SuperSport clinch first win in 2018


The visitors started life without Jeremy Brockie for the first time, and they missed the opportunity to go ahead as early as the first minute after Thuso Phala failed to direct Thabo Mnyamane’s cross to goal.

The MTN8 champions continued to apply the early pressure by forcing the home side to defend deep in their own half with a string of corner kicks in the opening 10 minutes.

After sustaining the earlier onslaught, Maritzburg gradually grew into the game and Mohau Mokate got their first shot on goal after the 20th minute following good work by Evans Rusike.

Rusike then put Deolin Mekoa on goal after combining with Mokate and Bandile Shandu, but the left-footer couldn’t force Reyaad Pieterse to a save by going over the bar.

A minute before the break, Aubrey Modiba came within a whisker from putting Matsatsantsa in front, after Phala played him through on goal.

The second half started the way the first spell ended for the visitors, who continued their pursuit for the game’s opening goal, but it continued to evade them.

The home side broke free on the counter-attack with the pace of Rusike, but Mokate’s final shot inside the box was blocked by Clayton Daniels after 60 minutes.

Fadlu Davids' charges put on a delightful spell as the game drew to its final quarter, going with full speed at an under siege SuperSport defence that held their ground to everything thrown at them.

Modiba came close to scoring once again, but after beating two defenders he shot straight at Pieterse in the 72nd minute.

The former Cape Town City man finally got on the score-sheet with a close-range tap-in following Kingston Nkhatha’s flick seven minutes later.

With five minutes till full time, Fortune Makaringe failed to profit from agolden opportunity in front of goal after he wrongfully side-footed the ball which hit the advertising boards in the end.

The victory could well spark Eric Tinkler’s side to climb further up the table, while the Team of Choice are brought down to earth following their bright start to the new year.