Maritzburg win KZN Derby

The only goal was scored by Fadlu Davids.

The match had a fast and furious opening, with some quick end-to-end football providing good entertainment for a packed house in Pietermaritzburg.

Both sides had a couple of wayward efforts in the opening quarter of an hour, though Richard Henyekane came closest for Arrows with a low shot that flashed just wide of Shu-Aib Walters’ right hand post.

On 36 minutes Kurt Lentjies clipped a lovely cross into the penalty area to find Fadlu Davids stretching a foot out for the ball but the striker couldn’t quite direct his effort on target.

Both sides continued to make half chances in the remainder of the first half, though the score line remained goalless at the interval.

The Team of Choice broke the deadlock just before the hour mark, with Lentjies doing brilliantly to skip free of Siyanda Zwane down the left before providing a perfect cutback from the by-line that was steered home at the near post by Fadlu Davids.

Abafana Bes’thende almost came up with an immediate reply, but Walters did well to repel Thokozani Msengu’s rasping shot at his near post.

On 72 minutes Brice Aka almost embarrassed Arrows’ Helton Da Rocha, charging down a clearing kick from the keeper and then directing a shot on target from the loose ball that the goal minder had to bat away for a corner kick.

Eight minutes later Joseph Musonda and Da Rocha had a breakdown in communication and the defender almost scored an own goal as a result; luckily for the Zambian he was quick enough to prevent the ball running into his own net.

United held out for the victory and the three points.