Not great play by Su­perS­port United – but at least they won

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI at BID­VEST WITS ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

This is the kind of re­sponse Gor­don Ige­sund was look­ing for from his play­ers fol­low­ing their shock 4-1 de­feat to Mar­itzburg United mid­week.

Although not a con­vinc­ing dis­play by Su­perS­port United, what mat­ters most is that they booked a place in the semi­fi­nals of the Telkom Knock­out cour­tesy of their vic­tory over Bid­vest Wits.

Un­for­tu­nately for Gavin Hunt, his team has now gone two games with­out a vic­tory, after they went down to Polok­wane City mid­week. But the coach would have been happy with the over­all dis­play, bar the re­sult.

United could not have asked for a bet­ter wel­come when they went ahead inside the open­ing two min­utes through Dové Womé.

But get­ting off to a fly­ing start, Ige­sund’s men failed to kill off the game and al­lowed the hosts back into the contest 10 min­utes later, when Christo­pher Ka­tongo drew level in the 12th minute.

It was not a pretty af­fair as the two teams huffed and puffed, and failed to un­lock each other’s de­fence. But Cup games are never known for pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball.

While Dino Ndlovu kept Wits de­fence busy, us­ing his bulky body to good ef­fect, Hen­rico Botes did the same for the home side, win­ning almost all the aerial bat­tles on the other end of the field.

The game came to life in the sec­ond half as both sides went search­ing for the win­ning goal that would take them to the last four.

Un­for­tu­nately, the vis­i­tors lost Ndlovu to in­jury, but this proved to be the turn­ing point of the game as his re­place­ment, Lebogang Manyama brought the best out of Moeneeb Josephs a few min­utes after com­ing on, after a good coun­ter­at­tack ini­ti­ated by Wome and Thuso Phala.

Manyama did not have to wait too long to reg­is­ter his name on the score sheet after beat­ing an off­side trap and putting the ball past Josephs in the 64th min­utes.

Wits could have taken the lead ear­lier but Ka­tongo failed to get his brace, de­nied by Ron­wen Wil­liams. Then United pun­ished them im­me­di­ately.

No mat­ter how hard Hunt’s men tried to get back into the game, it was not to be.

The vis­i­tors hung on for a place in the last four.

PHOTO: THEMBA MAKOFANEX

BAT­TLE FOR THE BALL Su­pers­port United’s David Mathebula and Bid­Vest Wits’ Maliele Pule in ac­tion

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