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Telkom Knockout Final: SuperSport United Platinum Stars

Posted: 29 November 2014 Time: 14:46

Thuso Phala scored an extra-time winner as SuperSport United were crowned 2014 Telkom Knockout champions after a 3-2 victory over Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Phala's 111th-minute strike separated the sides after 120 minutes of football that included two penalties scored and one saved. Daniels scored the two spot-kicks and Eleazar Rodgers missed one, while the other goals were scored by Robert Ng'ambi and Mogokolodi Ngele.

Dikwena took the lead in the 28th minute after substitute Ngele teed up Robert Ng'ambi to fire home from just inside the area. Ngele had come on just a minute earlier in place of the injured Letladi Madubanya.

But SuperSport were back level on 36 minutes when David Mathebula was sandwiched in the box by Luvolwethu Mpeta and Tshepo Gumede. Clayton Daniels fired the spot-kick straight down the middle to get his side back in the game.

It was just reward for Matsatsantsa after they they had a strong penalty shout denied on 21 minutes when Gumede clattered into Lebogang Manyama after he was played through by Dove Wome.

It was a half in which SuperSport bossed more of the ball and made most of the play, with a couple of nervy moments for both goalkeepers.

Five minutes in Mpontshane had his first nervy moment when he dropped Thuso Phala's drilled cross from the right, but fortunately for the keeper Enocent Mkhabela fired over the bar after Wome teed him up.

Wome then forced the first save out of Mpontshane after he showed quick feet to beat a defender before firing a stinging drive that the goalie had to stretch to knock over for a corner.

From the resultant corner Mpontshane was indecisive at his near post and needed Eleazar Rodgers to clear off the line to save his blushes.

Four minutes later Rodgers charged down a Ronwen Williams clearance and the ball fell to Ng'ambi, but he was unable to chip the out-of-position goalkeeper, who managed to get back to make a scrambling save.

Then Letladi Madubanya had to leave the field with a hamstring injury after 27 minutes, but his replacement Ngele sparked the match into life as he set up the opening goal for Ng'ambi before Daniels' penalty restored parity.

The second half became a cautious affair as both sides took their foot off the pedal, preferring to preserve what they had rather than risk losing it all.

The best chance for Stars fell to Thabiso Semenya as he met Ndumiso Mabena's corner-kick at the far post, unchallenged, but he could not keep it down.

SuperSport's best chance fell at the feet of Telkom Knockout top scorer Dove Wome in a great position following a Phala cross and Mathebula flick-on, but the Togo international could not get sufficient power behind his shot to beat Mponshane.

To extra time it went, and the game was suddenly injected with a dose of drama on 102 minutes as Solomon Mathe pulled down Phala in the area and Daniels – who was lucky to still be on the pitch after escaping a second yellow card for a cynical foul on Ngele earlier – sent his spot-kick into the right-hand corner to put United ahead.

But just a minute later Ngele latched onto a Rodgers lay-off and fired a superb volley into the bottom-right corner, giving Williams no chance as he levelled the scores at 2-2.

Stars were given the chance to go 3-2 up right at the end of the first half of extra time when Mahlatsi Makububela's cross hit Thabo Moloi's arm. Rodgers stepped up but Williams dived to his left to keep out the penalty and then showed brilliant reflexes to save Rodgers' rebound effort with his legs. 2-2 it remained…

And then came a moment of magic from Phala, who cut in from the right onto his left foot, beating two defenders before curling a shot with the outside of his right foot into the far corner.

SuperSport held on to be crowned 2014 Telkom Knockout champions and hand coach Gordon Igesund his first cup trophy since his 2000 BP Top 8 win with Orlando Pirates.

HOME: SuperSport United

Coach: Gordon Igesund
Formation: four two three one

AWAY: Platinum Stars

Coach: Allan Freese
Formation: four three three

Livefyre comments on this story...

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-11-29 13:24:53

That ws a penalty for ssu, not a boring final as some predicted, i'm enjoying it, both teams r giving out their best, bt ssu should hv been leading by now, damn, what a game. Useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-11-29 13:28:52

Ngambi, just when i thought ssu is taking this one, we gonna see a lovely game here, useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

posted: 2014-11-29 13:52:19

Useshilo usihlalo. Is the stadium full. There is no electricity here in the suburbs

petrus moletsane
posted: 2014-11-29 14:06:55

That was not a penalty,you can see how he hesitate to blew the whistle

defendog wa pirates
posted: 2014-11-29 14:09:05

Mxm small teams dat knocked out de Big guns

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2014-11-29 14:16:41

Ngambi is a player for big occassions. Always rise to the occassion.

posted: 2014-11-29 14:57:09

M enjoying the game Rodgers, Wome and Ngele are proving Pitso s cowness even Daniels

posted: 2014-11-29 15:13:07

U are talking nosense.

posted: 2014-11-29 15:21:26

This is a final and half four goals already...

Okada man
posted: 2014-11-29 15:25:22

Stars cant always play for penalties bathong...hai dis drunken masters.

posted: 2014-11-29 15:34:27

It's done now...no more goals...congratulations are in line for GI and his troops

Okada man
posted: 2014-11-29 15:35:40

De end for de drunken head?

posted: 2014-11-29 15:40:33


Congrats!! To u Rats fumigator . It was not a fluke that u Moered Rats Fc (3-0) in da semi

posted: 2014-11-29 15:42:39

Wow best Cup final game I've eva watched in a very long time, I mean ds is best final dts Chimpanzee, Rats n reining Champs (Sundowns) won't produced combine!!

#angithi phela ngiyiSandawana#

posted: 2014-11-29 15:43:43

Far better than Soweto final

posted: 2014-11-29 15:44:11


Agree! He always give your rats fc problems in cup games

posted: 2014-11-29 15:45:15


Sour grapes. Moron!! Tell us abt Pretoria final

posted: 2014-11-29 15:46:38


Another disgruntled ndununu fc imbecile .

Kakeyello !!

posted: 2014-11-29 15:54:09

The best final i have seen in year but it is emabarrassing when people compare this with the Soweto derby 

Papa Hloni
posted: 2014-11-29 15:55:07

This is what a cup final is! Goals,Goals,Goals!!!

I still fail to understand,How CowPitso can let players like Wome,Sbu Khumalo & Rodgers Go and the keep cows like Ramagalela & Langerman!

I'm happy for Clayton Daniels,he's enjoying his football again after some frustrations at Dunusa.

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