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United score last gasp win over Hellenic 09/10/04
Maritzburg United scored three important points when they came from behind to beat Hellenic 3-2 in a thrilling Mvela Golden League game being played in front of a good crowd at the Mehlareng Stadium in Thembisa on Saturday afternoon.

The large crowd was rewarded for their support with some top class play by both teams throughout the afternoon.

The early stages of the game saw both teams battling it out for supremacy in the middle of the park with Hellenic emerging slightly stronger, despite United having the likes of former Bafana Bafana midfielders Dumisa Ngobe and Junaid Hartley in their ranks.

Somewhat against the run of the play in the 22nd minute, United took the lead when former Hellenic and Bloemfontein Celtic striker Darrel Smith arrived first to a long ball from the left and with the keeper mistiming his challenge, Smith was able to guide the ball into an empty net from 14-yards out.

The home side refused to let this setback get to them and levelled the score only seven minutes later when Katlego Loke did excellently to pick out Lawrence Masegela at the far post and the latter made no mistake with a thumping left-footed shot which gave United keeper Aime Kitenge no chance at all.

With the game going into injury time at the end of the first half Maritzburg United were somewhat unfortunate to concede a penalty when Laurell Brown was judged to have blocked the ball with his hands.

Mxolise May stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, sending Kitenge the wrong way.

In the second stanza the hosts carried off from where they left off in the first half, but despite having the upperhand, they were not able to turn their superiority into clear-cut goal scoring chances.

In the 59th minute Smith had a good chance when he was picked out in the box with a long range pass, but the United forward saw his first time volley from the edge of the area fly well high of the target.

In a bid to try and get back in the game, United coach Trott Moloto replaced Smith with former Moroka Swallows striker, Gavin Manuels, in the 67th minute.

They nearly equalised four minutes later when defender Nkosinathi Ngema just failed to steer home his header from a Hartley free-kick.

The visitors then got the goal they were looking for, when, in the 75th minute, Luntu Mazana popped up at the far post to claim the ball and squeeze the it across the keeper.

With the game seemingly headed for a draw, a moment of indivudual brilliance by Obinna Akafor sealed the game for United in the 90th minute.

The big striker did brilliantly to cut inside from the right, beat a defender and then slot the ball home to complete the comeback for the KZN club.

Friday's result

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Saturday's results

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Free State Stars 0-0 Vasco Da Gama Charles Mopeli
Uthukela 3-1 Mabopane Y Masters Princess Magogo
Winners Park 0-0 North-West Tigers Giyani Stadium
Hellenic 2-3 Maritzburg United Mehlareng Stadium

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