Maritzburg's woes contiunes

Cape Town City overcame Maritzburg United 3-2 in Absa Premiership match at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The win took the Citizens to the third spot on the league standings, while the Team of Choice remained 16th on the table.

The Citizens got off to a dream start as they broke the deadlock just seven minutes into the match.

Thamsanqa Mkhize scored from Gift Links' corner-kick to make it 1-0 to City much to the delight of the home crowd.

The Team of Choice were then forced to make a change after their captain Brian Mandela Onyango went down injured.

The Kenya international was replaced by fellow defender Nazeer Allie, who partnered with Siyanda Xulu at the heart of the defence.

Maritzburg pushed for the equalising goal with the halftime break fast approaching.

However, City stood firm at the back and the score was 1-0 to the hosts at the interval.

The hosts continued to press the Team of Choice as they looked to double their lead in the opening stages of the second-half.

However, Maritzburg grew in confidence as the match progressed and they managed to level matters through Mxolisi Kunene.

The diminutive full-back burst into the City box before firing past goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh to make it 1-1 in the 61st minute.

Parity was only restored for nine minutes as the hosts restored their lead through Links, who scored with a low shot to make it 2-1 to City.

It was soon 3-1 to City as Riyaad Norodien put his name on the scoresheet with a low effort with nine minutes left on the clock.

Maritzburg managed to score through Frank Makaringe in the 84th minute, but the goal proved to be a consolation goal as City held on to win 3-2 on the day.

City (1) 3 (Mkhize 7', Links 70', Norodien 81')

Maritzburg (0) 2 (Kunene 61', Makaringe 84')