DStv Premiership match report Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows 25 February 2022

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Golden Arrows returned to winning ways in the DStv Premiership with a 2-1 victory over KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United on Friday evening.

Zukile Kewuti and Ryan Rae came in a United’s two changes, while Nkosinathi Sibisi, Andile Fikizolo, Pule Mmodi and Knox Mutizwa were recalled by Abafana Besthende.

Arrows struggled to get going in the opening exchanges and almost fell behind through a free-kick, but it was guided over the top by Tawanda Macheke.

The Team of Choice were on the prowl again a little later when a snappy move towards the area from Daylon Claasen had the self-same individual go and find the side-netting from the far side.

It was all the Team of Choice at this stage of the contest, with Human going over the top off a free-kick from 20 yards out after Ntsikelelo Nxadi fouled Macheke.

Maritzburg coach Ernst Middendorp were called to shuffle up their stall closer to the break when an injury pull on Steven Pereira let to his withdrawal and the introduction of Riyaaz Ismail.

For all their resistance, Arrows hit the front two minutes in the restart after a floating ball from Themba Mantshiyane was nodded home by Knox Mutizwa.

Maritzburg missed an absolute sitter ten minutes inside the second period from a first-time header in the area by Ismail before Human worked goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede to a smart save.

The Team of Choice surrendered their lead inside the last 20 minutes when Alfred Ndengane towered in the area to head in Claasen’s corner.

Howeve,r Abafana Besthende restored their lead in the final eight minutes after a cross from the right allowed Mutizwa to pounce and stab home for his second goal of the night.

Lehlohonolo Seema’s side were granted chances to add onto their tally late on, but the host evaded the scare and saw Arrows to victory.

Confirmed line-ups:

Maritzburg:  Engelhardt, Claasen, Daniels, Kewuti, Ndengane, Fernandes Pereira, Lukhubeni, Rae, Human, Samu, Macheke

Subs: Leaner, Ismail, Bhengu, Palace, Baloyi, Njoti, Skelem, Soukouna, Theron

Arrows N.Gumede, Sibisi©, Ndlovu, Mantshiyane, Sibiya, Mutizwa, Nxadi, L.Dube, Cele, Fikizolo, Mmodi

Subs: Mlungwana, Conco, Mathiane, Gumbi, Mtshali, Khumalo, Magawana, Magubane, M.Gumede