Maritzburg, Baroka share spoils

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Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)
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Maritzburg United and Baroka FC could not be separated as the sides played to a 1-1 draw in their DStv Premiership encounter at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday evening.

Maritzburg settled the better of the two sides and were on the front foot in the opening exchanges.

In the ninth minute, the Team of Choice had a chance to get in front as Bongokuhle Hlongwane won a flick on for Riyaaz Ismail but the fullback's cross was deflected away for a corner.

A swift move down the right got Maritzburg in and Claasen's cut back was well left by Tebogo Tlolane for the arriving Thabiso Kutumela, who made no mistake by curling it into the top right corner.

It was one-way traffic as Ernst Middendorp's side came close once again on the half-hour mark. Tlolane whipped in the corner and Ryan Rae rose highest but his header was well held by the 'keeper.

Evidence Makgopa levelled matters for Baroka in the 32nd minute. Clayton Daniels gave away a foul and Kgodiso Monama delivered the set-piece which was cleared into the path of Makgopa, who buried it into the back of the net.

Soon afterwards, Kutumela's corner from the left was met by a deft flick at the near post by Rae but the 'keeper saved in the centre of the goal.

Shortly before the hour mark, Judas Moseamedi won a flick on for Tlolane who controlled well before firing a right footed shot but he failed to keep it on target.

Claasen then clipped it over the top for Stevic who was fouled down the right hand side byline. Kutumela took the resulting free kick but the 'keeper beat it out at the near post.

Baroka were reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute when Ananias Gebhardt was given his marching orders for a late foul on Stevic as Middendorp's men failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage and had to settle for a share of the spoils.

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