United snubbed by Santos again

2011-10-29 00:00

MARITZBURG United paid the ultimate price for conceding in the last minute of a game once again last night when they lost 2-1 to Santos in a PSL encounter at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town.

It was the second meeting between the sides within a week after Santos beat United 1-0 last Friday in a Telkom Knockout clash at the same venue through a last minute strike from Erwin Isaacs.

United took the lead in the 86th minute through a Diyo Sibisi close range header after Byrone Hendricks had flicked on Felix Obada’s cross.

The away team’s lead was cancelled out in a matter of seconds, though, as Isaacs would once again haunt the Team of Choice, scoring with a header by beating Walters to his right.

When the game seemed, as it did last weekend, to be heading for a draw a moment of madness from United’s Peter Petersen saw the defender deflect a ball into his own net in the last minute of play.

United have now lost three matches in a row after starting the season with a seven match unbeaten run.

In a first half in which their were no clear-cut opportunities, United were first to have a moment of concern when Petersen failed to deal with a cross and almost put the ball into his own net in the first minute.

Both sides were comfortable in possession, not giving the ball up easily.

United would have their first sight at goal in the fifth minute when under pressure striker Diyo Sibisi selflessly played through a tantalising through ball for winger Calvin Sosibo down the left hand side of the field. Sosibo did well to get his shot away from just outside the area, but his effort was confidently dealt with by Santos goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeng.

Sibisi would have an opportunity of his own eight minutes later when the home side failed to clear their lines at a corner. The ball fell at the former Ajax Cape Town man’s feet, but his shot from around 10 metres was hit straight at a defender.

Santos would become the more dangerous of the sides as the game began to gain in tempo.

Midfielder Tawonga Chimodzi might have done better with a diving header from a Jurie Bassie cross in the 27th minute, which didn’t trouble United keeper Shu-Aibs Walters on his left hand side.

Another moment of madness in the United back four almost put Santos ahead with just six minutes remaining in the half. Fantastic work by Isaacs down the left hand side of the pitch saw defender Rheece Evans miss a clearance with his right foot and deflect the ball goalwards with his left. When Mor Diouf also failed to deal with the danger, it appeared as though an own goal would put Santos up, but Walters dived to his right to stop the ball centimetres from his goal line.

The second period saw both sides struggling to dominate the game and was static up until Sibisi’s strike.

United face Kaizer Chiefs in a PSL clash in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

MARITZBURG UNITED 1 (Sibisi 86’)

SANTOS 2 (Isaacs 87’, Petersen o.g. 93’)

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