Maritzburg Snatch Vital Away Goal In Tshwane
MTN8 Report: SuperSport United v Maritzburg United 26 August 2017
Result: SuperSport United 1-1 Maritzburg United
Date: 26 August 2017
Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium
Lebohang Maboe's late goal helped Maritzburg United claim a 1-1 draw against SuperSport United in the first leg of their MTN8 semi-final.
Eric Tinkler's charges enjoyed most of the possession in the opening exchanges of the encounter, while Maritzburg were quite content to sit back.
Despite SuperSport's early domination, they failed to carve out any clear-cut chances in the Maritzburg box in the opening 20 minutes.
Eric Tinkler's charges had to wait until the 27th minute for their first opportunity when Thuso Phala picked out Morgan Gould, who headed over from close range.
The hosts were doing all the attacking and they carved out another chance in the 33rd minute when Phala crossed for Bradley Grobler, whose header was saved by Bongani Mpandle.
For the final 10 minutes of the half, Maritzburg, started seeing a bit more of the ball, while Lebohang Maboe looked threatening on numerous occasions.
Nevertheless, the score remained goalless as the two clubs entered the halftime break.
SuperSport continued from where they left off in the first half and they broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute as Dove Wome's delightful pass found Phala, who rifled the ball into the far corner, 1-0.
Maritzburg responded with a substitution seven minutes later, as Fadlu Davids introduced Sheldon Van Wyk for Devon Saal.
The Team of Choice started enjoying more of the ball after 70 minutes with Deolin Mekoa causing a few problems in the SuperSport half.
Maritzburg were eventually rewarded for their perservernce in the 84th minute when Evans Rusike teed up Maboe, who drilled the ball into the bottom corner.
SuperSport suddenly upped the tempo in search of a winning goal, but they were unable to carve out another chance as Maritzburg held on for the draw.
Here's how they lined up:
SuperSport: 30. Williams, 20. Kekana, 4. Daniels, 29. Gould, 3. Ritchie, 6. Letsholonyane, 28. Mokoena, 13. Phala, 16. Modiba (Alexander 72'), 15. Wome, 7. Grobler (Nkhatha 83').
Maritzburg: 1. Mpandle, 16. Fransman, 5. Xulu, 3. Sanoka, 11. Makaringe, 19. Rusike, 8. Ndlovu, 26. Shandu, 15. Maboe, 18. Saal (Van Wyk 63'), 28. Mekoa.