That’s not to say it was a beauty of a goal – but it came as a welcome relief, not only to the SuperSport United bench and the club’s supporters, but also to the scribes – who had feared extra time and penalties were looming after an excruciatingly boring game.
Time was at last running out when, seemingly out of nowhere, Womé scored from a defencesplitting pass by David Mathebula.
The 81st-minute goal pushed United through to the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout tournament.
It was not an easy win for Gordon Igesund’s men. They had to dig deep for the victory and, in the process, avenge the 3-2 league defeat they had suffered at the hands of Stars earlier in the season.
So it has been a good start for Igesund, who has now won three out of three matches since joining United last month.
Throughout the game, both sides lacked any killer instincts in front of the goals and the few supporters who turned up would be justified for feeling cheated.
After a tepid first half, the only question going into the break was where any goals would come from. It had been a dull 45 minutes – supporters who decided to stay home didn’t miss a thing.
Stars deployed five defenders in a bid to stifle United’s attack and the strategy worked, leaving the home side frustrated.
Things got even worse in the second half. Even goal attempts dried up – until Womé pounced.
United started on the aggressive side with Igesund going with two strikers in Dino Ndlovu and Bradley Grobler – who was later replaced by Mathebula before the interval.
Igesund’s Stars counterpart, Tom Saintfiet, opted for a lone striker in Andréa Fileccia.
Only in the game’s dying minutes, as Stars pushed for an equaliser, did the game come to life. But United hung on for the victory.
Pity there had to be a winner – neither side deserved to go through.
Other Telkom Knockout results:
Bidvest Wits 3, Moroka Swallows 0
Platinum Stars 1, Chippa United 0