Maritzburg United win First Division Coastal Stream

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They will now meet their Inland Stream counterparts, FC AK, in a set of play-offs due to take place on May 10 and May 17 on a home and away basis – with the winning team promoted into the Absa Premiership.

A brace by Fadlu Davids, which included a penalty, as well as a 14th-minute strike by Lynch Pule, was sufficient to down a financially-struggling Stars who almost went on strike against FC Cape Town last week after non payment of their wages.

Second-placed Bay United were also victorious against Nathi Lions, the score being 2-1, but they have a much harder hurdle to overcome if they want to bring top-flight football to Port Elizabeth for the first time.

Bay begin a tiring two-week play-off series on May 27 which also involves the Inland Stream runners-up as well as the team finishing 15th on the PSL log, currently Jomo Cosmos.

Lions opened the scoring through Nhlanhla Mncube in the 35th minute, however, Bay bounced back with two goals in nine minutes from Gareth Ncaca and Jimmy Zakazaka.

At Bluedowns Stadium in Cape Town, relegated Western Province United and FC Cape Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, with the home side missing numerous opportunities, especially in the first half.

United owner Dumisani Ndlovu, who regularly attends games, spent the afternoon in Mpumalanga pondering his next move – as his dejected team pack their bags for the last time and return to Gauteng from the Mother City tomorrow.

In another match, Hanover Park and Ikapa Sporting also played to a 1-1 draw at Vygieskraal.