SuperSport spoil AmaZulu’s housewarming
SUPERSPORT United spoiled AmaZulu’s housewarming party at Kings Park as they dispatched Usuthu 2-0 in a PSL tussle yesterday.
AmaZulu were looking for a change of fortune at their new home, but it wasn’t to be as Matsatsantsa brushed them aside to cement their spot in the top three of the league standings.
AmaZulu are languishing near the foot of the table in 14th spot with 17 points, while SuperSport are third on the log on 31, just a point behind defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, but 10 adrift of leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
AmaZulu were forced to move to the home of the Sharks due to unplayable pitch conditions at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
They suffered their fifth defeat of the season, though, having also lost to Wits, Chiefs, Chippa United and Sundowns earlier during the campaign.
AmaZulu goalkeeper Niel Boshoff was still in Christmas mode as he gifted the visitors the lead after 25 minutes.
Instead of holding on to the ball, he pushed it into the path of Thamsanqa Gabuza, who laid it on for Matthew Rusike, who showed great composure to get the better of Boshoff.
Gabuza should have doubled the lead a few minutes later after beating the offside trap, but he shot straight at Boshoff, who made a great save.
The ball fell to the feet of Bradley Grobler, who fluffed his lines as he ballooned his attempt over the bar.
Grobler was at his best after halfan-hour, though, when he doubled his team’s lead.
Onismor Bhasera delivered an exquisite cross and the Bafana Bafana striker finished with aplomb by chesting the ball down and using his strength to beat Tapelo Xoki before rattling the back of the net.
Bongi Ntuli threatened after the interval, but Ronwen Williams was at his best to keep him at bay.
Siyethemba Sithebe hit the post on the hour mark, when Williams was well beaten between the sticks, but the framework came to his rescue.
AmaZulua created better scoring chances in the second half, but lacked accuracy in front of goal.
Ntuli missed a glorious chance with his head after he was well spotted by Sibusiso Magaqa, and missed another elementary chance to reduce the deficit when Williams produced a spectacular save.
Lehlohonolo Majoro also hit the post in the final minutes of the game as AmaZulu pushed hard for a goal.
BUTHOLEZWE Ncube and Thamsanqa Gabuza vie for the ball at Kings Park yesterday. |