MATCH CENTRE

WED 21 SEPTEMBER 2016, 19:30, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

0
VS
1

Thuso Phala strike sees SuperSport to victory

by BackPageTXT

Wed September 21, 21:30

Thuso Phala scored the only goal of the game to see SuperSport United to a victory over Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening.

It was Matsatsantsa’s first victory of the 2016/17 season, while the Team of Choice tasted defeat for the first time after their promising start to the campaign.

The first half featured plenty of attacking opportunities at both ends of the field, with goalkeepers Virgil Vries and Ronwen Williams having to make several good saves apiece to keep the score line blank.

However, the deadlock was broken just a few minutes before half time when SuperSport scored a classic counter attack goal. Reneilwe Letsholonyane played one of the best passes of the season so far to send Aubrey Madiba through on goal – he in turn unselfishly squared for Thuso Phala to score into an empty goal.

Maritzburg responded by sending on Sheldon van Wyk at the start of the second half, but it was the visitors who had the first good scoring chance after the break as they saw an effort on goal from a corner kick cleared off his own goal line by defender Brian Onyango.

Yet the Team of Choice grew in confidence as the second stanza proceeded, with Van Wyk’s pace and trickery providing a fine attacking outlet, while the hosts also looked dangerous from set pieces thanks to the aerial power of Dennis Weidlich.

Maritzburg were desperately unlucky not to be awarded a penalty late in the game when striker Evans Rusike was tripped in the box by Onismor Bhasera – the referee ignored the Team of Choice’s vociferous appeals and the game ended 1-0 in favour of Matsatsantsa.

Maritzburg United 0
SuperSport United (1) 1 (Phala 43’)

Maritzburg: V. Vries, D. Weidlich, B. Fransman, B. Onyango, P. Sanoka, D. Mekoa, K. Lentjies, T. Mogapi (S. Van Wyk 46’), A. Nale (B. Moon 76’), B. Moyo, E. Rusike

SuperSport: R. Williams, M. Boxall, M. Gould, M. Booysen, O. Bhasera, T. Phala (T. Mnyamane 57’), R. Letsholonyane, D. Furman, A. Modiba, D. Wome (K. Nkhatha 71’), J. Brockie (M. Morton 90+1’)

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS
13. Thuso Phala (43')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 4
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
89'
30
Defender
82'
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
3
Defender
53'
2
Defender
31'
5
Defender
52'
32
Defender
29
Defender
46'
0
Defender
24
Midfielder
76'
11
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
71'
16
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
28'
6
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
43'
57'
13
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sheldon Van Wyk
Midfielder
46'
12
Thabo Mnyamane
Forward/Striker
57'
0
Bryce Moon
Defender
76'
0
Kingston Nkhatha
Forward/Striker
71'
10
Michael Morton
Midfielder
90 + 1'
18
CARDS
Pogiso Sanoka
Defender
52'
32
Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Midfielder
28'
6
Brian Onyango
Defender
53'
2
Michael Boxall
Defender
31'
5
Bevan Fransman
Defender
82'
0
Ronwen Williams
Goalkeeper
89'
30
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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