Maritzburg's struggles continue with loss to Arrows

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Maritzburg United head coach John Maduka
Maritzburg United head coach John Maduka

Maritzburg United's struggles in the DStv Premiership continued after a 2-0 loss to KwaZulu-Natal rivals Golden Arrows on Friday night.

Rowan Human, Karim Kimvuidi, Reagan van der Ross and Lucky Baloyi were recalled by Maritzburg, while Andile Fikizolo, Ryan Moon and Siyabonga Khumalo were the three changes for Arrows.

It was a strong start from the host as a header from Friday Samu forced Arrows goalkeeper Sifiso Mlungwana to parry back into play before Van der Ross scuffed the follow-up.

Maritzburg applied more pressure at the midway stage when Van der Ross brought down a looping ball, sold one challenge and forced a strong save off Mlungwana with a powerful drive.

However, Abafana Besthende made the breakthrough from their first attempt before the half-hour mark as Moon connected with a surging cross to head over a flying Anye Derick Fru.

Moon haunted his former club again as he towered above the defence and nodded in a corner-kick off the underside of the bar and at thus brought the first half to a close.

The Team of Choice showed a lot of courage after halftime and were close to pulling one back when Human cut in at the near post and dragged a square pass wide of the mark.

Furthermore, Maritzburg coach John Maduka responded with two changes as Travis Graham replaced Genino Palace while Siboniso Conco came on for Ismael Njoti against his former side.

Arrows looked to maintain and extend their advantage and were at the end of promising moves from Velemseni Ndwandwe and the hard-running Pule Mmodi.

The Team of Choice enjoyed the momentum late on and almost pulled one back through a header at the back-post from Graham, but Mlungwana parried away.

In the end, 2-0 was the encounter ended in favour of the visitors, who jumped to seventh position while Maritzburg find themselves in 14th spot.

Confirmed line-ups:

Maritzburg United:  Anye Derick, Makume, Ritchie, Baloyi, van der Ross, Human, Moloisane, Njoti, Palace, Kimvuidi, Samu

Subs:Leaner, Graham, Mashikinya, Macheke, Sepeng, Bhengu, Skelem, Conco, Masia

Golden Arrows: Mlungwana, Cele, Fikizolo, Nxadi, Ndlovu, Sibiya, Moon, Dlamini, Mmodi, Zuke, Khumalo

Subs: Gumede, Ndwandwe, Shitolo, Mantshiyane, Gumbi, Magubane, Lunga, Nkosi, Dube

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