Maritzburg claim bragging rights in five-goal thriller

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Maritzburg United  put more misery on Golden Arrows as they claimed three points and bragging rights in the KZN Derby.

Abafana Bes’thende lost their second KZN Derby on the trot after coming second best 1-0 to AmaZulu FC, last week.

The home side went into the half time break with advantage, courtesy of Teboho Tlolane strike in the 15th minute, against Golden Arrows at Harry Gwala Stadium.

The Team of Choice defence were the busiest of the two with Arrows playing attractive football, going forward with superior ball possession.

Things got heated up after the half hour mark, leading to Phumlani Ntshangase getting a caution for a foul on Lindokuhle Mtshali.

The officials were also under pressure from both benches as the match progressed, with some heated arguments.

Maritzburg resorted to counter attack football, as Thabiso Kutumela and Bongokuhle Hlongwane used their pace to have a go at Arrows defence.

Mandla Ncikazi rang some changes during half time, bringing on Nduduzo Sibiya for Lungelo Dube and Pule Mmodi for Knox Mutizwa.

Kutumela kept on threatening for Maritzburg though his free-kick went of target, after Arrows fouled Hlongwane just outside the box.

The Team of Choice captain finally found the back of the net, after some classy football from  Hlongwane who provided a defence-spliting pass to Kutumela to make it 2-0, in the 57th minute.

The game suddenly became open, as Nduduzo Sibiya fed Micheal Gumede with a great touch to score for Arrows in the 58th minute.

It soon became a festival of goals after another great combination between Kutumela and Hlongwane, as the latter beat Sifiso Mlungwana with a powerful shot in 63rd minute, to make it 3-1 to the home side.

Ernst Middendorp made three changes as Nazeer Allie,  Judas Mosiamedi and Riyaaz Ismail came in for Ryan Rae, Teboho Tlolane and Daylon Claasen.

With 18 minutes to play, Ncikazi introduced Brandon Parusnath for Neverdie Makhubela in search of parity.

Maritzburg kept on piling the pressure on the Arrows defence and the visitors cleared the ball on the goal line from a Hlongwane header.

Drama unfolded in the 82nd minute as Arrows were awarded a penalty for a hand ball, Sibiya calmly beat Engelhardt from the spot to make it 3-2.

Middendorp closed shop as he introduced Kwanda Mngonyama for Phumlani Ntshangase with four minutes to play.

The men from the KZN capital claimed three crucial points to move away from relegation zone, with 3-2 scoreline.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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