Usuthu too good for Maritzburg
Posted: 14 March 2014 Time: 19:39
A Bongani Ndulula brace helped AmaZulu come back from a goal down to beat Maritzburg United 3-1 at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.
Kurt Lentjies won and converted a penalty to put the Team of Choice in the lead after 45 minutes of play, but a goal from Goodman Dlamini and two more from Ndulula in the second half secured a valuable three points for Usuthu.
Man of the Match Goodman Dlamini showed the first signs of a spark in the first half with a few attempts at goal, with his namesake Ayanda also trying his luck, but Shu-Aib Walters was not troubled in the Maritzburg goal.
AmaZulu has the better of the possession in the first half but fell behind on the stroke of half-time somewhat against the run of play.
A swift counter-attack from Steve Komphela's side saw Ryan de Jongh hit a perfect through-ball on the run with his left foot into the path of Kurt Lentjies, who powered towards goal before being brought down by Marc van Heerden in the box. Lentjies slotted the penalty into the bottom-left corner to make it 1-0 at the break.
But the second half was the Dlamini-Ndulula show.
First Goodman Dlamini bundled home a square-ball after good work from Larry Horaeb down the right flank. Ndulula missed the first attempt but Dlamini was following up to steer the ball home.
Ndulula then scored an almost identical goal, this time Goodman Dlamini the provider from the right byline to set up an easy tap-in for the man they call 'Drogba'.
Drogba then scored a goal worthy of his name. Ruzaigh Gamildien, back in action again after a frustrating spell out with an ankle injury, released the striker from just inside his own half down the left flank.
Ndulula charged towards his marker, cut inside into the box, performed two quick stepovers, beat his man ... then dummied to create space for the shot, and buried it into the bottom-left corner as Walters could only stand and watch.
Maritzburg threw men forward in the closing stages but hardly threatened teh Usuthu goal, with Craig Rosslee's side comfortably seeing out the result for a valuable three points, and the KZN bragging rights.