Maritzburg beat Leopards to keep survival hopes alive
Maritzburg United edged out Black Leopards 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the victory, the Team of Choice remained 16th on the league standings – a point behind 12th-placed Free State Stars, while Lidoda Duvha remained 13th on the log.
Both teams struggled to create chances in the opening stages of the game and the two goalkeepers were not seriously tested.
The Team of Choice grew in confidence as the match progressed, with Siphesihle Ndlovu working hard in midfield for the visitors.
The reigning Young PSL Player of the Season was presented with a great opportunity to break the deadlock just after the half-hour mark.
However, Ndlovu was brilliantly denied by King Ndlovu in Leopards goal, with the home side’s defence exposed.
Allan Kateregga’s shot from the edge of the box was then blocked as Leopards contained Maritzburg in the first half.
The two teams were locked at 0-0 during the halftime break.
It took only two minutes for the visitors to break the deadlock after the restart and it was Mohau Mokate who hit the back of the net.
Fortune Makaringe set-up the striker, who then beat keeper Ndlovu to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg as the visitors stunned the home crowd.
It was on 2-0 to Maritzburg when Leopards defender Jean Munganga scored an own goal after some good work by Makaringe in the 51st minute.
The hosts then pressed the visitors and they pulled one back through Mwape Musonda just after the hour-mark to mark it 2-1.
Mwape, who is the current Absa Premiership top goalscorer, was netting his 15th goal of the season as he looks to clinch the Golden Boot.
Lidoda Duvha pushed for a late winning equalising goal, with coach Dylan Kerr having introduced attacker Thokazani Sekotlong.
However, Maritzburg stood firm at the back and ultimately they ran out 2-1 winners against Leopards.
Leopards (0) 1 (Musonda 62′)
Maritzburg (0) 2 (Mokate 47′, Munganga og 52′)