First home win for United

2016-12-21 06:02
PHOTO: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images Bevan Fransman and Deolin Mekoa celebrate the opening goal during the Absa Premiership match between Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates at Harry Gwala Stadium.

PHOTO: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images Bevan Fransman and Deolin Mekoa celebrate the opening goal during the Absa Premiership match between Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates at Harry Gwala Stadium.

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MARITZBURG United celebrated a first home win this season on Tuesday evening against Orlando Pirates.

The team of Choice beat Orlando Pirates 2-1 in the Absa Premiership match at Harry Gwala and successfully sealed three points. Goals by Beevan Fransman and Brian Onyango in the second half ensured United’s first home win of the season and their third in the row.

The Buccaneers are now three games without a win, while victory for Maritzburg United moves them up into the top eight in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) standings.

Maritzburg United attacking midfielder Bandile Shandu said the home win was a confidence booster and huge relief for the team.

“We’ve had good games; we’ve just been unlucky in getting the required results at home. Ahead of the game, the coach told us to continue with our performance and not put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. Getting a victory at home is a huge boost for us and we are very happy. The mood at the camp is good, everybody is showing the right energy and we are all aware of the mammoth task ahead of us.”

Shandu said the team was determined to work hard in keeping the winning streak momentum.

“We’re just going to keep on working hard. Football is all about getting confident. When you get victories week in week out you get that confidence. We’re just going keep stepping our performance high because there is no easy game in the PSL.”

Ahead of their last two games against Platinum Stars and Wits before the Christmas break Shandu said it was crucial for the team to win both.

“Those six points are very crucial because we’ll enjoy the Christmas break knowing we are in the top eight. It’s easier said than done, we need to work hard.”

Interim coach Fadlu Davids said they focused on the tactical aspects going into the game.

“It was important for us to focus on the important aspects going into the game and not be worried about the euphoria of playing against Orlando Pirates. Credit goes to all the players who stuck to the plan, ran their hearts out and gave 100%.”

With three games unbeaten Davids said to keep the momentum, they will need to press the reset button and work hard.

“Going forward we will take each game as it comes. We have to keep our feet on the ground. This game is done; we have to put it behind us. We have to analyse and try to improve on aspects that didn’t go well, that’s the most important thing.”

Maritzburg United will play Platinum Starts this Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

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