A point each for Aces and Maritzburg

Maritzburg United and ten-man Black Aces have settled for a point each after they drew 0-0 in their Absa Premiership clash at Harry Gwala Stadium.

The result sees Maritzburg move up to fourth position on the table while Aces are in eleventh spot.

In the 12th minute Aces midfielder Miguel Timm got the first shot in at goal, but Virgil Vries was not troubled in goal. Four minutes later, Aces striker Tendai Ndoro also shot at goal but could not beat Vries, and within moments dangerman Ndoro got another crack at goal but his header hit the post.

In the 25th minute Sheldon van Wyk saw his effort fly wide of the post while Aces’ experienced forward Mabhuti Khenyeza had a half chance on the other end of the field.

In the 37th minute, Khumbulani Banda fired in a shot at goal, but goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro tipped the ball over. From the resultant corner kick, Edwin Gyimah cleared the danger as Aces absorbed a period of pressure from Maritzburg.

Six minutes before the interval, a corner by Van Wyk found Ashley Hartog but his header went harmlessly over the bar.

The first half can best be summed up as a period which lacked genuine scoring chances as both teams struggled to create openings inside the final third of the field.

Ten minutes into the second half substitute Mondi Cele got ion a shot at goal for the home side but Murambadoro showed safe hands to hold onto the ball.

Maritzburg go close to scoring in the 58th minute when Ashley Hartog’s header crashed against the bar following a ball into the area by Thamsanqa Mkhize.

Then Lehlohonolo Nonyane was sent off in the 65th minute to compound matters for visiting Aces.

Since coming on as a substitute Kurt Lentjies made himself known and won a free kick for his side, only for the opportunity to come to nothing.

Moments later, Mohammed Anas drove his shot wide of the upright and Hartog too put his effort wide of goal as Maritzburg searched for a goal.

In the final ten minutes, Aces goalkeeper Murambadoro did well to keep out a Cele shot and a free kick from Mkhize.

A draw was probably the fairest result.

Maritzburg United 0

Mpumalanga Black Aces 0

Teams:

Maritzburg United: Vries, Mabaso, Mngonyama, Paintsil, Matuka, Van Wyk (Cele 53’), Mkhise, Hartog, Banda (Lentjies 76’), Mandaza (Mokate 60’), Anas

Mpumalanga Black Aces: Murambandoro, Gumede, Nonyane, Nengomasha, Gyimah, Adusei, Timm, Jayiya (Tukane 61’), Nale, Ndoro (Ngalo 67’), Khenyeza (Mbesuma 61’)