Coastal winners United focus on NFD final

2008-04-14 00:00

MARITZBURG United are the winners of the NFD Coastal Stream after their 3-1 defeat of Durban Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday, and now their attention focuses on the play-off final against FC AK.

The winners of the National First Division final on May 10 and 17 are promoted to the Premier Soccer League. Yesterday, United coach Ian Palmer said his main task over the next four weeks is to keep United at the peak they have hit in their last two pressure games. United beat Bay United 1-0 in an impressive display last week to annex the Coastal Stream lead.

“I have drawn up a programme of four or five friendlies to keep the rhythm going until the final … The friendlies will be against a Castle League, then a Vodacom team to build confidence scoring goals, because we have been creating chances, but not finishing. Then stepping up the intensity against First Division or PSL teams,” Palmer said.

Fadlu Davids, who scored a brace via a second-minute header and 82nd-minute penalty, went to 13 goals to finish Coastal Stream top scorer, and stands a chance of repeating his feat of 2004/05 of being top of the NFD.

Inland top scorer Reason Chiloane (14 goals) of relegated Ga-rankuwa United will play no further part in the NFD this season.

Lynch Pule was United’s other scorer in the 10th minute in an at times nervy game.

“I think the pressure situation of the match, and a few players being on two yellow cards who we did not want suspended for the final, contributed to the team not quite being able to get their rhythm,” said Palmer. “Because of the yellow cards we went out to try to score two goals in the first 20 minutes and then try for another before the break so we could pull players off.”

United’s plan almost worked and the team were two goals up in the first 10 minutes. An unmarked Davids buried his header from the first corner of the game, then Pule beat a defender curled a shot from the edge of the area that should have been saved by Stars keeper Siya Mngoma.

A rout appeared possible, but it all seemed to be coming too easily and the home team lost their stride as Stars pulled one back through midfielder Daneel Moeletsi’s 25-metre free-kick in the 39th minute.

United reacted nervously to the goal. The team at times seemed to try too hard to play with precision, and ended up making mistakes, while the combinations didn’t quite come together. But in the end the home side kept their heads admirably and, overall, given the match situation, United’s performance was on almost a par with their victory over Bay.

Davids made the game safe in the 82nd minute with his second pressure penalty in a week, following the winning goal against Bay, after Nkanyiso Ntombela hand-balled in the area. Stars, who fired coach Sammmy Troughton last week, had goalkeeper Davies Phiri as caretaker-coach, but when Mngoma went off injured in the 59th minute Phiri had to bring himself on.

United had David Mkhandawire and Omar Hendricks suspended, who will both be back for the final, while none of their players on two yellows picked up a booking, so the team have a full squad for the first leg.

Coastal Stream: Today: FC Cape Town 1 Western Province United 1, Nathi Lions 1 Bay United 2, Maritzburg United 3 Durban Stars 1, Hanover Park 1 Ikapa Sporting 1.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Sales Representative- Knysna

George - Knysna
George Employment Consultants
R15 000.00 Per Month Per Month

Audit Senior / Bookkeeper to Trial Balance

Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Placement Point (Pty) Ltd
R15 000.00 - R21 000.00 Per Month

Key Accounts - IT

Southern Shore Recruitment
R15 000.00 - R25 000.00 Per Month

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.