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SuperSport United beat Platinum Stars in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 8 May 2013 Time: 18:44

SuperSport United are through to the Nedbank Cup Final after an action-packed 3-2 win over Platinum Stars on Wednesday night.

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The Tshwane side will meet Kaizer Chiefs on May 25 at a venue to be announced on Thursday, but which is believed to be the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The North-West started the better side, showing their intentions as early as the fifth minute when Tintswalo Tshabalala shot from outside the box, but his left-footed strike found Ronwen Williams in a good position to make an easy save.

Barely a minute later, Vuyo Mere whipped in a cross from the right, but his intended target Henrico Botes couldn’t connect and the chance to go further ahead was missed.

SuperSport were not happy to be just on the receiving end and responded when Sameehg Doutie put in a dangerous cross from the left that was cleared to safety in the eighth minute.

In the 21st minute, Erasmus scored after being put through one-on-one by Doutie, but the goal didn’t count as the nippy striker was flagged offside.

Three minutes later, in the 24th minute, Dikwena drew first blood. Thuso Phala beat the SuperSport central defenders for pace, but Williams did well to block his attempt.

However, Williams’ teammates went to sleep, allowing Tshabalala to capitalise from the rebound. The left-footed midfielder picked the pieces, pushed the ball forward and slammed it past Williams.

Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele could have put Stars further ahead on the half hour-mark, but he miscued a shot inside the box with his weaker right foot.

Matsatsantsa came back from the second half the better side and to make matters worse for Dikwena, Botes was stretchered off injured and replaced by Siphelele Mthembu just four minutes into the second stanza.

SuperSport United drew level in the 51st minute courtesy of Erasmus, who beat the defence for pace to slot home. A couple of minutes later, he could have put his side in the lead but he was unlucky as his shot hit the crossbar.

However, SuperSport did take the lead in the 79th minute when substitute Clifford Mulenga took advantage to score. Stars keeper Kabelo Dambe appeared to have been fouled by Mogogi Gabonamong, but the referee allowed the game to go on and the Zambian put his side in the lead.

It wasn’t over, though.

Phala was brought down by Bevan Fransman in the box in the 90th minute. Young striker Thabani Mthembu, who had come on as a substitute a couple of minutes earlier, stepped up and Williams saved the initial spot-kick. The linesman called for a retake because Williams had come off his line and Mthembu converted at the second attempt to take the game into extra-time.

Early on, Phala hit the side-netting from a tight angle down the left when perhaps a better option could have been crossing for Robert Ng’ambi in the box.

SuperSport sealed the tie with a penalty of their own in the 105th minute when Edwin Gyimah was fouled by Gumede. Veteran striker Sibusiso Zuma made no mistake from the spot-kick.

Previous comments on this story...

Chief - Champ Salakiaku
posted: 10:52 pm
Sibusiso Zuma,what a legend!!!!!!,this man plays like he is still in his early twenties.
Now i putting my hope on Arrows to beat them on saturday,

#Friends of Arrows #
CHIEF [Ma-Shimis@Khosi]
posted: 03:43 am
tshipi ka bo yellow

Don’t worry Platinum Stars. That loss was just a mere blessing in disguise. Your main objective is to win a league which I’m eyeing you to achieve based on the consistency throughout the season. For Supersport, this win is just an obvious answer that the cup will be easily defended. Congratulations both teams for your achievements in advance.
@ Tshipi Nyello

Who are kahle kahle? We don't know you, we know Sweyts and his dogs. You have told us what is your wish for ZION and for Plate-ya-nyama, what about your Tuckshop?
posted: 04:30 am
K.Chiefz wil face Mantsantsa twice be4 de end ff seazin bt Rize `khosi`Rize
posted: 06:30 am
this average team talks too much
Donald Duck
posted: 07:40 am
Dankie SSU for moering that loud mouth Johnson, now just finish them off in the league as well. Shapa SSU!!

