United’s dire situation continues

2019-02-27 06:00

THE misery continues to pile up for Maritzburg United after they were beaten 3-2 by an in-form Cape Town City at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

United, who only recently won their first match after a string of losses, were on the backfoot early in the game thanks to City captain Thami Khize, however they responded after the half-hour mark with Mxolisi Kunene finding the back of the net in a rare instance of going forward for United to equalise the scores

Their joy was short lived as Gift Links stunned the visiting crowd when he tucked away a superb shot, showing amazing technique in his finish with Riyaad­ Norodien, who added another goal to take it to 3-1.

The game looked well over for United when, with six minutes remaining, Fortune Makaringe gave the visitors a glimpse of hope as he scored, taking the matter to 3-2 and ensuring a nervy finish for the host, who held on to claim all three points.

United defender Rushine­ de Reuck added to the list of woes for the team of choice when he was booked for a second time in the match deep into injury time, resulting in a red card.

United’s next encounter will see them go up against Amazulu on Friday where they will be desperate for three points as they find themselves having played an extra game over their closest partners on the log, Free State Stars, who lead them by five points.

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