Aces cruise past Maritzburg
Posted: 2 April 2016 Time: 14:54
A first half penalty by Collins Mbesuma and a late free-kick by Limbikani Mzava were enough to ensure Mpumalanga Black Aces progress to the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals after a 2-0 win against Maritzburg United at Kanyamazane Stadium.
The win means AmaZayoni join Bidvest Wits in the quarterfinals of the Ke Yona competition, after they defeated Magesi FC 6-0 on Friday night.
Despite a slow start, Aces threatened first, but they failed to clinch an opening goal when Tumelo Mogapi denied Sibusiso Masina after a telling cross by Aubrey Ngoma on the left.
After a great move by the hosts, they were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute when David Booysen fouled Bhongolethu Jayiya in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
The experienced Zambian striker and skipper Mbesuma converted from the spot, beating goalkeeper Tawfeeq Salie.
Three minutes later Kurt Lentjies had a chance to respond and make it 1-1, but his free-kick was tipped away by Shu-Aib Walters for a corner.
With two minutes to the interval, Ryan Moon got a chance to head home Thamsanqa Teyise’s cross, but his header failed to trouble Walters.
In the second half, Mbesuma came close to making it 2-0 when he failed to connect with a low cross from the right from Aubrey Ngoma.
Just after coming on, Gregory Maasdorp nearly made an immediate impact after he missed a wonderful opportunity, beating Walters off his line with a great header, but it went inches over the crossbar in the 63rd minute.
With 15 minutes to go, good touches in the middle of the park by Ernst Middendorp's men allowed them to penetrate Aces, but Walters saved Philani Zulu's shot with his legs.
Substitute Judas Moseamedi became a handful for the visitors' defence and kept United on their toes but failed to make it 2-0 for Ertugral's men as his attempt was blocked from close range.
But in time added-on, United keeper Salie was beaten at the near-post by Mzava after a brilliant low set piece by the Malawian skipper, ensuring AmaZayoni are through to the next round.
HOME: Mpumalanga Black Aces
Coach: Muhsin Ertugral
AWAY: Maritzburg United
Coach: Ernst Middendorp