SuperSport march towards title
Posted: 8 April 2009 Time: 21:58
SuperSport United beat Moroka Swallows 2-0 thanks to goals by Anthony Laffor and Daine Klate. The Absa Premiership match was played at Tshwane’s Absa Tuks Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Thanks to the win, SuperSport stay on top of the log with 52 points from 26 matches.
Matsatsantsa tried to take control of the game from the beginning and they created the first real opportunity in the fifth minute, when a long range effort by Anthony Laffor was well saved by Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia.
There was a weird incident a few minutes later when the Birds’ Cecil Oerson stepped on Daine Klate’s calf, which didn’t look completely unintentional. SuperSport’s left winger, however, was able to continue with the game.
SuperSport had to play the match at the Absa Tuks Stadium, which is normally used by first division side the University of Pretoria, because Matsatsantsa’s usual home ground, Atteridgeville’s Super Stadium, has been closed due to renovations ahead of the Fifa Confederations Cup.
Letladi Madubanya got the next chance for SuperSport in the 22nd minute, but, again, Swallows keeper Etafia blocked the shot from going in goal. Another chance, this time by Elias Pelembe, passed by when the ball landed on the upright.
Matsatsantsa kept on dominating the match with Swallows doing little in return. SuperSport controlled the midfield with Madubanya and Hlompho Kekana looking much stronger than their counterparts Lefa Tsutsulupa and Morgan Shivambu.
Swallows finally got their first goal scoring chance in the 30th minute after a rare defensive mistake by Morgan Gould, but Oerson was unable to do enough with it and the opportunity went wasted.
Numerous opportunities were created by SuperSport in the first half, but, remarkably so, they seemed to be unable to put the ball past Swallows goalkeeper Etafia in the net.
The second half started like the first with the home team controlling the game. Klate got an excellent chance in the 49th minute, but he put the ball straight into the hands of Birds keeper Etafia from close range.
Swallows struggled to create even a single chance during the game. It wasn’t even that the Birds came to just sit back and defend, but they seemed powerless against a team that was clearly playing the better football.
Matsatsantsa finally got their goal in the 60th minute when a back heel pass in the box by Pelembe to Laffor was forcefully kicked past Etafia. It was already the Liberian’s ninth league goal of the season.
Swallows tried to do something back after conceding the goal. Their coach, Julio Leal, tried to give his side some more creativity in midfield by bringing on the Brazilian Igor Alves, but it didn’t help too much. Instead, it was Klate who should have scored in the 79th minute a further goal. But the left winger shot the ball straight at the Birds keeper.
Klate, however, made up for his earlier miss when he scored SuperSport’s second goal in the 88th minute with a powerful left-footed drive from just inside the box.
Matsatsantsa deserved the win and should have beaten a rather poor Swallows with a much bigger score line.
As a result of gaining the three points, SuperSport are still topping the log (with four league matches to go), five points ahead of their nearest challenger Orlando Pirates, who beat Maritzburg United 2-1.