Nedbank Cup quarter-final match report Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic 31 March 2018
Posted: 31 March 2018 Time: 14:08
Maritzburg United sealed a semi-final berth in the Nedbank Cup after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.
Maritzburg wasted no time stamping their authority as they went in front through Lebohang Maboe as early as the first minute after good build-up play.
The visitors were expectantly rattled and nearly conceded a second after Motsie Matima broke from a corner and cracked the top of the crossbar.
Celtic were then denied expertly by Richard Ofori, who pulled off a stunning block that went out for a corner moments later.
The resultant set-piece saw Ronald Pfumbadzai head against the top of the crossbar with half-time fast approaching.
At the start of the second half, Maritzburg wasted no time exerting their opening stanza superiority and went immediately on the front foot for the two-goal cushion.
They were, however, pinned back by the Free Staters, who found the equaliser 14 minutes from time through Jacky Motshegwa.
It was short-lived, though, with the home side going in front once more off the boot of Andrea Fileccia after a delightful through ball from Maboe two minutes later.
HOME: Maritzburg United
Coach: Fadlu Davids
AWAY: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Veselin Jelusic