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Maritzburg Move Into Eighth Spot

Absa Premiership
 
Result: Platinum Stars 1-2 Maritzburg United
 
Date: 15 March 2015
 
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
 
A late strike from Mohau Mokate handed Maritzburg United a 2-1 win over Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng  Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
 
The visitors started the stronger of the two sides and looked the most likely to go in front, with Ryan de Jongh forcing Kabelo Dambe into a finger-tip save with a stinging effort early on.
 
Steve Komphela's side continued to dominate as the half went and nearly broke the deadlock in the 13th minute when Kurt Lentjies' header forced Dambe into yet another save.
 
Maritzburg eventually took advantage of their first half dominance after the half an hour mark, as Deolin Mekoa fired into the bottom corner to give them a deserved lead.
 
It proved to be one way traffic in the opening 45 minutes and Komphela's side should have had their lead increased just before the halftime break but Mondli Cele blasted over with the goal at his mercy.
 
It took a while for the home side to get going but they eventually tested Maritzburg goalkeeper, Virgil Vries, as Punch Masenamela forced the shot-stopper into a fine save from distance in the 57th minute.
 
Dikwena pushed for an equaliser and were rewarded in the 87th minute , as Ndumiso Mabena slotted home from three-yards out. His seventh goal of the season.
 
However, Maritzburg responded immediately, as some great work by Lentjies ended up with Mokate side-footing home into an empty net to secure their second straight win.
 
Here's how they lined up:
 
Platinum Stars:  Dambe, Mere, Tshikovhi, Sithole, Masenamela, Mathe, Mdubanya, Nyanda, Tshabalala, Mabena, Rodgers
 
Maritzburg United: Vries, Mabaso, Mngonyama, Paintsil, Mkhize, Anas, Lentjies, Cele, Mekoa, Zulu P,  De Jongh
 

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