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Maritzburg United steal a late draw against Bidvest Wits

Posted: 15 April 2011 Time: 21:59

Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits played to lively 1-1 draw in a Premiership match at Harry Gwala stadium on Friday night.

In a match of two halves, Ryan Chapman put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute, but United hit back with a late goal from Diyo Sibisi.

In the end a share of the spoils is a fair reflection of this contest as Wits looked the better side in the opening stanza with United come back strongly in the second half.

United got off to a flyer with Kurt Lentjies testing Darren Keet’s handling skills in the rainy conditions as early as the third minute by drilling a shot on target, but the ball flew straight at the keeper.

The home side should have taken the lead two minutes later when Keet parried Sibisi’s strike into the path of Fadlu Davids, who was following up, but he failed to convert with a close-range header.

Against the run of play, Wits took the lead when Chapman powered home a header from Asive Langwe’s corner.

The goal seemed to shake the lethargy from the visiting team.

United’s keeper Shu-Aib Walters did well to keep out Sibusiso Vilakazi’s well-struck effort from the edge of the penalty area in the 17th minute.

By this time Wits controlled proceedings, as the home side struggled to get a foot on the ball and had to rely on counter-attacking moves to get into opposing territory.

A minute before the interval, Chapman directed a scorching shot at the United goal which had Walters diving full length to his left.

The home side were more lively after break, hoping to claw their way back into the contest.

Wits defender Patrick Phungwayo nearly gave them a lifeline when his mistimed attempt to clear Elias Ngwepe’s cross flew just over his own crossbar in the 55th minute.

A well worked move by the home side saw Felix Obada tear down the left flank in the 57th minute and play a telling ball into the Wits danger area.

But with the goals at his mercy Sibisi was unable to make contact with the ball.

During a rare second half raid from the visitors, Mark Haskins was given space to shoot but he could not send his effort past Walters.

After much pressure in the latter stages United equalised in the 93rd minute when Sibisi headed home an Obada cross.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:06 pm
a win or a point
posted: 10:06 pm
Some1 is very high here. Score reads 1-1 but the story reads maritzburg steal late win against wits.
posted: 10:19 pm
thr is smthing that i dnt understand no:1 maritburg ws playing a home game and they did nt win. No:2 some1 said they won. Hw? Cos they wr only able to defend 2 points out of 3 so do u call dat a win
posted: 10:20 pm
A 1-1 score is a win?
posted: 10:21 pm
maybe the point is so important, hence ''a win''
posted: 10:42 pm
yeah its a win. Just like whn pirates won 1-1 against chiefs. Can anyone imagine how they should have celebrated if that goal was to make it pirates 2-1 chiefs 1?
posted: 06:23 am
editor plz fix ur mistake,anyway bucs wernt celebr8n a draw bt thy wer celebr8n goin 2 da top agen whr chiefs only lastd 4 less dan 90min.y dd khune cryd lyk a lil baby aftr da game
posted: 06:57 am
Why call a draw a win?
posted: 07:04 am
Terminator brada wami, u r rite Khune cried like a baby , the question is why ? as they had drawn the match, the guy couldnt come to terms that he had conceded a goal against these average cows, ask urself why he never cried when we lost to Santos through that Camara cows goal, the answer is they r better than this pap team, i know none of the pap fc supporters will miss watching the biggest team in the land beat Aces.
posted: 07:27 am
'why did khune cry?' nt 'Cryd' or u cn myb put it this way 'i wonder y Khune cried' am nt making myself better am jst trying 2 help
Myb i also dnt undstnd english,Mr editor did wits stil a win AGAINS or FROM m'burg? coz 2 me my undrstndn of yo heading is dat wits eventuali won da game
posted: 07:39 am
I know u dont have to, kodwa ke Mothibantwa ngane yakwethu i didnt understand what it was that u were trying to say with regards to Khune crying , if u may brada , plz xplain
posted: 08:19 am
Mothibantwa i gt ur point bt ts waznt a mattr of nt knwng spllng was jst savin tym n space i gues ul hv 2 corrct me 4 uzn celebr8n,ay kabi broer
posted: 08:58 am
silence if ur so calld average cowz hv only lost 4 games incldn knockouts ths season wit 4 games 2go,i wndr wat do u col da ada 15 teamz coz thyv all done worse dan dat
posted: 10:50 am
maritzburg still a win? c'mon kickoff
posted: 11:17 am
hey morons,stop bad talk about pirates(the kings of sea)if u dnt want 2 comment jst shut up.
posted: 11:21 am
i hope pirates cn win the league and Nedbank cup,because the population is very high in S.A
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