Su­perS­port in MTN8 semi’s

United seal their fate with a 1-0 vic­tory over Kaizer Chiefs in the 2017 MTN8

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Su­perS­port United booked their place in the semi­fi­nals of the 2017 MTN8 fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban last night. An early goal from Jeremy Brockie seal­ing the deal for Mat­sat­santsa at the venue where they lifted the Ned­bank Cup ti­tle but a few months ago.

For Steve Kom­phela and com­pany, it was an early blow to a sea­son which they hope will ex­tin­guish the an­guish of the pre­vi­ous cam­paign.

Cape Town City caught the eye with a dev­as­tat­ing coun­ter­at­tack last sea­son, and Eric Tin­kler’s stamp of ap­proval was ev­i­dent within six min­utes of his first com­pet­i­tive game as Mat­sat­santsa head coach.

A move sparked from well within their own half by former Amakhosi man Reneilwe Let­sholonyane, Su­perS­port were de­struc­tive in tran­si­tion and af­ter Bradley Grob­ler played in Brockie the goal-poacher made no mis­take.

The New Zealand in­ter­na­tional skip­ping past Lorenzo Gordinho be­fore fir­ing into the back of the net mak­ing it 1-0 to the vis­i­tors.

Chiefs went in search of an im­me­di­ate re­sponse and dom­i­nated the re­main­der of the half.

First, Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala’s de­flected ef­fort can­noned off the wood­work with 23 min­utes on the clock be­fore Ron­wen Wil­liams show­cased his class to keep out Bernard Parker’s rocket from the edge of the area in the 35th minute.

All their pres­sure in at­tack would pay no div­i­dends, though, with Mat­sat­santsa hold­ing a nar­row 1-0 lead at the break.

Su­perS­port again threat­ened early in the half with Itume­leng Khune lucky to es­cape what was a ner­vous mo­ment for the Bafana Bafana No 1 seven min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val. Erick Mathoho spar­ing his blushes – clearing Bradley Grob­ler’s goal­bound ef­fort off the line af­ter Khune had coughed up possession.

The Glam­our Boys would re­gain their stran­gle­hold on the game soon af­ter, but de­spite relentless pres­sure their ef­forts paid no fruition.

Ber­nad Parker and Hen­drick Ek­stein would find the wood­work and not the net in the 55th and 75th minute, re­spec­tively, with Su­perS­port happy to sit back and ab­sorb wave af­ter wave of at­tack.

In the end, Chiefs were un­lucky not to at least take the game into ex­tra time with Su­perS­port do­ing just about enough to join Bid­vest Wits and Cape Town City in the next round. – Back­page TXT

. Ear­lier in the day, an own goal by de­fender Sibu­siso Mbo­nani in the 38th minute gave Benni McCarthy his first vic­tory as Cape Town City coach as his charges bun­dled Polok­wane City out of the com­pe­ti­tion at the Cape Town Sta­dium.

On Fri­day, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits over­came a scare of go­ing two goals be­hind to the vis­it­ing La­montville Golden Ar­rows be­fore pulling them back.

The home side emerged 4-3 win­ners af­ter a penalty shoot-out fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw at the end of regular time that forced ex­tra time and the spot kick lot­tery.

. The MTN8 semi­fi­nal draw will take place live today af­ter the Mamelodi Sun­downs vs Mar­itzburg United quar­ter­fi­nal match at Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium.

It will be mod­er­ated by the PSL’s Lux­olo Septem­ber as­sisted by Ma­pula Bodibe from the spon­sors and the league’s Pro­fes­sor Ron­nie Schloss. The draw pro­ce­dure:

. One bowl/pot con­tain­ing four balls will be used;

. The semi­fi­nals will be con­tested over two legs – home and away;

. There will be no seed­ing;

. The first club to be drawn will play at home in the first leg;

. The sec­ond club will play against the club drawn first (above), that is, away in the first leg;

. The third club drawn will be at home in the other first leg tie;

. The fourth club drawn will play away against the club drawn third (above), that is, away in the first leg. – Info from psl.com

PHOTO: GALLO IM­AGES

Cole Alexan­der of Su­perS­port United and Tsepo Masilela of Kaizer Chiefs fight for the ball dur­ing last night’s MTN8 quar­ter­fi­nal match NECK AND NECK

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