Maritzburg United have come out winners of the KwaZulu-Natal Derby after a 1-0 Absa Premiership success over Lamontville Golden Arrows in their clash at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday evening.
The only goal of the game came from United defender Rheece Evans, and in truth the home side offered very little going forward.
It was a bright opening from both sides, without either goalkeeper being tested much. That was until midway through the half when Evans scored his first PSL goal after some sloppy defending from the home side.
Zambian Justine Zulu could not get the ball away from the corner and Delron Buckley crossed for Evans to score.
It was perhaps a little hard on the home side, and there were further aggrieved some minutes later when Norman Smith had a good chance to bring his side level, but put the ball wide of goal.
The visitors had two chances in quick succession, Buckley and Mario Booysen putting their efforts side of goal though. Mlotshwa had two chances of his own that were both saved by Shu-Aib Walters in the United goal.
The same player headed over the bar when he really should have done better in the second period, while substitute Gabuza, who came on for Zulu at halftime, tested Walters, but the keeper made a comfortable save.
Bongi Ntuli had a headed opportunity that went wide late on, as did Gabuza, but Mngqithi’s side were unable to find an equaliser.The Telkom Knockout next weekend means both teams will have a break from matches, but Golden Arrows will be back in action on November 21 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic, while Maritzburg play a day earlier when they host SuperSport United.