Maritzburg held by Stars
Posted: 28 February 2015 Time: 22:09
Maritzburg United and Free State Stars played out to a goalless Absa Premiership draw at a wet Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night.
Apart from a handful of genuine goalscoring opportunities, the game lacked life and urgency and needed a player of high quality to make a game changing moment, but it never happened.
It took until the 16th minute for the first real shot at goal when Maritzburg midfielder Thamsanqa Mkhize put his attempt wide of goal.
Just a few moments later Mohammed Anas missed the target with a header, and he was followed by Stars’ Moeketsi Sekola, who stuck his effort wide of the post.
The visitors had two quick chances in the 22nd minute when Camaldine Abraw hit the side-netting before slicing a good attempt wide of goal.
With a few minutes to go to the half time break, Stars’ Danny Venter had a very good chance when from close range he hit the target, but keeper Virgil Vries was up to the task.
Stars began the second half well and came close to the opener when Abraw had two attempts on goal, but saw Vries keep them both out.
In the 53rd minute Mandaza hit the upright and the follow-up opportunity by Anas found the back of the net, but it was ruled out for off-side.
Then near the end of the game, Lentjies nearly squeezed the ball past Mathole, who gathered the ball at his second attempt right on the goal-line.
In the dying seconds Stars substitute Adam Abdul Basit flashed a shot on goal but Vries pushed the ball out for a corner.
HOME: Maritzburg United
Coach: Steve Komphela
Formation: four four two
AWAY: Free State Stars
Coach: Kinnah Phiri
Formation: four two three one