Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United challenged by Morgan Gould of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Wednesday Feb 22, 2017. 21:24
Mandla Masango’s first two goals for SuperSport United inspired them to a 4-1 win over Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.
Matsatsantsa trailed 1-0 at half time, but put in a brilliant second-half performance to claim a victory which puts them in third place on the log. The Team of Choice, who opened the scoring through a fine strike by Kurt Lentjies, remain in ninth.
Neither side really took control of the game in the early stages, but Maritzburg claimed the lead on the quarter hour mark through a great strike from Kurt Lentjies.
The Team of Choice midfielder latched onto a poor clearance from SuperSport’s Onismor Bhasera and ripped a great shot from the ‘D’ of the penalty area into the top corner, giving goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse no chance whatsoever.
Matsatsantsa should have been level just two minutes later, with Jeremy Brockie rattling the crossbar with a toe-poke shot, while the rebound fell kindly for Thabo Mnyamane but he was unable to direct an effort on target.
The hosts blew another great chance to equalise on 34 minutes, with Bhasera providing a fine cross from the left which Kingston Nkhatha put wide of the target when it looked easier to score.
SuperSport had to wait until seven minutes into the second half to bring themselves level, with a beautiful passing move around the box ending with Mandla Masango poking the ball home from close range for his first United goal.
And the former Kaizer Chiefs winger’s second arrived less than a minute later, with a cross from the right flank missed by Reneilwe Letsholonyane, only for Masango to arrive late and fire home a low, left-footed shot to make it 2-1 to the hosts.
Just before the hour mark it was 3-1, with a cushioned header from Mnyamane setting up Nkhatha to score with a spectacular, acrobatic volley. The Zimbabwean’s strike was SuperSport’s third goal in the space of seven minutes.
The Tshwane side soon racked up a fourth goal, with Mnyamane’s cross from left cleverly dummied by Nkhatha, allowing Brockie to finish from close range and make it 4-1.
Both teams will return to Absa Premiership action this weekend: SuperSport will be away to Highlands Park on Saturday evening, while Maritzburg will host Free State Stars on Saturday afternoon.
SuperSport United (0) 4 (Masango 52’ 53’, Nkhatha 59’, Brockie 64’)
Maritzburg United (1) 1 (Lentjies 15’)
SuperSport: Pieterse, Boxall, Gould, Daniels, Bhasera, Masango (Lakay 90’), Letsholonyane, Furman, Mnyamane (Phala 78’), Nkhatha (Morton 86’), Brockie
Maritzburg: Vries, Wiedlich (Ndlovu 82’), Fransman, Mngonyama, Shabalala, Maboe (Rusike 69’), Shandu, Moyo, Mekoa, Lentjies (Dlamini 87’), Mokate