Chiefs down Bay

Chiefs were deserved winners with Siphiwe Tshabalala particularly good on the night.

The home team certainly started the better of the two sides as Chiefs seemed a little slow out of the starting blocks. This was definitely a game the Amakhosi could not afford to lose considering they drew this past weekend against Free State Stars.

United, on the other hand, need a small miracle to avoid relegation considering they are sitting right at the bottom of the Premiership log, five points adrift of Bloemfontein Celtic.

The first decent chance of the game came in the 19th minute and went the way of Umlilo. Maphela Galada tried his luck from just outside the 18-yard box, but his shot sailed wide of the right hand upright.

That attempt on goal seemed to spark Chiefs into life, especially Siphiwe Tshabalala, who was superb for the remainder of the half. The Soweto giants’ Bafana midfielder was extremely lively and gave his side the much needed width that they lacked in their previous game.

Chiefs’ first clear cut opportunity came in the 37th minute when Tshabalala attacked down the left flank and cut infield to produce a great low cross into the 18-yard area to find Abia Nale. Nale, who spooned his six-yard shot high over the crossbar.

Again Nale disappointed a minute before the break when he failed to get his body over the ball and shot high and wide of the target with an empty goal at his mercy.

Chiefs looked a different side in the second half as they pressed forward with confidence.

It was only fair that the game’s opening goal came through Tshabalala. The midfielder put his side ahead in the 70th minute after he worked himself into a good shooting position after beating a couple of players to fire home from 12-yards out, giving the keeper no chance, 1-0.

Chiefs confirmed victory five minutes from time when Kaizer Motaung Jnr headed his side’s second goal after rising above the United defence to meet a Michael Nkambule cross, 2-0.

The win for the Amakhosi was desperately needed, especially with the big Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates looming.