SuperSport claim Tshwane derby spoils

Premiership

SuperSport United claimed a 2-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in a Tshwane derby at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday evening.

Kennedy Mweene returned to the line-up for Sundowns, with Denis Onyango missing out through injury while Gaston Sirino missed out through injury.

In the 15th minute, Sundowns had their first shot on target. Themba Zwane played the ball in to the box as Matsatsantsa defender Grant Kekana intercepted and the ball fell kindly to Downs striker Emiliano Tade, who tried to chip the keeper but the effort went straight at Ronwen Williams, who made a comfortable save.

Soon after, Supersport went down the other end and had their first attempt on goal when Aubrey Modiba did well to get in to the box but shot straight at Dennis Onyango.

Pitso Mosimane's side were punished for their wastefulness when the visitors took the lead against the run of play from a corner on the half-hour mark. Modiba whipped the ball in and Kekana peeled off Tiyani Mabunda at the back post and powered a header towards goal that went in off the upright, leaving Onyango with no chance.

Masandawana had a chance in the 43rd minute to level matters but Tade could only hit the side netting from a tight angle as Mosimane's side went in to the break trailing at 1-0.

On the hour mark, Bradley Grobler was played in behind the Sundowns defence down the right-hand side and struck an effort sweetly at goal from a tight angle, which Onyango had to dive down smartly to his right to save.

Mosimane brought the ineffective Tade off and replaced him with Jeremy Brockie in the hope of finding more penetration up front. The 2016 CAF Champions League winners looked like they were feeling the effects of their gruelling trip to Egypt on the weekend.

Matsatsantsa had done brilliantly all game to deny their opponents many clear-cut scoring opportunities. And with ten minutes to go, they doubled the lead and ultimately put the result beyond doubt.

With Sundowns failing to clear their lines, the ball was swung back in to the box by Jamie Webber to Grobler, who controlled and played in substitute Gamphani Lungu, with the Zambian side-footing the ball in to the top left-hand corner to seal the three points.

Teams:

Sundowns: Mweene, Langerman, Nascimento, Arendse, Ngcongca, Mabunda, Kekana, Lakay,  Zwane, Mahlambi, Tade.

Subs: Pieterse, Vilakazi, Jali, Coetzee, Lebusa, Madisha, Brockie.

SuperSport: Williams, Nhlapo, Kekana, Daniels, Bhasera, Furman, Mokoena, Modiba, Lebese, Macuphu, Grobler.

Subs: Arubi, Lungu, Webber, Khumalo, Mnyamane, Letsholonyane, Keen.

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