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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...

deleted_21083860_deleted_21083860_SisterP
posted: 2014-11-29 16:23:39

U are becoming more stupid as u comment. Other players play well under less pressure. The next thing u will ask how did chiefs let a good player like phala go

sbu17
posted: 2014-11-29 16:25:37

Both teams deserve it and congra... to SSU and this Ngele guy dnt deserve to play for a talent distroyer Dunusa. Look at Wome this guy is pure class and his teams from Pretoria does not look at him like that

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2014-11-29 16:25:40

@ ntswela,

U need to attend anger management classes......u r damaged. I wonder if you feel good after naming calling. U know u dont have to respond to every comment

hellis commet
posted: 2014-11-29 16:25:50

Did you all see that Clayton Daniels was supposed to walk and SuperSport was given 2 (both legitimat penalties) but if the roles were reversed and Chiefs was in that situation, the outcry from the other fans would have been massive. Talk about inconsistent fans, just an observation.

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2014-11-29 16:26:20

Congradulations to SSU

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-11-29 16:27:32

Guys pls, this is abt ssu vs platinum, this is not abt chiefs or pierates, useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

Motlana
posted: 2014-11-29 16:28:41

I wanna thank all who came to support our beautiful game ND matsatsantsa well done

Mhlonitjhwa
posted: 2014-11-29 16:38:40

Well, you cannot beat the great Amabhakabhaka and then not win the ultimate price. Its a proven fact! Well done Bafana beSwag!

sbu17
posted: 2014-11-29 16:44:12

Mhlonitjwa your statement is contradicting the outcome of this final even thought it wasn't abt Chiefs or Pirates

Mhlonitjhwa
posted: 2014-11-29 16:51:43

Hehehe Sbu, how about you elaborate so i can get your exact point cause up to so far you have'nt said anything that meangful?

Cleverboys
posted: 2014-11-29 16:59:54

well done supersports

Double Action 7
posted: 2014-11-29 17:10:52

This Gordon Igesund is a winner.

Papa Hloni
posted: 2014-11-29 17:12:02

@SisterP

B%tch pls!!...there's always pressure in football,no matter which club a player plays for! A good player will always be a good player(Wome & Daniels),it will only take idiots like pizza not to see that!

Mbhebhisto
posted: 2014-11-29 17:51:21

So its only Khosi and the Sion team that have got the cup. Where are Rats and Dunusa

Glory1180
posted: 2014-11-29 18:02:41

I think Supersport will win the league this season if not then next season. 

Star Washelela1937
posted: 2014-11-29 18:03:46

I never had the chance to watch the game but I happened to listen on the radio. I was concerned about the turnout on such a big game, if it was true that there were plus or minus 5000 spectators including journalists and officials. Hai maan some marketing managers must be fired.

This shows that in South Africa we only have two big clubs i.e. Orlando Pirates followed very closely by Kaizer Chiefs.

Once and always.

Mbhebhisto
posted: 2014-11-29 18:11:15

@star washelela 1937


Rats are not a big club.  They are an old team.  Hence they are called Orlando Pirates Cash and Cary.

deleted_22340795_deleted_22340795_Rolanzo
posted: 2014-11-29 18:12:46

Star Washelela1937 U r drunk my man,Kaizer Chiefs is the biggest club in South Africa

deleted_22340795_deleted_22340795_Rolanzo
posted: 2014-11-29 18:25:00

Treble champ "Superbrand" Bt its true rattie,N'gambi used 2 rape Rodents FC defence all the tym,

Star Washelela1937
posted: 2014-11-29 18:34:29

Yassen19 Why not it's Saturday today. Give us some specifics that Kaizer Chiefs is a biggest club in SA.

Once and always.

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