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PSL survival in sight for Maritzburg United after second play-off win

22/05/2019

Maritzburg United took another step towards ensuring survival in the top-flight after beating National First Division outfit Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila 2-0 in the relegation/promotion playoffs at Thohoyandou on Wednesday afternoon.

The Team of Choice finished 15th on the PSL log, forcing them to take part in the playoffs against the Limpopo-based outfit, who finished third in the first division, and Royal Eagles who were second.

Having narrowly-beaten Eagles over the weekend, Eric Tinkler's men needed another victory to put them in pole position for PSL participation in the 2019/20 season.

After a goalless first half in Thohoyandou, it took until after the hour mark for the breakthrough with Judas Moseamedi getting on the end of a Deolin Mekoa cross to bang in the opener from close range.

It took another 15 minutes for the Team of Choice to double their lead as Moseamedi turned provider, releasing Bongokuhle Hlongwane who made no mistake.

The final whistle would ring soon after, giving Maritzburg a vital victory, going into their final two fixtures in the competition. This means that a victory against either club in the return leg will see them stay in the top flight.

Tshakuma are home to Eagles on Saturday, who next host Maritzburg on Wednesday, 29 May.

The competition concludes on Saturday, 1 June with Maritzburg welcoming Tshakuma to Harry Gwala Stadium.

Only the team that finishes first at the end of the tournament will qualify to take part in the PSL.

PSL promotion/relegation playoffs results and remaining fixturesMaritzburg United 1-0 Royal Eagles

Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila 0-2 Maritzburg United

Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila vs Royal Eagles Saturday, 25 May

Royal Eagles vs Maritzburg United Wednesday, 29 May

Maritzburg United vs Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila Saturday, 1 June

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