For United, it was a new-look side that took to the field, with six players making their debuts for the Team of Choice.
The game got off to a physical start, with some over-the-top robust challenges coming in from a Tuks side keen to prove themselves in the top flight.
Tuks defender Warren Bishop was perhaps fortunate to escape a red card for a scything challenge on Delron Buckley.
Neither goal keeper was called into action as chances in front of goal failed to materialise.
The first real chance fell to Buckley, but his header lacked the power to trouble home stopper Tristan Coetsee.
A couple of minutes before the break and Buckley had another opportunity on goal, but his 30-yard free kick went just over the bar, while soon after that Michael Morton was narrowly off target with a low drive.
Based on the first half’s play, it was certainly against the run of play that AmaTuks opened the scoring in the 51 st minute as David Radebe latched onto a through ball and placed a low shot past Shu-aib Walters.
Walters did well two minutes later to ensure Maritzburg did not go a further goal behind when he made a good save at his near post from a side-footed volley.
There was a chance for Orlando Smeekes, on as a sub, to make an instant impact with the Team of Choice, but he sent a 78 th minute volley wide.
Smeekes continued to do his best to get Maritzburg back in the game, but sent a header over the bar and then was not too far off with a free kick from some range.
United certainly deserved something from the game, and they finally got their reward in injury time when Mario Booysen rose well to apply a glancing header to Peter Petersen’s pin-point delivery.