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Maritzburg United beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1

Posted: 7 May 2011 Time: 17:04

Farook Kadodia's promise of a big winbonus paid off, as Maritzburg United beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 on Saturday.

Mor Diouf, Diyo Sibisi and Rudolf Bester got the goals for Maritzburg, before Eduardo Ferreira pulled one back for The Brazilians.

With the result Downs' title hopes are extinguished and United's place in the top-flight is safe, as Vasco da Gama lost in their League match.

It was a great start for the home side as they found the back of the net in the fifth minute after some poor goalkeeping by Wayne Sandilands.

United whipped in an in-swinging free-kick from the left side of the field and the Downs keeper spilled the cross straight into the path of Diouf six yards.

The Maritzburg player made no mistake, side-footing the ball into an empty net.

The Brazilians seemed a little shocked after a blistering start by the Team of Choice and were lucky not to go a second goal downs eight minutes later.

Gert Schalkwyk found some space just inside the 18-yard area after a great passing movement, but he squandered the golden opportunity when his shot sailed just past the upright.

Sundowns started to find their footing and hit the woodwork in the 15th minute.

Katlego Mphela struck a powerful 30-yard free-kick goalwards, but his effort deflected off the defensive wall and completely wrong footed Shu-Aib Walters.

Luckily for Walters the ball struck the right-hand post.

After that, however, it was Maritzburg who played the better football as they stroked the ball around the park and opened the Downs defence with ease, but their finishing was lacking.

But when United did manage to get their shooting right Sandilands was there to deny them.

In the 28th minute the Downs keeper did brilliantly, diving to his right to push away a 20-yard Rudolph Bester shot.

Nonetheless, there was nothing Sandilands could do in 40th minute when Diyo Sibisi scored from the penalty spot.

The referee adjudged Ferreira to have fouled Sibisi inside the box, and the striker doubled his side’s lead, giving them a firm advantage going into the half-time break.

The second half continued in the same fashion and United put the match beyond doubt when they found their third goal in the 53rd minute.

Another swift passing movement by the Team of Choice, and Bester found himself in space 16 yards out and buried the ball with a firm strike to make it 3-0.

Downs pulled a goal back in the 62nd minute, when Ferreira made up for his earlier indiscretion, pouncing on a loose ball in a goalmouth scramble and firing it into the back of the net.

Thereafter The Brazilians pressed forward in the hope of an amazing comeback, but it was not to be.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:33 pm
We went into this game tired n mentally unprepared,I'm so dissapntd wit the plyz they were just not there 2day,Chips made us a favour n pirate drew just imagine had we won that game,sehlogo ga kgwele ya dinao hey!
posted: 05:42 pm
I will never hear some1 talking about QUALITY as from 2day. Quality z M foot. Sundowns lost 2 monnows maritzburg with their full quality (including the no 1 striker of Mzantsi, Rats drew with Santos with their full quality. So stop making anoise with quality, buy quality players. What z a quality anyway? Madred R out of de Champs League, man United R in de final. So leave my team Amakosi with their quality. Quality z just name. Kosi till reverend sand me 2 de dust.
posted: 05:46 pm
Credit shud go to MU for the job well done. Chiefs did their job by beating bt these useless prima donnas forgot that they still need to win their game. Bunch of overated . COWS nx.
posted: 05:57 pm
Teams must learn that beating Kaizer Chiefs doesnt automatically hand U de league or any other trophy. Sundowns were over de moon stating dat de League z deirs. He he he he Tswane wa rocka. And they lost 2 de monnows infact they R completely out of de race with their full quality. I luv my Kaizer Chiefs.
posted: 06:00 pm
Shame...how cruel football is! A wina against Chimpanzes brought huge hope and expectations and suddenly Maritzburg have shuttered them?
posted: 06:03 pm
I thought I know football but today...
posted: 06:13 pm
Where is pretoria soccer league. This league is either going soweto or cape town.
42 Guns Pumped Up
posted: 06:15 pm
From the beginning since we fired Skhova last year with all the mickey mouse coaches gorowa habas it was gloom all along.
posted: 06:26 pm
ha ha ha!!!
posted: 06:31 pm
Yet another season without a silverwear. 1 ? 2 Sundowns, what do u have 2 show 4 the quality of players u have been making all noise about?

Amakhozi 4 Life
posted: 06:36 pm
ayi he he he times are hard. We are three now flop are sweeping floors at 4th floor. Hheyi we still depend on maths. Bt flops are bburied in highest coart in sa maritzburg. Amagugu. Alelizwe ayosala epmbuurg lol. I luv u. Tombstone,sunflops. Bye.
posted: 06:38 pm
Last week Sunday, Sundowns were said to have eliminated Chiefs from the tittle challenge... Look now
posted: 06:44 pm
U gotta admit it. There is no therefore in soccer. Just last week it was "the lig is going to pretoria". I still say he lig is going to CPT or Naturena

PSL is the best lig in the World, hope next season we get even more xcitment
posted: 06:55 pm
This league is exciting I like the competition and I wish this can be translated in the bafana bafana outfit as we go forward, hardy Swineclowns it wasn't meant to be, ur "quality" is probably quantity of useless material mixed with usable ingredients however, as fans learn to be tolerant maybe with Habas the situation couldve been different but with Gorowa it looks like you're in a deep end. When was the last time you won a silverware? Its been a few seasons hey you're starting to forget the last time you took those pictures with a silverware in front. Pull up ur socks its tough outhere
posted: 06:58 pm
Ha ha ha! Earth z da limit
posted: 07:05 pm
Khosweyts where u @?
posted: 07:57 pm
Sho, Alphar(Nges'bham' Somdoko) I'm right here Bhakajuju, smarting in defeat and ofcourse grimacing in pain. Wena? Is there anything out of the ordinary you wanna tell me about Ndulula and Pirates?

Ay, I'm better off with my new adopted team, despite the financial shortcomings, thank you..,mh Khosifiction!
posted: 08:33 pm
This team has been playing boring fubal hence they win some of their games and rated very high by the so called soccer expects!!!im glad MU sure them that they are buntch of useless cows. and once again Kaizer Motoung reminded us that this team has been buying expensive but have not won anything for the last three seasons
posted: 08:44 pm
Sundowns gona achieve nothing with moloto;makhanya and company present.I lov sundowns but dez no hope with current leadership and our cluelez coach.hez dead can't think:chiefs win was a fluke as defenz died b4 game

Amazulu xposed his weaknez and celtics gona bury us.we lost a chance of bng crowned absa victors.motsepe shud overhaul 4de beta get muhsin or gavin.trot and makhanya shud leav
posted: 09:27 pm
"4 people are killing Sundowns"- Hristo Stoichkov.

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