United go down fighting Sundowns

2019-03-20 06:02
PHOTO: gallo imagesMaritzburg United striker Yannick Zakri’s face says it all after the home side lost 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns during their Absa Premiership clash at Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday night.

PHOTO: gallo imagesMaritzburg United striker Yannick Zakri’s face says it all after the home side lost 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns during their Absa Premiership clash at Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday night.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

MARITZBURG United provided a spirited but ultimately fruitless challenge as the 10-man Mamelodi Sundowns took pole position in the Absa Premiership with a 2-1 win at Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was a game where the home team had enough of their own scoring opportunities but the clinical stuff came from the defending champions in terms of putting away chances.

United coach Eric Tinkler made two tactical and two forced changes, which partly resulted in a new front pairing of Allan Kateregga and Thabiso Kutumela.

It took just six minutes for Sundowns to get on the scoreboard as recent signing Emiliano Tade beat United goalkeeper Richard Ofori with a low shot from inside the box.

Tinkler’s desperate outfit looked to hit back quickly and kept Sundowns keeper Denis Onyango and his defence on their toes, with Kutumela often in the action.

However, Lebohang Maboe doubled the Pretoria side’s lead in the 21st minute when put through by skilful playmaker Gaston Sirino. That was a massive setback for the hosts and further proof of Sundowns’ well-known craftiness on the ball, but Tinkler stayed hopeful and brought on another attacker in Yannick Zakri for defender Rushine de Reuck despite defensive gaps existing.

In the second half, Sirino’s needless red card in the 59th minute gave United renewed hope of a comeback and Fortune Makaringe scored for them in the 81st minute from close range. However, a few more scoring chances were spurned by the “Team of Choice” as ’Downs managed the remaining time satisfactorily for their widely-expected victory.

Fourth-from-bottom Baroka hosted 11th-placed Golden Arrows in Limpopo on Tuesday and United, prior to the match, could only hope the home side came unstuck, despite the poor form of the travelling Arrows.

Five matches will follow on the weekend, but the shortened programme excludes Maritzburg, Sundowns, Pirates and Baroka due to there being Caf Champions League assignments for the Brazilians and Buccaneers.

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.