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Maritzburg 1-1 AmaTuks

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United & AmaTuks: All square

United & AmaTuks: All square

Maritzburg United climbed to fourth in the PSL standings after their 1-1 draw with the University of Pretoria on Tuesday at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

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AmaTuks took the lead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot thanks to Mamadou Niang, only for Cuthbert Malajila to do the same for the hosts in the 34th.

The Team of Choice now close out their fixtures list before the festive break on 24 points, the same as fifth-placed Free State Stars, who are in action on Wednesday.

Tukkies, meanwhile, are left on 23 points and in sixth place on the Premiership standings.

Ayanda Lubelo had the first opening for the visitors after just six minutes when he beat the off-side trap to get to a long ball from Aubrey Ngoma from the left, only to head the chance over.

However, there was no let off for the hosts when Niang was brought down in the box by Shu-aib Walters after a terrific through ball by Thokozani Sekotlong.

The Senegalese front-man dusted himself off and slotted home to hand Steve Barker's side the lead.

Niang should have doubled the advantage 10 minutes later when Ngoma delivered to his feet, but the striker shot over the bar from just inside the box.

At the other end, Maritzburg finally had their first opening midway through the half when Washington Arubi spilt a long-range attempt by Mohammed Awal, but was rescued by one of his defenders.

Tebogo Monyai was then deemed to have brought down Malajila in the box before the interval, with the Zimbabwean stepping up to level the game.

After the break, the free-flowing nature of the game continued as Terrance Mandaza capitalised on some sloppy play, before having his shot deflected wide by a defender.

Mandaza then turned provider as he played in Malajila on the right side of the box, but the shot was squeezed wide.

AmaTuks again had a glorious opening on the hour mark after Niang flicked on for Lubelo, who was sprinted through and shot wide with just Walters to beat.

The same Tukkies player had another easy chance that he pushed wide after a fine run and cross from Ngoma on the left.

Niang and David Radebe had further chances late on, which they too failed to take as the visitors had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Posted: 18/12/12 19:48

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