SuperSport march past Swallows

The game’s other goal was scored by Fikru Lemasse.

It was almost the perfect start for SuperSport as Tebogo Langerman came within inches of finding the game’s opening goal in the first minute. A swift and accurate passing movement allowed Langerman to find some space inside the box, but his 12-yard shot skimmed the wrong side of the upright.

In the 11th minute Dipsy Selolwane came agonising close to opening the scoring when his powerful 20-yard shot sailed inches past the right-hand upright.

Then, finally, in the 17th minute the Matsatsantsa found the goal they deserved. Anthony Laffor showed some great skill to magnificently volley home from 25-yards out for possibly one of the goals of the season, 1-0.

United had the last say in the half when they so nearly found the game’s second goal. Ricardo Katza supplied a pin point cross to find Langerman unmarked inside the box, but his header went over the crossbar when he should have at least hit the target.

The second half continued in the same fashion as United controlled matters on the field of play. Still, the Swallows defence seemed to hold strong as they were stubborn in their resistance.

In the 57th minute, however, the Birds were almost their own worst enemy when Greg Etafia fumbled a routine save from an 18-yard Laffor shot, but he quickly pounced on the loose ball to rectify matters.

Five minutes later, though, and Etafia was at his best making a magnificent save diving full stretch to his right to tip a Glen Salmon shot around the post.

But then only a minute later Etafia caused his team a world of hurt when he dragged down Mario Booysen inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Laffor stepped up and made no mistake to double his side’s lead, 2-0.

After going two goals down the Birds tried to find their way back into the match, but to no avail when Fikru Lemasse sealed matters in the 85th minute with SuperSport’s third goal, finishing from close range, 3-0.