United lose on the road again

2008-11-21 00:00

MARITZBURG United continued to leak goals away from home in a 2-0 Premier Soccer League defeat against Santos at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town last night.

While the scoreline flattered Santos — United missed an open goal and a penalty — one cannot disguise that the visitors were shaky at times in key areas such as goalkeeping, retaining possession, central defence and the final pass.

It was the PMB team’s sixth match without a victory and United will now surely be desperate to turn around their slump with a convincing victory over troubled Bay United at Woodburn Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

United coach Gordon Igesund was angry after the game that the free-kick that led to Santos’s second goal was incorrectly awarded for goalkeeper Athiel Mbaha handling outside his area. “The ‘keeper dropped the ball before leaving his area. These sort of decisions kill us,” he said.

Chances were rare in a scrappy first half. The first clearcut opportunity fell to United five minutes before the break when Sam Ndlovu’s chip from the left of the Santos area to Lynch Pule on the right was hit hard on the half-volley by the midfielder to force a good save from Francis Chansa.

Four minutes later, Santos took the lead through yet another in a long line of defensive errors by United. Peter Petersen gave the ball away outside his area and Siphiwe Mkhonza missed ex-United winger Graham King’s ball slipped through to Romano Scott, who had plenty of time to stroke his finish past Mbaha.

Igesund wrung the changes in the second half, with some effect. Tony Tsabedze replaced Ndlovu in the 49th minute, Collen Zimba was on for Lebohang Kukame in the 60th and Junior Khanye replaced Lucky Maselesele in the 72nd.

After King missed with a volley in the 59th minute, Tsabedze squandered United’s best chance of the game in the 70th. A good run and pass by Zimba put Mngomezulu free on the right of the area, who showed good vision to pick out Tsabedze on the far side, but the Swazi international blasted over an open goal.

With eight minutes to go, Santos made it 2-0 as Erwin Isaacs, with his first goal of the season, blasted his free-kick through the United defensive wall.

In the 90th minute, Tsabedze was fouled in the area and Fadlu Davids’s penalty was superbly saved by Chansa.MARITZBURG United continued to leak goals away from home in a 2-0 Premier Soccer League defeat against Santos at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town last night.

While the scoreline flattered Santos — United missed an open goal and a penalty — one cannot disguise that the visitors were shaky at times in key areas such as goalkeeping, retaining possession, central defence and the final pass.

It was the PMB team’s sixth match without a victory and United will now surely be desperate to turn around their slump with a convincing victory over troubled Bay United at Woodburn Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

United coach Gordon Igesund was angry after the game that the free-kick that led to Santos’s second goal was incorrectly awarded for goalkeeper Athiel Mbaha handling outside his area. “The ‘keeper dropped the ball before leaving his area. These sort of decisions kill us,” he said.

Chances were rare in a scrappy first half. The first clearcut opportunity fell to United five minutes before the break when Sam Ndlovu’s chip from the left of the Santos area to Lynch Pule on the right was hit hard on the half-volley by the midfielder to force a good save from Francis Chansa.

Four minutes later, Santos took the lead through yet another in a long line of defensive errors by United. Peter Petersen gave the ball away outside his area and Siphiwe Mkhonza missed ex-United winger Graham King’s ball slipped through to Romano Scott, who had plenty of time to stroke his finish past Mbaha.

Igesund wrung the changes in the second half, with some effect. Tony Tsabedze replaced Ndlovu in the 49th minute, Collen Zimba was on for Lebohang Kukame in the 60th and Junior Khanye replaced Lucky Maselesele in the 72nd.

After King missed with a volley in the 59th minute, Tsabedze squandered United’s best chance of the game in the 70th. A good run and pass by Zimba put Mngomezulu free on the right of the area, who showed good vision to pick out Tsabedze on the far side, but the Swazi international blasted over an open goal.

With eight minutes to go, Santos made it 2-0 as Erwin Isaacs, with his first goal of the season, blasted his free-kick through the United defensive wall.

In the 90th minute, Tsabedze was fouled in the area and Fadlu Davids’s penalty was superbly saved by Chansa.

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