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Maritzburg Send Ten-Man Downs Packing To Reach Nedbank Cup Final

Nedbank Cup Match Report: Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, 22 April 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Apr 22, 2018 04:55 PM

Nedbank Cup Semi-finals

Full Time: Maritzburg United 3-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

Date: 17 April 2018

Venue: Harry Gwala stadium

Maritzburg United came from behind, after conceding a goal after just 70 seconds, to beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 in a Nedbank Cup semi-final at the Harry Gwala stadium on Sunday.

It was the best possible start for the Brazilians who opened the scoring in the second minute when Percy Tau played Gaston Sirino through on goal and he saw his low 16-yard shot fumbled into the net by the Maritzburg goalkeeper, 1-0.

The defence of both teams tightened up after that and the next effort on goal only came in the 23rd minute when Maritzburg’s Bevan Fransman fired a 24-yard free-kick inches over the target.

On the half hour mark Sibusiso Vilakazi ventured into the Maritzburg box from the left and squared for Tau, but he saw his close-range effort blocked on the line by a defender.

In the 41st minute Zwane sent Vilakazi through on goal with a pin-point defence-splitting pass, but the latter saw his 16-yard shot spectacularly saved by Richard Ofori.

Two minutes later Maritzburg managed to equalise when Lebohang Maboe picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and dully fired a low shot into the corner of the net to make it 1-1 at half time.

It was a slow start to the second half with the first scoring opportunity coming in the 58th minute when a mistake in defence by Rushine De Reuck     allowed Themba Zwane to drive into the box, but he was denied by Ofori in a one-on-one.

Ten minutes later Sirino fashioned some space for himself 20-yards out, but his thunderous effort was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by the Maritzburg keeper.

In the 74th minute Sundowns suffered a major set-back when they were reduced to ten men after Sirino received a second yellow card in a matter of minutes to leave his side with ten men.

Maritzburg pushed forward after that and found the winning goal in the 85th minute courtesy of substitute Mxolisi Kunene – the young attacker showed great strength inside the box before turning a defender and firing a home from eight-yards out, 2-1.

The icing on the cake for Maritzburg was their third goal in the 91st minute when Fortune Makaringe was sent through on goal and he made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, 3-1.

Here is how they line up.

Maritzburg: 31 Ofori, 23 De Reuck, 16 Fransman, 25 Xulu, 3 Sanoka, 11 Makaringe, 15 Maboe, 28 Mekoa (36 Kunene 71’), 26 Shandu, 8 Ndlovu (6 Thlone 95’), 9 Fileccia (22 Mokate 89’).

Subs: 1 Mpandle, 22 Mokate, 14 Matima, 36 Kunene, 10 Atouba, 12 Van Wyk, 6 Thlone.

Sundowns: 14 Onyango, 4 Langerman, 6 Arendse, 16 Nascimento, 20 Ngcongca (27 Morena 55’), 26 Sirino, 13 Mabunda, 7 Manyisa, 18 Zwane, 11 Vilakazi (35 Makgalwa 82’), 22 Tau (19 Brockie 89’).

Subs: 31 Brimah, 32 Madisha, 27 Morena, 38 Zulu, 19 Brockie, 19 Brockie, 28 Laffor, 35 Makgalwa.


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belo Joined: 24 Apr 2018
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belo Apr 24, 2018 01:03 PM
Sundown's players were completely bullied physically by the Maritzburg young boys such that they seemed even afraid at some point. They can beat us with pace & skill yes, but not physically. This chaps are young and inexperienced but they got the better out of us. The Wednesday league game will be the same if Sundown's continue with their cheese boy mentality.
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Sbunusempuku Apr 23, 2018 02:00 PM
Manyisa shouldn't have left Pirates in the 1st place
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chiccovaro Apr 23, 2018 01:20 PM
Downs has all the spices ur Chill's ur barbeque downs is like national team BT Mr big fish still fail how can u fail with so much qualities means he's useless khosi by birth
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chiccovaro Apr 23, 2018 01:17 PM
Pitso pitso what the guy is just clue less useless with all quality players bt he still fails manqoba should take over or I'll even Steve can win cup with downs
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Mr Correct Apr 23, 2018 12:18 PM
You have 30 star players but always field same 11 which look exhausted, why buy all those players kanti vele?
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Schakos Apr 23, 2018 12:13 PM
Everytime we lose referees are to blame
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Schakos Apr 23, 2018 11:55 AM
@wash & wear Thank you for wishing me a goodnite last night ,i hope you also had a great one except for chest pains...
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What a lovely Monday
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setlaboswana Apr 23, 2018 10:59 AM
@LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani, yes, my point is that if referees are able to extend their hand to Katsande, why not the other players?
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mareres0607 Apr 23, 2018 10:01 AM
Sir Pitso Mosimane has spoken , we were not serious with nedbank , we want the two big fish , League and Star
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Apr 23, 2018 09:59 AM
I am tired of laughing now and mourning the stadium destruction I am now interested in the news that who will be coaching Chiefs tomorrow. I hope Chiefs brings Ace Khuse and Ryder Mofokeng.
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Apr 23, 2018 09:56 AM
@So-Mathabo-KBY fortunately Motaung has played soccer and he can coach better than Motsepe who only knows Morabaraba and Chess.
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Apr 23, 2018 09:54 AM
@Gold Of Naturena even those who were laughing lauder then others today are hiding, Mama give us the signal as to where to find them and bring them back to this site.
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45calibre Apr 23, 2018 09:41 AM
marizbug is alway a party spoiler, believe me you,marizbug will wallop you again with a long 1-0
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Gold Of Naturena Apr 23, 2018 09:26 AM
Mama even those Sandowns fans who where laughing at Chiefs more louder than FSS fans are here with us,plz mama give us a signal how to laugh at them!!!
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mosekaphofu maggosim Apr 23, 2018 09:00 AM
@MissB was warnt that Marizburg is no push over team
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Apr 23, 2018 08:55 AM
@setlaboswana as for Katsande hey the officials were too soft on him as he has his own way to deal with them. Tsotsi ya leziM.
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Mashia1950 Apr 23, 2018 08:53 AM
I like these team of Marizburg, the play as a team.
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dellah Apr 23, 2018 08:49 AM
@faysal it's good in deed but de difference is that zebbies will b charged for misconduct
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So-Mathabo-KBY Apr 23, 2018 08:48 AM
@setlaboswana Motaung Snr will take over for the 3 remaining matches and then Duncan Lechesa and his technical team of Junior Khanye, Thabiso Malatjie, Derrick Spencer and David Obua will be unveiled before the new season

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