November 30, 2021

PSL Wrap: Maritzburg United leapfrog Kaizer Chiefs as Cape Town City win seven-goal thriller

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The Team of Choice and Citizens recorded victories in the two local top flight matches which were played on Saturday

Maritzburg United leapfrogged Kaizer Chiefs after claiming a hard-fought 1-0 victory over a struggling TS Galaxy side at Harry Gwala Stadium.

The Team of Choice were desperate to snap their three-match winless run in the league, while the Rockets were keen to record their first victory of the season.

The hosts created better chances in the first-half, but they could not beat Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Vailije Kolak in the Rockets goal-posts and the score was 0-0 during the half-time break.

Kolak was finally beaten a minute into the second-half when Bathusi Aubaas netted an unfortunate own-goal to hand Maritzburg a 1-0 lead after deflecting Amadou Soukouna’s shot into the back of the net. 

The Rockets had to find a way to level matters and Galaxy coach Sead Ramovic introduced Leon Filipeto, who became the first Paraguayan footballer to play in PSL.

However, the Team of Choice defended very well with former Orlando Pirates defender Alfred Ndengane producing a solid performance for the hosts and ultimately. Maritzburg ran out 1-0 winners.

The win saw Maritzburg climb up to eighth place in the league standings – leapfrogging ninth-placed Chiefs, who will face SuperSport United on Sunday, while Galaxy remained 16th on the log.

Meanwhile, Cape Town City defeated Lamontville Golden Arrows 4-3 in an entertaining encounter at Cape Town Stadium which is now known as DHL Stadium for sponsorship reasons.

The Citizens were hoping to end their four-match winless run in the league, while Abafana Bes’thende were looking to return to winning ways after Mamelodi Sundowns ended their four-match unbeaten run.

City dominated the first-half and they scored three times with Fagrie Lakay opening the scoring, before Thamsanqa Mkhize scored from close range and Mdududuzi Mdantsane made it 3-0 just before half-time.

The hosts continued to attack after the restart and they extended their lead to 4-0 when Craig Martin put his name on the score sheet in the 58th minute with Lakay grabbing an assist.

Arrows then took control of the match and they scored three times with Pule Mmodi, Nkosinathi Sibisi and Nqobeko Dlamini all hitting the back of the net to set up a nervy finish for City.

However, City were able to hold on to their slender lead and they climbed up to 11th place on the standings, while Arrows remained 10th on the log.