KZN Derby Ends Goalless
Absa Premiership Report: Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United, 17 December 2017
Full Time: Golden Arrows 0-0 Maritzburg United
Date: 17 December 2017
Venue: Princess Magogo Stadium
The The KwaZulu-Natal derby between Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United, at the Princess Magogo Stadium ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
Arrows started well and had the first shot on goal in the eight minute, courtesy of a long range strike from Nduduzo Sibiya, but his effort was well-saved by the Maritzburg keeper.
The home side continued to pile on the pressure and came close to the opening goal in the 25th minute, when Velemseni Ndwandwe met a pass from Knox Mutizwa, but he was thwarted by the Maritzburg keeper once again.
The away team offered very little in attack throughout the opening half, but did managing a stinging 18-yard shot on goal in the 39th minute thanks to Evans Rusike, but he saw his effort brilliantly saved by the Arrows keeper.
The half ended 0-0.
Maritzburg came out a rejuvenated side at the start of the second half with Rusike breaking through on goal two minutes in, but he failed to beat Nkosingiphile Gumede in a one-on-one.
In the 55th minute some swift counter-attacking play by Arrows, saw Kudakwashe Mahachi drive into the box before unleashing a well-stuck shot, but he saw his effort cleared off the goalline.
Ten minutes later Maritzburg were on the attack when Rusike met a cross from the left with a strong header, but his effort went just wide of the target.
The next decent effort on goal only came in the 81st minute, when Siphelele Magubane unleashed a long range thunderbolt, but it sailed over the Maritzburg goal.
Both sides pushed hard for a winner in the dying minutes of the match, but neither could find the back of the net as the match ended goalless.
Here is how they lined up
Arrows: 32. Gumede, 14. Dube, 21. Mngwenge, 5. Mzava, 18. Nonyane (2. Nkombelo 73’), 28. Bilankulu, 37. Ndwandwe (27. Magubane 70’), 25. Sibiya, 11. Mahachi, 19. Mutizwa, 9. Chideu (41. Lamola 57’).
Maritzburg: 31. Ofori, 3. Sanoka, 5. Weidlich, 16. Fransman, 2. Onyango, 15. Maboe, 8. Ndlovu, 11. Makaringe, 19. Rusike (9. Fileccia 93’), 22. Mokate (12. Van Vyk 71’), 28. Mekoa (26. Shandu 72’).