Maritzburg hold on for a point in Cape Town

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Cape Town City started the match like a house on fire, but couldn’t capitalise on their chances.

The visitors grew in confidence and started playing in the opposition’s half with Teboho Tlolane, Thabiso Kutumela and Fares Hachi ocherstrating the attacks.

They were let down by the last pass and taking too touches on the ball.

Meanwhile City have managed to test Engelhardt with set-pieces. Aubrey Ngoma missed a chance to put his side ahead after a through pass from Fargie Lakay.

Lakay had been a menace for Maritzburg defence but his passes were not  good enough to find teammates on the box.

It remained locked at 0-0 going to half time.

Ernst Middendorp brought in Thobeka Zondi for Judas Mosiamedi,  who had been ineffective in the first half.

The game continued to be tussle with both teams failing to capitalise in the final third, though both coaches applied cautious approaches.

In the 56th minute Diego Peral brought in Surprise Ralani for Aubrey Ngoma, looking to break the Maritzburg defence, but the visitors remained resolute.

Drama unfolded in the 66th minute when Hachi got a second booking for a silly foul next to the centre line, leaving the Team of Choice with 10 men.

Middendorp quickly replaced the young Zondi with Dan Morgan to keep the defensive structure. Immediately the home side knocked on the door, with Lakay’s powerful shot comfortably saved by Engelhardt.

In the last 15 minutes of the match the Citizens piled more pressure on the visitors as they enjoyed numeric advantage but the experience of Clayton Daniels, Ryan Rae and Dan Morgan stood the test of time.

With six minutes to go Dusan Stevic had to be substituted because of injury, with Riyaaz Ismail coming on.

Maritzburg United resorted to defensive mode, keeping more mam in their box as the clock ticked.

At the end there was nothing separating the two teams, as Maritzburg held on for a share of spoils.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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