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  • 23 April 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, Pretoria, GT
  • Referee: J. Damon
  • • Attendance: 550

SuperSport United 0-0 Maritzburg United: Team of Choice frustrates Matsatsantsa at home

SuperSport United 0-0 Maritzburg United: Team of Choice frustrates Matsatsantsa at home

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SuperSport United stretched their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions with a 0-0 draw against Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday night

SuperSport United looked to inflict more pain on Maritzburg United following their 2-1 win over their KZN opponents in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal clash about a week ago.

Matsatsantsa got off to a perfect start and launched their first attack inside the first two minutes of the game when Bradley Grobler was played through by Sameehg Doutie, but the striker’s effort went across Shu-aib Walter’s goal.

Neither of the two sides could create any goalscoring chances afterwards, but it was the home side who visited Maritzburg United’s goal more often.

SuperSport nearly broke the deadlock in the 26th minute after Walters fumbled Kermit Erasmus’ free-kick, but the Team of Choice keeper recovered in time to block Edwin Gyimah’s bicycle-kick for a corner.

The home side then wasted a chance to go ahead before the halftime whistle when Walters handled the ball just outside the box and the resultant free-kick never troubled the Maritzburg United keeper.

There was still time for Maritzburg United to try and get a goal before the interval and it was Cuthbert Malajila who rattled the side netting after a long pass from Reuben Cloete, as both teams went into the dressing rooms with no goals.

Gavin Hunt looked to sharpen his attack in the second half and he immediately introduced Sibusiso Zuma for Simbarashe Sithole.

The Tshwane outfit pressed forward after the hour-mark when Doutie played a dangerous cross into the Maritzburg United penalty area and Mario Booysen nearly put the ball in his own net, but Walters was in the right place at the right time to make a save.

The visitors did not sit back and continued to use Malajila upfront and the Zimabwean international did well to win a free-kick outside the box in the 68th minute, but Dillon Sheppard’s effort went inches wide.

Grobler should have at least hit the target with 10 minutes left on the clock after finding himself in the Maritzburg United box, but he failed to get well behind the ball as his shot sailed over the bar.

Zuma was tightly marked by Booysen although he nearly troubled Walters towards the end of the game, but it was Jabulani Maluleke who should given his side all the three points in the dying embers.

However, Maluleke’s poorly taken shot went off target to the frustration of the SuperSport United bench, as Gavin Hunt’s men moved within a point of fourth placed Bidvest Wits.