13th on the table with 17 points - four points above the drop zone.
Maritzburg made the ideal start to the tie, as De Jongh thumped a volley in off the post from 20 yards out after Mulomowandau Mathoho headed a Rheece Evans cross towards the edge of the area.
Chiefs, however, hit back five minutes later, as Nkhatha tapped the ball in on the rebound after Siphiwe Tshabalala's rising drive slipped through Shu-Aib Walters's fingers and hit the cross bar.
Walters, though, did well in the 20th minute to push out a shot by the overlapping Siboniso Gaxa, who was operating at left-back due to an injury to Tsepo Masilela.
Soon after, Jayiya, a January loan recruit from Bidvest Wits, curled a left-footed attempt narrowly over the target before Tshabalala fired a strike straight at Walters at the other end.
The Team of Choice then took the lead in the 36th minute, when Jayiya converted a penalty for his second goal in as many games after PSL debutant Lorenzo Gordinho tripped Kurt Lentjies in the area.
Both sides had chances before the interval, as Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune tipped over a header by Mario Booysen before Mashamaite squeezed a free volley wide of the United goal following a corner by Tshabalala.
The Glamour Boys came close to drawing level in the 55th minute, but Mathoho's booming header off a corner was acrobatically foiled by Walters.
Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter made a double substitution 10 minutes later, as marquee signing Katlego Mphela came on for his first outing in the black and gold at the expense of Nkhatha, while George Lebese replaced the ineffectual Knowledge Musona.
The league champions pressed in search of an equaliser, and got their reward when Mashamaite nodded in a Bernard Parker free-kick from the left in the 80th minute.
Mphela nearly snatched victory two minutes later but he rattled the side-netting after being released by Tshabalala.