CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI AT LU­CAS MORIPE STA­DIUM ti­mothy@city­press.co.za A goal has never been more cel­e­brated in the me­dia than the one Dové Womé scored here yes­ter­day.

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


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