Laffor fires SuperSport to victory
Posted: 14 January 2011 Time: 19:51
A steely performance from SuperSport United and Anthony Laffor's goal gave them a much-needed 1-0 win over Vasco da Gama at the Cape Town Stadium.
SuperSport had the better of the opening half, with Vasco not on top of their game as they made a series of mistakes, both in defence and in attack.
Anthony Laffor opened the scoring for the Tshwane side after 12 minutes, sending the ball past Posnett Omony from 12-yards after Tshepo Bulu had won the aerial dual for Thabo September’s floated cross.
The Cape side should, however, have hit back 10 minutes later after Rowan Fernandez was fooled by an awkward bounce, but Jonathan Armogam squandered the chance, side-footing wide from 12-yards with an empty goal beckoning.
That was it as first half chances were concerned, though the Cape side had to deal with a couple of dangerous balls into their box and did not always look too convincing.
Matsatsantsa were again the better side after the restart, but couldn’t create any real chances, although they had the home defence in sixes and sevens on several occasions.
Vasco finally started to make some headway in attack around the hour mark, but still struggled for decent chances as Francois Adams failed to find a team-mate with a cross and then Josephy Kamwendo had a penalty appeal turned down and was instead booked.
The increased efforts in attack nearly came at a price however as SuperSport caught the Cape side twice on the break in quick succession with around 25 minutes to go, but both Laffor and Fikru Tefera were wasteful in their finishing.
As the match moved into the final 10 minutes it was the Cape side who mounted attack after attack, but they just could not make headway against a committed SuperSport defence, where Morgan Gould was in imposing form, with Thabo Sepetember not far behind.
This meant that Fernandez remained well protected, despite the best efforts of Sibusiso Zuma, Cole Alexander and Jonathan Fransman,
This ensured a crucial and well-earned three points on Gavin Hunt’s return to Cape Town, where he faced former Hellenic team-mate Carlos das Neves on the opposite bench.