KZN Derby Ends All Square
Absa Premiership Report: Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows 12 May 2018
Result: Maritzburg United 1-1 Golden Arrows
Date: 12 May 2018
Venue: Harry Gwala Stadium
The KwaZulu-Natal derby ended all square as Maritzburg United and Golden Arrows drew 1-1 in the final game of the Absa Premiership season.
The Team of Choice were pushing for a return to winning ways after losing 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in the last round of matches, which dented their hopes of finishing third.
The host went close to breaking the deadlock inside five minutes when a mistake at the back allowed Deolin Mekoa sight goal but he failed to hit the target.
After a lively start, it was Arrows who broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, with Lerato Lamola firing past Richard Ofori.
Maritzburg, meanwhile, were finding it tough to carve out clear-cut chances and were restricted to efforts from distance.
Clinton Larsen's men continued to create opportunities and they went close in the 42nd minute but Ofori was on hand to deny Velemseni Ndwandwe.
After the break, Arrows picked up from where they left off in the first half, although Maritzburg's Bandile Shandu did waste a good opportunity inside the opening 10 minutes of the second stanza.
Shandu again went close to pulling Maritzburg level on 75 minutes, but his close-range strike was palmed over the crossbar by Nkosingiphile Gumede.
Maritzburg eventually leveled matters in the 82nd minute as Fortune Makaring slotted home from close range after some good play by the visitors.
Both clubs went in search of a winning goal in the closing stages but all square was how it would end.
Here's how they lined up:
Maritzburg: 31, Ofori, 16. Fransman, 25. Xulu, 26. Shandu, 3. Sanoka, 15. Maboe, 6. Tlhone, 11. Makaringe, 8. Ndlovu, 9. Fileccia, 29. Mekoa.
Subs: 1. Mpandle, 18. Eksteen, 14. Matima, 36. Kunene, 22. Mokate, 10. Atouba, 23. De Reuck.
Arrows: 32. Gumede, 5. Mvaza, 18. Nonyane, 21. Mngwengwe, 20. Mathiane, 26. Phiri (Zuke 57'), 6. Shongwe (Mahachi 71'), 37. Ndwandwe, 30. Conco (Magubane 57'), 4. Venter, 41. Lamola.
Subs: 35. Zuke, 27. Magubane, 11. Mahachi, 29. Sibisi, 2. Nkombela, 1. Mbaeva, 19. Mutizwa.