Downs Drop Points At High-Flying Maritzburg
Absa Premiership Report: Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns 25 April 2018
Result: Maritzburg United 2-2 Mamelodi Sundowns
Date: 25 April 2018
Venue: Harry Gwala Stadium
Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns dropped points at Maritzburg United as the two sides played to an entertaining 2-2 draw on Wednesday.
Five minutes into the game, Sundowns took the lead as Percy Tau's header was pushed into the path of Themba Zwane, who tapped into an empty net.
The goal seemed to wake up Maritzburg, who enjoyed a lot of the possession after the 15 minute and they looked threatening down the left flank.
Maritzburg were rewarded for their pressure on 33 minutes when Denis Onyango's complete mis-kick saw the ball land for Andrea Fileccia, who slotted into an empty net.
The Team of Choice looked stronger in the final 10 minutes of the first half, although they were often let down by their decision-making in the final third.
Both sides looked lively in the opening stages of the second half, although chances were few and far between in the opening 15 minutes.
Sundowns were forced into a change after 65 minutes as the injured Wayne Arendse made way for Motjeka Madidsha.
Seven minutes later, Sundowns restored their lead when Tebogo Langerman was afforded time and space before rifling the ball into the top corner from 12-yards out.
However, Maritzburg leveled matters with three minutes remaining as some fine passing ended with Lebohang Maboe firing past Onyango from close range.
The sides would eventually cancel each other out as Maritburg strengthened their grip on third, while Sundowns saw their lead at the top cut to four points with two games remaining.
Here's how they line up:
Maritzburg: 31. Ofori, 16. Fransman , 32. Sanoka, 6. Thlone (Matima 77'), 25. Xulu, 26. Shandu, 13. Makaringe, 8. Ndlovu, 15. Maboe, 36. Kunene (Mekoa 29'), 9. Fileccia (Van Wyk 66').
Subs: 1. Mpandle, 22. Mokate, 14. Matima, 29. Mekoa, 10. Atouba , 12. Van Wyk, Sithole.
Sundowns: 14. Onyango, 4. Langerman, 27. Morena, 6. Arendse (Madisha 59'), 16. Nascimento, 13. Mabunda, 33. Billiat (Soumahoro 78'), 7. Manyisa, 8. Kekana (Vilakazi 82'), 18. Zwane, 22. Tau.
Subs: 31. Brimah, 32. Madisha, 11. Vilakazi, 29. Soumahoro, 38. Zulu, 19. Brockie, 28. Laffor.