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Late Kutumela penalty gives Maritzburg United the edge over suicidal Stellies

Defensive midfielder Ryan Rae played a key role for Maritzburg United on their visit to Stellenbosch yesterday.

The football gods appeared to hand a “Freedom Day gift” to Maritzburg United in the Cape Winelands as they were able to snatch a vital 1-0 victory against suicidal Stellenbosch in their DStv Premiership clash on Tuesday.

Only pride will prevent the “Team of Choice” from admitting that they were let off the hook many times in the encounter by a home team who had plenty of pace in attack but an equal lack of precision in the final third.

A draw would have been a good result for the relegation-threatened visitors based on the day’s proceedings under clear skies, but the Midlands outfit ended up with a great outcome thanks to Stellenbosch conceding a penalty in stoppage time, to add to their wastefulness at the other end of the pitch.

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