Supersport United FC got back to their winning ways as they took the field in the Tshwane derby against the Universtity of Pretoria FC on Saturday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium. The match ended 2-0 sending Matsatsantsa into the top eight as they leap-froged AmaTuks to the 8th position with 30 points.
The game kicked off with a rather un-entertaining first half of attrition, as the proceedings gnawed away at the first 45 min. It was played at a pedestrian pace, and was only punctuated by two headers from a free kick for Supersport United FC. Most notably was Mo Diouf’s header where he beat the defence, beat Arubi, but not the crossbar as the ball narrowly went wide.
The second half was a certainly more promising as Bradley Grobler who came on for Kingston Nkatha was first denied a goal after being judged offside. But he managed to redeem himself after a handful of minutes when he opened the scoring after Grant Kekana gifted him a sitter when he failed to control a ball floated in from a free kick to hit the back of the net in the 75th.
Grobler got his second from a cross by Phala who left two AmaTuks defenders for dead with a side step and placed a cross to the near post, which Grobler finished off with class to secure the game at 2-0 for Igesund’s men.
Rowan Williams was given a man of the match award after he made several crucial saves to keep Matsatsantsa in game, particularly with two one-on-one stops against Thabo Mosadi.
The winning coach Gordon Igesund lamented the referring in the last few matches, saying the referees determine the outcomes of the games, and that can’t go on. “The goal by Grobler was a reverse pass, you could see that it was not offside” said Igesund.
Supersport United FC will take on Orlando Pirate FC at the Peter Mokaba stadium on Human Rights day in the Nedbank Last 16 clash. While University of Pretoria will need all the help they can get to recover quickly as they plan to go into the “clash of the academics” against Bidvest Wits in their Nedbank Last 16 fixture in four days time.