MTN 8 News 27.8.2017 08:22 am

Away goal gives Maritzburg the edge

Lebohang Maboe of Maritzburg United celebrates goal with teammates  (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

Lebohang Maboe of Maritzburg United celebrates goal with teammates (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

Lebohang Maboe gave Maritzburg their all-important away goal just six minutes from full time.

Maritzburg United underlined their growing stature when they came back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw in an MTN8 first leg semi-final clash against SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

SuperSport were on top for most of the first hour and took the lead soon after the restart through Thuso Phala, before Fadlu Davids’ team stormed back in the final 20 minutes to claim the equaliser in the 85th minute through Lebohang Maboe.

It was the home side which posed more of a threat up front throughout most of the first half, and there were early chances as Bradley Grobler and Clayton Daniels both drew saves out of visiting keeper Bongani Mpandle.

There was another opportunity in the 26th minute for the Tshwane team when Morgan Gould powered his way into the box at a corner kick and sent a header over the crossbar.

Maritzburg battled to penetrate the SuperSport defence and their best moment of the first half came on 30 minutes when Maboe accelerated past a couple of defenders before slashing a 25-yard shot wide.

Matsatsantsa could have opened their account five minutes later when a blistering counter-attack culminated with Phala picking out Grobler, but his header provided a comfortable save for Mpandle.

The deadlock was broken eight minutes of halftime when Phala finished clinically with an angled shot into the far post after he was played in by Dove Wome.

Wome had the ball in the net himself on the 60 minute mark when he turned and fired into the bottom corner, but the effort was ruled off-sides in what looked a very marginal call.

The KZN side got some momentum going in search of an equaliser, but SuperSport keeper Ronwen Williams made a brilliant save to keep out Sheldon van Wyk before Deolin Mekoa’s free kick skimmed the bar.

However, Maritzburg had their all-important away goal just six minutes from full time when following a throw-in, Maboe was afforded space in the box which allowed him to smash home a left-footed drive into the far corner of the net.

The Team of Choice will fancy their chances of reaching their first-ever cup final when they host Matsatsantsa at their home fortress in two weeks’ time.

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fixtures

Maritzburg Utd vs P Stars
Baroka vs P City
Sundowns vs SuperSport Utd
CT City vs Wits

results

Sundowns 1-1 FS Stars
P Stars 0-0 SuperSport Utd
Chiefs 1-0 CT City
Arrows 1-2 Wits

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Mamelodi Sundowns 21 39
2 Kaizer Chiefs 21 34
3 Orlando Pirates 21 33
4 Free State Stars 21 33
5 Maritzburg United 21 31
6 Cape Town City 21 31
7 Chippa United 21 27
8 Baroka FC 21 27
9 AmaZulu 21 26
10 SuperSport United 21 25
11 Bidvest Wits 21 25
12 Bloem Celtic 20 25
13 Golden Arrows 21 23
14 Polokwane City 20 22
15 Ajax Cape Town 21 21
16 Platinum Stars 21 17

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