posted: 07:42 am
That is the first season that Platinum Stars has been on song and they should be grateful for their achievement and take it to the next season where they have a chance to fair much better or even win some silverware including the ABSA Premiership. All is not lost as you will be position 2 after being walloped by Bloemfontein Celtic and can take pride that you are amongst the big 3 teams in terms of performance
Donald Duck
posted: 07:43 am
Sameegh Doutie is a very good player, he was on fire..
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 07:47 am
I have a funny feeling that come 18h00 on Saturday Kaizer Chiefs will be crowned champions of the 2012/13 season.
Cosa Nostra (5Families)
posted: 07:49 am
@TMG 2009posted: 10:29 pm | Report Watching sabc 1 Sport Talk @ 10...funny how many so called self proclaimed die hard sapotas of GORILLAS FC here who are also successful business men and women, but only two sapotas wen to DRC, one of which is an old men...but the rich ones where busy on face book and twitter for the game!!! I like it for kick off GORILLA business men....
This Gorillas ba ya claima like T P Mazembe boss said this southern gorillas are suffering from schizophrenia which is a mental disorder in which gorilla patients see the world differently from the rest of the population
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 07:53 am
Makhosi get your champaignes ready for Saturday afternoon. Chiefs will be crowned champs without kicking the ball.

Judging by what happened last nite I see Plastic Stars losing on Sat. Playing 120 minutes and playing in Durbs two days later with two of your best players unavailable can only mean one thing......defeat.

As for the match between Chibuku FC and Marabastad FC the worst result will be a draw otherwise I see an easy win for Marabastad FC.
posted: 07:55 am
Sekuphelile uku phapha
posted: 07:57 am
SSU u know what to do, trap Chiefs in the league n give 3 points to platinum, for i dont care what happens in the Nedbank final, but Hunt can defend it.

while our Task team is monitoring the situation very closely.
Cosa Nostra (5Families)
posted: 08:09 am
@Donald Duckposted: 07:43 am | Report Sameegh Doutie is a very good player, he was on fire..
Sameeq Doutie can be usefull at naturena next season far much better than masango and company and apart from him i heard they want Erasmus not knowing if they willultimately get him but i also like this Gumede defender at Dikwena.Cool and collected even though he caused a penalty
posted: 08:10 am
Something tells me that the defending champs of the remaining cups will just defend them to conclude this season
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 08:15 am

posted: 07:57 am | Report SSU u know what to do, trap Chiefs in the league n give 3 points to platinum, for i dont care what happens in the Nedbank final, but Hunt can defend it.

while our Task team is monitoring the situation very closely.

Chiefs will not rely on other teams to win the league. I thought by now you will be tired of asking other teams to beat Chiefs. We will beat SSU whether you like it or not mpya ke wena.

By the way Chiefs may not even need to beat SSU to win the lig after Arrows hammer PS.
posted: 08:15 am
the final is going to be tough though .... and for SSunited to beat Stars for the second that won't be easy
posted: 08:20 am
I see a very sad ending for Chiefs fans but i dont know who is going to win.

they say they dont rely on others yet they want Arrows to beat Platinum n SSU to draw with Platinum.

Chiefs will lose to SSU n get a point against Tuks, while Operation last 9 points is in full swing.
posted: 08:23 am
Chiefs will finish on 57 points

Platinum on 56 points

while Pirates will again make history on operation 9 maximum points
TMG 2009
posted: 08:24 am
i dont see HUNT risking NEDBANK cup at the expense of the league he will go for broke against SWALLOWS in the league game...but he wont win against CHIEFS!!! it is very difficult to beat the same team twice in a short space of time!!! SSU wont beat PS in the league, should SSU beat CHIEFS in the league then they will have to kiss the NEDBANK CUP goodbye...HUNT is a clever man and will do the right thing!!!
`Khosi by Nature®
posted: 08:24 am
They can go ahead to lick each other's wounds on the 18th as the losers of Nedbank & Premiership to Amakhosi.
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