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Fileccia Nets Late Brace To Send Maritzburg Second

Absa Premiership Report: Maritzburg United v Platinum Stars 23 February 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Feb 23, 2018 10:03 PM

Absa Premiership

Result: Maritzburg United 2-1 Platinum Stars

Date: 23 February 2018

Venue: Harry Gwala Stadium

Maritzburg United moved up to second spot in the Absa Premiership with a 2-1 win over Platinum Stars thanks to a late brace from Andréa Fileccia.

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Norodien grabbed the lead for Stars in the 13th minute with a stunning free-kick from 30-yards out that sailed into the top corner, leaving Richard Ofori with no chance.

Roger De Sa’s troops were lucky not to have conceded a penalty in the 27th minute after defender Gift Sithole appeared to have pushed Fileccia inside the box while they were challenging the ball but the referee dismissed the claims.

Dikwena were very organised defensively and didn’t allow the Team of Choice to get behind their defensive block, which forced the home side to strike long, aimless balls forward.

Deolin Mekoa had a chance to bring Fadlu Davids’ charges level five minutes before half-time with a free-kick but he struck straight into the hands of goalkeeper Dino Visser.

Bandile Shandu was unfortunate not to find the back of the net for the hosts five minutes after the break following a great square pass from Mohau Mokate, but Visser made a point-blank save to keep Dikwena ahead.

Visser made another crucial stop four minutes before the hour mark, denying United’s Mokate at close range after he had powered a low header at the near post.

Visser nearly went from hero to zero two minutes later after he spilled Pogiso Sanoka’s shot that fortuitously hit the upright and fell back into his embrace.

The chances were drying up for the home side with 10 minutes remaining, although they were still probing forward and dominating possession.

Andrea Fileccia eventually leveled matters for United two minutes before time after Visser mistimed the flight of a cross inside the box and it fell kindly for the Belgian forward, who fired a half-volley into a gaping net.

United were awarded a penalty in the final minute of stoppage time when Mokate was brought down amd Fileccia stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to secure victory for the home side.

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Here's how they lined up:

Maritzburg: 31. Ofori, 3. Sanoka, 25. Xulu, 16. Fransman, 6. Thlone, 13. Makaringe, 8. Ndlovu, 26. Shandu, 29. Mekoa, 17. Twala, 9. Fillecia.

Subs: 1. Mpandle, 22. Mokate , 2. Onyango, 10. Atouba, 12. Van Wyk, 29. McDonald, 36. Kunene.

Stars: 35. Visser, 25. Mthethwa, 44. Gcaba, 5. Sithole, 41. Mekoa, 6. Baloyi, 2. Mere, 17. Tshabangu, 45. Norodien, 10. Phiri, 42. Koapeng.
 
Subs: 1. Mzimela, 22. Ng'ambi, 24. Mkhabela, 43. Rambuwane, 21. Msomi, 40. Nyanda, 14. Matlakala.


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Fifi.Siwelele plus Anfield Joined: 30 Dec 2016
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Fifi.Siwelele plus Anfield Feb 24, 2018 05:05 PM
Thx to man of the match Victor Gomes
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MSANDROTIC Feb 24, 2018 04:35 PM
Congratulations to Team of choice
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hlaselamafutha Feb 24, 2018 04:12 PM
weldone maritzburg aweeee david keep it up bra
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fisto vs zebraditor Feb 24, 2018 03:28 PM
Starless idiots were celebrating position 2 now they are number 3 mxm
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Fighting spirit
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They leapfrogged the zebras
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Enthiii! Makhosi Feb 24, 2018 12:13 PM
Yhoo what a fighting from Maritzburg
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briii Feb 24, 2018 11:59 AM
Poor Dipundi
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indidane Feb 24, 2018 10:35 AM
Mamel0di Sund0wns ''ll be chr0wned PSL Champi0ns in May.. C0ws can talk & talk, but deep d0wn their Filthy Hearts they kn0w that Sund0wns ''ll Never let this 0ne slip.
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indidane Feb 24, 2018 10:21 AM
Siphesihle Ndl0vu is Sund0wns material .... But Kn0wing Marisburg, they dnt want t0 sell their players t0 Sund0wns ... L00k @ Rusike, We wanted him l0ng ag0, but they ch0se t0 sell him t0 Supersp0rt .... Brian 0nyang0 is n0w a Benchwarmer, they refused t0 sell him t0 us .
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indidane Feb 24, 2018 10:17 AM
@Mtwesi , N0 my Zebbie, You dnt win the Lig by 0ccupying 2nd p0siti0n ... Marisburg must cl0se the gap and g0 0n t0p
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Mtwesi Feb 24, 2018 10:12 AM
Maritzburg is going to take the league if Sundowns, chiefs and pirates sleep up
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SowetoBOY Feb 24, 2018 10:10 AM
Thanks Referee Victor Gonalty another 5points in the bag for me,the female analysts and presenters can learn alot from Julia Stuart she is always on point and not bias and knows how to ask relevant questions kudus to her.
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Mafahleni Feb 24, 2018 09:54 AM
Wow what a cum back by Maritzburg
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Dvdee Feb 24, 2018 09:51 AM
This Maritzburg team is very dangerous.
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Fikzbantwini Feb 24, 2018 09:48 AM
Eish poor platinum. maritzburg nd free state stars r full of surprise dis days, watch the space
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makwande Feb 24, 2018 08:59 AM
Morning Makhosi and all soccer lovers
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Vamza Feb 24, 2018 08:56 AM
This platinum stars is going down to Nfd
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Ntuthuko5110 Feb 24, 2018 08:50 AM
Wow david is doing a great job. Our league is crazy if any time wins goes to 2nd spot
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Richie Feb 24, 2018 08:42 AM
Hey its toughest season indeed maritzburng in second,Its must win For no doubt

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