MATCH CENTRE

SAT 26 AUGUST 2017, 20:15, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

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SuperSport United stutter in Tshwane

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sat August 26, 22:35

SuperSport United failed to use their home advantage when they drew 1-1 against Maritzburg United in their MTN8 first leg, semifinal clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

Two second half strikes from Thuso Phala and Lebohang Maboe ensured the teams will be level ahead of the second leg.

Despite a tough encounter in the opening 20 minutes of the match, both coaches looked to employ a defensive approach.

However, the 33rd minute saw Devon Saal wasting good moves by the visitors in the heart of the park as they continued to keep Eric Tinkler's side under pressure.

However, few minutes later, Maritzburg keeper Bongani Mpandle was called to produce a brilliant save to deny SuperSport striker Bradley Grobler.

Towards the end of the opening half, Phala caused all sorts of troubles for Fadlu Davids' men, yet there are no goals in the opening half.

On the return from the interval, it was the KwaZulu-Natal side pushing for an opener, but their decision making in the final third was not convincing.

In the 53rd minute, Phala opened the scoring after receiving a defence-splitting pass and blasted a powerful shot through Mpandle to hand Tinkler's side a 1-0 lead.

With less than 18 minutes remaining, Williams produced a wonderful save to deny Deolin Mekoa from a long range effort. A well struck shot by the left winger.

The final 10 minutes of the encounter had no clear cut opportunities, but it was the Team of Choice which had an upper hand.

Davids' men continued to pile pressure on their hosts and a wonderful pass reached Maboe in the box, whose effort was too powerful for goalkeeper Williams.

However, with added minutes in the injury time, both sides failed to create chances to secure a winning goal as they shared the spoils.

The teams will meet for the second leg on the ninth of September, as the two Premier Soccer League giants look to secure a spot in the final.

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Phala 53')
Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Maboe 84')

SuperSport United: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Ritchie, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Phala, Modiba (Alexander 72'), Wome, Grobler (Nkhatha 83')

Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Fransman, Xulu, Sanoka, Makaringe, Rusike, Ndlovu, Shandu, Maboe, Saal (Van Wyk 63'), Mekoa

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
SEMI FINAL 1ST LEG LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
13. Thuso Phala (53') 15. Lebohang Maboe (84')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 1
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
72'
16
Defender
16
Defender
70'
20
Defender
32
Defender
20
Defender
25
Defender
13
Midfielder
26
Defender
45 + 1'
29
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
61'
18
6
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
34'
28
Midfielder
84'
15
Midfielder
53'
13
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Cole Alexander
Midfielder
72'
17
Sheldon Van Wyk
Midfielder
61'
12
CARDS
Teboho Mokoena
Midfielder
34'
28
Sheldon Van Wyk
Midfielder
62'
12
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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