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Telkom Knockout Final: SuperSport United Platinum Stars

Posted: 29 November 2014 Time: 14:46

Thuso Phala scored an extra-time winner as SuperSport United were crowned 2014 Telkom Knockout champions after a 3-2 victory over Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Phala's 111th-minute strike separated the sides after 120 minutes of football that included two penalties scored and one saved. Daniels scored the two spot-kicks and Eleazar Rodgers missed one, while the other goals were scored by Robert Ng'ambi and Mogokolodi Ngele.

Dikwena took the lead in the 28th minute after substitute Ngele teed up Robert Ng'ambi to fire home from just inside the area. Ngele had come on just a minute earlier in place of the injured Letladi Madubanya.

But SuperSport were back level on 36 minutes when David Mathebula was sandwiched in the box by Luvolwethu Mpeta and Tshepo Gumede. Clayton Daniels fired the spot-kick straight down the middle to get his side back in the game.

It was just reward for Matsatsantsa after they they had a strong penalty shout denied on 21 minutes when Gumede clattered into Lebogang Manyama after he was played through by Dove Wome.

It was a half in which SuperSport bossed more of the ball and made most of the play, with a couple of nervy moments for both goalkeepers.

Five minutes in Mpontshane had his first nervy moment when he dropped Thuso Phala's drilled cross from the right, but fortunately for the keeper Enocent Mkhabela fired over the bar after Wome teed him up.

Wome then forced the first save out of Mpontshane after he showed quick feet to beat a defender before firing a stinging drive that the goalie had to stretch to knock over for a corner.

From the resultant corner Mpontshane was indecisive at his near post and needed Eleazar Rodgers to clear off the line to save his blushes.

Four minutes later Rodgers charged down a Ronwen Williams clearance and the ball fell to Ng'ambi, but he was unable to chip the out-of-position goalkeeper, who managed to get back to make a scrambling save.

Then Letladi Madubanya had to leave the field with a hamstring injury after 27 minutes, but his replacement Ngele sparked the match into life as he set up the opening goal for Ng'ambi before Daniels' penalty restored parity.

The second half became a cautious affair as both sides took their foot off the pedal, preferring to preserve what they had rather than risk losing it all.

The best chance for Stars fell to Thabiso Semenya as he met Ndumiso Mabena's corner-kick at the far post, unchallenged, but he could not keep it down.

SuperSport's best chance fell at the feet of Telkom Knockout top scorer Dove Wome in a great position following a Phala cross and Mathebula flick-on, but the Togo international could not get sufficient power behind his shot to beat Mponshane.

To extra time it went, and the game was suddenly injected with a dose of drama on 102 minutes as Solomon Mathe pulled down Phala in the area and Daniels – who was lucky to still be on the pitch after escaping a second yellow card for a cynical foul on Ngele earlier – sent his spot-kick into the right-hand corner to put United ahead.

But just a minute later Ngele latched onto a Rodgers lay-off and fired a superb volley into the bottom-right corner, giving Williams no chance as he levelled the scores at 2-2.

Stars were given the chance to go 3-2 up right at the end of the first half of extra time when Mahlatsi Makububela's cross hit Thabo Moloi's arm. Rodgers stepped up but Williams dived to his left to keep out the penalty and then showed brilliant reflexes to save Rodgers' rebound effort with his legs. 2-2 it remained…

And then came a moment of magic from Phala, who cut in from the right onto his left foot, beating two defenders before curling a shot with the outside of his right foot into the far corner.

SuperSport held on to be crowned 2014 Telkom Knockout champions and hand coach Gordon Igesund his first cup trophy since his 2000 BP Top 8 win with Orlando Pirates.

HOME: SuperSport United

Coach: Gordon Igesund
Formation: four two three one

AWAY: Platinum Stars

Coach: Allan Freese
Formation: four three three

Livefyre comments on this story...

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-11-29 15:55:12

Well done to SSU. This PS team us crap. They should.not have reached the finals in the first place. Against Chiefs they defended with 10 men and played to take the game to penalties something I'm sure they wanted to do today. Well done GI.

Papa Hloni
posted: 2014-11-29 15:59:04

@SisterP

Nonsense is just your comment.

How can Pizza let a good player like Daniels go & buy a cow like Nthethe? How can he let Wome go & keep a cow like Ramagalela!

MthokozisiNhlaloNcube
posted: 2014-11-29 15:59:05

hard Vuyo you're one of these great armband guys Phinda mzala,Patrick mabedi,Michael Manzini,Tico Tico,great captains not abo Ntshebe Manyisa

mmazongolo12
posted: 2014-11-29 16:00:53

Honestly this was a triller a real final not what we saw last months

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-29 16:01:55

@victo

Morons will always b morons Khosi. Don't stress.

mmazongolo12
posted: 2014-11-29 16:03:18

Ngele and ngambi players for big occasions I think pitso saw ngele very well cos he will relegate him to the stands

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-29 16:03:41

@zongolo

K! Moron. Which club do u support imbecile ? U very disgruntled .

NGIYISANDAWANA
posted: 2014-11-29 16:05:52

Big 3/ big guns ma foot!! Ds today's clash reminded me of y I fell in love with South African soccer... M sure Nkatha n d Bacela's gt a busy day today taking notes on how to convert clear chances n a good attacking football...

#phela angt ngiyiSandawana#

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-29 16:06:06

Hard luck to Penalty stars

chokocha
posted: 2014-11-29 16:07:39

Why can't they compare to soweto derby, is there any reason for that?¡

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-29 16:08:27

@msunwana

Why r u so angry moron? How many finals has Ndunundunu played this season?

NGIYISANDAWANA
posted: 2014-11-29 16:08:39

Wow so since when u forsee d future chap, Ds hatred u have with d 6 times Champs is not good for ur health boss

Siwelele Brigadier
posted: 2014-11-29 16:09:44

Bakae balakaletsi ba ma- chiefs?

Papa Hloni
posted: 2014-11-29 16:11:29

@Siwele Brigader

Uso tsubile zolo gape? Phela lona ko bloem, le tshuba matekwane fela,gaona cigarettes ko!

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-11-29 16:13:23

I hope and wished ssu take this one, and guess what happened, ssu won, useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo. Useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-11-29 16:14:46

They call it a kaalmoes!!!! Hahahah, useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-11-29 16:17:55

I'm talking abt the first one the referee denied maan, useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

mehlwmamba
posted: 2014-11-29 16:18:04

GI you have always been a good coach critics will always be there to point out minor things like they did in Bafana for not selecting their cows. they must be asking themselves why did their teams not employ you since their current coaches are playing tshatsharag

NGIYISANDAWANA
posted: 2014-11-29 16:19:24

Is dt a trick question @Ntswelaboya or u were busy serving ur sentences by time Sundowns were playing???

Papa Hloni
posted: 2014-11-29 16:19:53

@shlalo wezihlalo

Hahaha "Kaalmoes" hahahaha

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