MATCH CENTRE

TUE 11 AUGUST 2015, 19:30, PETER MOKABA STADIUM

1
VS
0

SuperSport survive the night to beat Pirates

by Staff Reporter

Wed August 12, 13:06

SuperSport successfully navigated through a lengthy break in play to register a 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates in their Absa Premiership opener at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The game was originally scheduled to finish on Tuesday evening, but floodlight failure caused the match to be postponed to Wednesday midday.

Michael Boxall's first half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides over two days, with Ronwen Williams forced into a string of late saves to deny the visitors a point.

Still on a high following their positive result in the CAF Confederation Cup on the weekend, Pirates controlled the opening exchanges with SuperSport struggling to get a foot on the ball.

Having received his work permit in the lead up to the game, Eric Tinkler started with Tendai Ndoro in attack and the striker had an early chance to open his Pirates account with four minutes on the clock.

Good work by Thabo Rakhale and Menzi Masuku opened up space for Ndoro, who sent his first-time effort well wide of Williams’ goal.

Boxall forced Brighton Mhlongo into a great save with in the 19th minute, but the Pirates goalkeeper could do nothing to deny the New Zealand international his goal on debut three minutes later.

The SuperSport right-back lost his marker before meeting David Mathebula's precise free-kick on the volley to open the scoring.

Pirates continued to dominate possession, but were unable to convert their dominance into chances, with Ronwen Williams untested in the first stanza.

The visitors were fired up at the resumption on play on Wednesday, with Tinkler encouraging his troops to surge up field as SuperSport sat back in an attempt to hold onto their narrow lead.

The Sea Robbers had chance after chance to level matters in the dying exchanges with Masuku, Sifiso Myeni, Kermit Erasmus and Happy Jele causing anxious moments for the SuperSport faithful.

Former SuperSport striker Erasmus had the best chance to square things up in second-half stoppage time, but former teammate Williams was up to the task as Matsatsantsa successfully held on to record a famous win.

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Boxall 22')

Orlando Pirates 0

SuperSport United: Williams, Boxall, B.Khumalo, Farmer, S.Khumalo, Mkhabela, Mathebula (Morton 38'), Phala, Cernak (Mpeta 82'), Wome, Brockie

Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo (Ovono 62'), Nyauza, Jele, Sangweni, Phungwayo, Sarr, Manyisa, Myeni, Rakhale (Majoro 62'), Masuku, Ndoro (Erasmus 56')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH PETER MOKABA STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
5. Michael Boxall (22')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
63'
16
Defender
29
Defender
4
Defender
22'
5
34
Defender
3
3
Midfielder
38'
24
21
Midfielder
73'
16
Midfielder
69'
18
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
90 + 4'
20
28
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
63'
25
Forward/Striker
84'
11
Forward/Striker
26
Forward/Striker
56'
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Michael Morton
Midfielder
38'
18
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
63'
45
Luvolwethu Mpeta
Defender
82'
27
Felipe Ovono
Goalkeeper
63'
42
CARDS
Dove Wome
Midfielder
73'
16
Issa Sarr
Midfielder
69'
18
Jeremy Brockie
Forward/Striker
84'
11
Oupa Manyisa
Midfielder
90 + 4'
20
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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