Team of Choice stun Citizens in KwaMashu
Pogiso Sanoka of Maritzburg United challenged by Thuso Phala of Supersport United during MTN8 Semifinal match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 26 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Tuesday Dec 05, 2017. 21:57
Maritzburg United successfully ended their winless run in the Absa Premiership with a 4-2 win over Cape Town City at the Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Tuesday.
The Team of Choice were in danger of going nine league fixtures without a win as they trailed by a goal at the break, but Fadlu Davids troops finally found their rhythm in the second half of the clash to move up to 10th place on the log standings.
The Citizens opened the scoring after 17 minutes as Sibusiso Masina nodded home Ayanda Patosi’s corner-kick, as the Cape club set their sights on the Premiership summit.
Maritzburg threatened to pull level before the interval, but City’s defence kept firm as they held a narrow 1-0 lead at the end of the first stanza.
The KwaZulu-Natal side finally broke their goal drought as they pulled level in the 54th minute through Pogiso Sanoka. The goal the club’s first in 13 hours of football.
Having bagged their first since mid-September, Maritzburg didn’t have to wait long for their second goal of the night as Mohau Mokate gave the visitors lead in the 65th minute.
The forward completed his brace three minutes later, but City never gave up and pulled within a goal in the 89th minute as Lyle Lakay’s shot cannoned off Bevan Fransman and into the back of the net.
Maritzburg, though, were not to be denied all three points as Siphesihle Ndlovu made sure of victory for the visitors in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Cape Town City (1) 2 (Masina 17′ Fransman OG 89′)
Maritzburg United (0) 4 (Sanoka 54′ Mokate 65′ 68′ Ndlovu 90+4′)
Cape Town City: Walters; Johannes, Gumede, Fielies, Dove, Martin, Nodada, Matsi, Masina (Lakay 75′), Patosi (Ngoma 50′), Majoro ( Akosah-Bempah 75′).
Maritzburg United: Ofori; Sanoka, Xulu, Fransman, Shandu, Maboe, Weidlich (Ndlovu 46′), Makaringe, Atouba (Rusike 46′), Mokate (Onyango 76′), Mekoa.