Pirates held by 10-man Maritzburg


 Orlando Pirates were unable to get back to winning ways in the DStv Premiership after playing to a goalless draw against Maritzburg United.

Linda Mntambo, Terrence Dzvukamanja and Bongani Sam were handed starts fort he visitors, while Travis Graham captained United on his return to the side.

There was noo dilly-dallying following kick-off as Pirates went on the prowl from a galloping header in the box by Olisah Ndah and Tshegofatso Mabasa’s close-range shot which Marcel Engelhardt saved.

Engelhardt wasn’t out of danger midway following the first half and got reduced to a low outstretched save from a snap shot on the edge of the area by Linda Mntambo.

Pirates should have left Engelhardt for dead shortly after the half-hour mark, but Dzvukamanja put Mntambo’s ball into the area wide of the mark with the defence in sixes and sevens.

The Team of Choice eagerly looked for a different second period, as Ernst Middendorp introduced Daylon Claasen in place of Riyaaz Ismail to bolster the attack.

It indeed structured Maritzburg to more ventures into the Buccaneers third, with an attempt by Amadou Soukouna and thereafter Ryan Rae seeing a header from a ball into space travel wide.

Although, a set-back followed in the middle of the second half when a high-foot challenge from Brandon Theron on Thabang Monare saw the former receive a straight red card.

Pirates desperately looked to make use of the one man advantage with the clock flowing by but just as in the first half were deprived by missed chances which then signalled a goalless outcome.

Confirmed line-ups:

Maritzburg: Engelhardt, Ismail, Rae, Ndengane, Allie, L. Hlongwane, Theron, Kewuti, Graham, B. Hlongwane, Soukouna.

Subs: Peterson, Human, Zumah, Claasen, Ritchie, Bhengu, Skelem, Dlamuka, Bennett.

Pirates: Mpontshane, Jele, Sam, Ndah, Mako, Monare, Makaringe, Mntambo, Shandu, Dvzukamanja, Mabasa.

Subs: Sandilands, Peprah, Mabaso, Bophela, Mngonyama, Dlamini, Hlatshwayo, Makgaka, Hotto.

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