United held at home by Highlands

MARITZBURG United were left wanting last Friday after Peter Shalulile scored in added time to share the spoils as Highlands Park walked away from Harry Gwala Stadium with a point, leaving United without a win in their first two games of the season. Both sides enjoyed their share of chances throughout the match, until Kwanda Mngonyama opened the scoring against the run of play, giving the Team of Choice a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute of the game. Highlands, not to be deterred by the goal, pushed on and were almost awarded for their efforts, but for two incredible saves from United goalkeeper Richard Ofori.

United should have added to their goal tally but squandered the chances they had to go two clear, and failed to capitalise on the advantage handed to them in the 90th minute when visiting defender Sifiso Mbhele was sent off.

Refusing to give up, even with a player down, Highlands were able to make one last-ditch attack in 93rd minute when Shalulile managed to squeeze a shot into the bottom corner, ensuring his side took a point home with them. United coach Erik Tinkler said that his side deserved more out of the game, stating that his side were the better outfit on the day and that he shared the sympathies of his men.

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