SuperSport United cemented second spot in the Absa Premiership following a 2-0 victory over Highlands Park on Friday evening.
Jamie Webber returned from suspension and Bradley Grobler recovered from illness to lead the attack alongside the returning Thabo Mnyamane.
The bright start from Matsatsantsa had Highlands on the back foot as the former looked to avenge last season’s 2-0 loss in the corresponding clash.
Within the 19th minute the home side’s persistence toiled on the visitors when Mnyamane finished off from close range after a perfect delivery from Teboho Mokoena.
Highlands had not won a league encounter within a month and to worsen matters, goalkeeper Marlon Heugh had to be removed due to injury and replaced by Thela Ngobeni with 34 minutes played.
The Lions of the North, who still looked to settle the score with United after losing the MTN8 title earlier this campaign, set out strongly in the second half with a powerful shot from Mokeke Mogaila.
For SuperSport, a certain Mnyamane’s evening came to an end inside the 61st minute and was duly replaced by Aubrey Modiba.
The Tshwane side made the game safe in the final 20 minutes when Grobler capped his return with a delightful finish from inside the area after the visitors went to sleep at the back.
A year after parting with the side, Reneilwe Letsholonyane came off the bench and featured against his former side for the first time in the league, with Lindokuhle Mbatha sacrificed on 79 minutes.
In the end, Matsatsantsa claimed victory to go seven points behind league leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who entertain Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday evening.
SuperSport:Williams, Bhasera, Daniels, Kekana, Mahachi, Furman, Mokoena, Nhlapo, Webber, Mnyamane, Grobler
Subs: Pule, Modib, Khumalo, Fleurs, Le Roux, Donn, Mayo.
Highlands: Huegh, Mokoena, Mbhele, Banda, Rae, Mahlangu, Williams, Mbatha, Shalulile, Motsepe, Mogalia.
Subs: Ngobeni, Msimango, Munyai, Letsholonyane, Mzava, Motlafi, Nyembe.