There was nothing to separate Maritzburg United and Baroka FC after 90 minutes as they drew 1-1 at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday evening.
The home side looked more threatening in the first few minutes of the first half, with set pieces and good inter-play but Oscarine Masuluke was up to the task.
On the other side Baroka showed their intent to open the scoring but their tame attacks were dealt with with ease by Maritzburg’s defence.
Both sides went to half time with a goal apiece, after Thabiso Kutumela opened the scoring for the hosts from a well played passing game in the 25th minute.
Evidence Makgopa equalized for the visitors in the 34th minute after a scramble in the Maritzburg box.
Baroka came back the better side in the earlier stages of the second half, with Nhlanhla Mgaga, who came on for Gerald Phiri tormenting the Maritzburg defence.
Both teams had some scoring chances but either poor finishing or brilliance in defence was at play.
Drama unfolded in the 83rd minute when Ananias Gebhardt was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Dusan Stevic.
Maritzburg could not captilise from the resulting set piece.
With a few minutes left to play, the Team of Choice sent men forward and pressed up high looking for a winning goal, but Bakgaga’s 10 men kept the discipline.
Masuluke was booked for time wasting with two minutes to full time after throwing the ball out of the field.
It ended 1-all with Baroka the happier of the two sides as Joslin Kamatuka was named man of the match.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter