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Kermit Erasmus scored his maiden professional goal

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Posted: 4 March 2008 Time: 21:18

Supersport United have blown the Absa Premiership title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Ajax Cape Town at the Super Stadium on Tuesday night.

Matsatsantsa moved to within a point of the League leaders after a match punctuated with defensive errors, but providing great entertainment for the crowd.

In front of the watching Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, Supersport striker Kermit Erasmus scored his first professional goal midway through the first half, before Nathan Paulse continued his fine run of form with the equaliser.

Franklin Cale scored his first goal of the season five minutes into the second half as the Urban Warriors threatened to take control, but two goals in the space of four minutes from Katlego Mashego and Daine Klate turned the game on its head once more.

Erasmus had the first strike on a goal with a good run and shot from 25 yards that had Ajax goalkeeper Hans Vonk stretching, but saving comfortably in the end.

There was a moment of controversy on 16 minutes when Elias Pelembe’s header from the free-kick looked as though it might have crossed the line, but the referee decided Vonk had prevented the goal.

A mistake on 23 minutes from Brazilian Eduardo Ferreira from Fikru Tefera’s pass let Erasmus in behind the Ajax defence and the youngster coolly slotted past the onrushing Vonk to give the home side the lead.

The 17-year-old, who will be leaving for Dutch club Feyenoord at the end of the season, celebrated his goal with a somersault as his teammates rushed to congratulate him.

But the lead lasted just five minutes as Paulse beat the offside trap after Thabo September had let the ball run and the inform striker took his time before beating Dennis Onyango in the home goal. It took Paulse’s goal tally to six goals in his last four matches and eight for the season.

A beautiful move three minutes before halftime by Supersport put Klate through on Vonk’s goal, but the veteran keeper was equal to the task and saved with his feet, and was then up quickly to save again from a follow-up shot from Erasmus.

Bongani Khumalo might have done better a few minutes into the second half when he got his head to the free-kick, but could not get enough purchase on the ball to steer it goalward.

Cale then capitalised on another defensive error from the home side as Siboniso Gaxa’s weak back-pass fell well short of Onyango and the midfielder took advantage to slot the ball past the keeper.

September had an excellent chance to make amends for his earlier error when he found space for a free header, but could only direct the ball into the hands of Vonk, when a metre either side would have had the keeper stretching.

But Supersport were level on 68 minutes when substitute Mashego’s flick-on from the free-kick beat the despairing dive of Vonk.

And the turn-around was complete four minutes later when Klate latched onto a long pass that eluded the unusually poor Ferreira and dispatched the ball into the back of the net, much to the delight of coach Gavin Hunt.

Ferreira had the ball in the back of the net deep into injury time, but the whistle for offside had already blown before his chipped shot from 30-yards and Pelembe somehow failed to make it four for Supersport when he had plenty of time and space to beat Vonk, but failed to beat the big stopper.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:27 pm
Lucky won't be in your side all the time, Ajax relies on defensive errors.
posted: 09:28 pm
I hate supersport, but well done, particularly the goal scored by Dane Klate, was brilliant!
posted: 09:29 pm
The leugue is now open, hope Pirates can start pulliing up their weight!!!ooops how about Chips!!!
posted: 09:32 pm
The leugue belongs to big guns, Pirates will steal from the back door!!!congratulations to Hunt after a bad start of the season, but I think he is now good for S.sport.
posted: 09:33 pm
Hunt and Madigage weere happy in way that, they have already won the tittle, did you see what they did for their third goal scored by Klate!!!
posted: 09:36 pm
winning is cool, hope Muhsin can taste 2morrow against P.stars. If Chip draws, Muhsin will follow, Khabo Zondo and Gordon Igesund. let's wait for 2morrow.Amabhakabhaka!!!once a pirate always a pirate, once happy always happy.Aka Mka
posted: 09:42 pm
Well done Supersport, I think if you can approach every game like this, you will be crowned champions came the end of the season.
posted: 11:34 pm
WHY ARE YOU HATING s/SPORT BRA?anyway 10 million is belong to Sundowns.We'll start tomorrow to c hw are going to steal ten million by killing arrows.
posted: 12:52 am
The higher u go the colder become,ku shushu it is hot now on top there.Hopefully the championship won`t be won by 1 of the big 3,it will be better if not 1 of them,for the sake of BP`s & HEARTATTACK of sapporters,I hope & wish so.
posted: 02:25 am
Chips are going down
posted: 03:23 am
As 4 Sundowns stealing the championship!!!!Well well wish you luck.
posted: 05:06 am
Boring ajax loose, i told u yesterday that i dont c ajax winning, end of the road for ajax guys .
posted: 05:07 am
Boring ajax loose, i told u yesterday that i dont c ajax winning, end of the road for ajax guys .
posted: 06:24 am
Champs for bucs, pirates can go all the way and win the league, ajax will loose it, saddam, cowboy, i told u izolo gents, viva odg viva .
posted: 06:48 am
I think this game was a gr8 advertisement for football. As for where the league should go i think supersport should win it, as i am of the opinion that Gavin Hunt as a coach is extremely underated. He has consistently made his team competitive, finished in the top 5 consistently albeit he has coached only teams who have a shoe string budget i.e hellenic, black leopards and swallows, in fact he is one the few of the thidielas were unable to fire, LOL:-D
posted: 07:51 am
hehehe... Lybon...
posted: 08:09 am
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posted: 08:11 am
i was backing ajax to win the league but now im not so sure.first af all great game with great goals,i was dissappointed though with craig rossle tactics always bypassing the midfield hoofing the high balls to nathan paulse and there by eliminating the guys in the midfield.that is why Hadji(mfundo Shumana) was not effective because they were not getting the balls.i think the title is going to be won by the coach who is doing his homework and have experience and i think Gavin Hunt has got the edge here because he is a good planner and quite experienced than craig rosslee.in Kermit Erasmus a new star is born.
posted: 08:12 am
Chiefs will win the League....HHHAAA....HHHAAA...Bartlet will the Highest goal scorer.....hhha....hhaaaa. I love this game
posted: 08:17 am
Peter,one thing i want people like you is that small or big budget doesn't play or score goals.The only person who score or play soccer is the players(Look no further than at Kaizer Chiefs).The other thing is that big or small bonuses doesn't play or score goals only the focust,dedicated players do(Sundowns big fats bonuses but look at the league right now:Ajax small bonuses but just have a look at the league and see were they are.Lastly it doesn't matter if supporters are singing the whole 90minutes or cheering the players or there is less supportes the fact is that if you don't score goals you will fail(Look at celtics they sing for the whole 90minutes and everybody say we must be like Celtics supporters.Players don't care what song i you singing,if they do then they will fail like Celtics.Santos/Ajax/Supersport and Wits are the shing example.SCORE GOALS, NOTHING BUT GOALS,FINISH AND KLAAR.
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