Downs, SuperSport in exciting draw
Posted: 12 September 2009 Time: 22:35
Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United proved that the Tshwane derby rivals the Soweto derby when the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at the Super Stadium.
Katlego Mphela scored for Sundowns and Anthony Laffor scored for SuperSport.
The Brazilians and Matsatsantsa a Pitoli could each claim 50% of ball possession as they were evenly matched for the better part of the game.
The chances from either side in the first half were few and far in between and it was no surprise that the score at the interval was 0-0.
Daine Klate wasted a great opportunity when Siyabonga Nkosi picked him in Sundowns’ box with a pinpoint cross early on, but the former’s header was weak and failed to trouble Calvin Marlin, who easily saved.
SuperSport were playing a cautious game in the first half and relied on an offside trap tactic to frustrate Elias Pelembe and Katlego Mphela, who were leading Sundowns’ frontline.
Bongani Khumalo had a goal disallowed with just over 20 minutes gone. The Bafana Bafana defender out jumped the Sundowns defenders and keeper Marlin, but referee Charl Theron blew his whistle for a foul that wasn’t clear. TV replays show that it was a legitimate goal.
It was in the second half that the game came alive.
Katlego Mphela put Sundowns ahead from a penalty in the 57th minute after Matthew Pattison was hacked in the penalty area by Phelelani Mpangase. Minutes later, SuperSport United players claimed a penalty when Nkosi was brought down by Marlin, but Theron waved play on, much to Nkosi’s frustration, who earned a yellow card for diving.
But it wasn’t long before Matsatsantsa clawed their way back into the game. Hunt’s men got a penalty after Derrick Spencer was adjudged to have handled the ball. Anthony Laffor scored from the resultant spot kick in the 67th minute.
Baron was named man of the match and who can argue with the decision after the former Kaizer Chiefs keeper blocked Pattison’s shot in the dying seconds of the game to deny Sundowns a win.