Supersport make winning start
Posted: 30 August 2008 Time: 21:52
Supersport United have got the defence of their Absa Premiership title off to a winning start on Saturday evening as they defeated Free State Stars 1-0 at the Super Stadium.
Brent Carelse continued his fine start to the campaign with the only goal of the game from the penalty-spot in the first half, and while Matsatsantsa had a number of opportunities to make the match safe after that, it was far from a convincing performance.
Stars coach Owen da Gama will be concerned too that his side could only create a few half-chances in 90 minutes of football, but for both coaches it may be a case of working out the early season rustiness from their sides.
Saitjheni Tsotetsi had the first chance of the game as he broke free on the left for Stars and with just Denis Onyango to beat in the Supersport goal, he decided to take his shot early and lifted the ball high and wide.
Glen Salmon had the first of many chances after 11 minutes, but he toe-poked wide. It was his run, however, that led to Stars keeper Kennedy Mweene bringing down Katlego Mashego at the near post and referee Daniel Bennet pointing to the spot.
Bennet was not the original referee penciled in for the game, but with Jerome Damon’s wife about to give birth to their second child, he was given the nod.
And Stars might be ruing that as the spot-kick award looked harsh, but Carelse made them pay nonetheless by coolly opening the scoring on 15 minutes.
Salmon had a glorious chance to make it 2-0 seven minutes later as his excellent run put him through on Mweene’s goal, but with just the keeper to beat, his chip went horribly wide.
Mashego went close soon afterwards, but his shot flew over the bar.
Tsotetsi set up Duncan Lechesa with a shooting opportunity 12 minutes into the second half, but the veteran midfielder fired over the bar from the edge of the area.
Carelse should have wrapped up the points with 10 minutes remaining when he had a heading opportunity at the near post, but failed to get a decent connection on the ball and could only glance it across goal.