Su­perS­port spoil AmaZulu’s house­warm­ing

Pretoria News - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE at Kings Park Sta­dium

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. |

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