United fighting for their lives

2019-04-17 06:02
Eric Tinkler (left) and Fortune Makaringe.PHOTO: gallo images

Eric Tinkler (left) and Fortune Makaringe.PHOTO: gallo images

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IT was a do or die situation for Maritzburg United, who showed that they still had some fight left in them, beating Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 on a cold and rainy night at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

It was a comeback that sent the Team of Choice’s supporters into a frenzy on Friday evening when Alan Kateregga sent a blistering shot into the top corner to get the much needed three points for his side. Struggling earlier on in the game, United almost conceded a goal within 10 minutes when Celtic player Ndumiso Mabena’s shot hit the post from the most unlikely angle. The hosts gave Celtic a scare just before the stroke of half time but Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb’s interception of Fortune Makaringe’s cross turned shot ensured that the sides went into the second half at a deadlock.

Celtic, however, came out all guns blazing in the second half and scored within five minutes as Menzi Masuku scored from close range.

United, fearful of another loss at home, gave their home supporters something to shout about as a nervy end ensued for Celtic when Kateregga scored the first of his two goals after striking the ball sweetly with a first-time volley which wrong-footed Tignyemb in the 80th minute. Kateregga secured the three points and a brace seven minutes later when he scored from 20 yards away to give United a much needed boost in the form of three points.

United still languish in the bottom of the PSL at the last position but will look forward to their next game against Highlands Park on April 13 in the hopes of getting another three points to add in their fight to remain in the PSL.

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