MATCH CENTRE

WED 26 AUGUST 2015, 19:30, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

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Cosmos, SuperSport in goalless draw

by Staff Reporter

Wed August 26, 21:43

Jomo Cosmos played to their third successive goalless draw when they frustrated SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Ezenkosi parked the bus for the full 90, but their night was almost spoiled in the dying embers of the game, with Sherwyn Naicker pulling off a world class save to deny Jeremy Brockie a goal and Matsatsantsa all three points.

SuperSport applied all the early pressure, with the visitors camping in their own half from the onset.

As a result it was up to Matsatsantsa to find a way past the Cosmos wall. Michael Boxall saw his attempt wide before Thuso Phala, still searching for his first goal since taking over the captain’s armband, scuffed a shot from the edge of the area on 12 minutes.

Despite their defensive approach, Cosmos would register the first shot on target through Tebogo Makobela. The attacker guided his header attempt straight into Ronwen Williams’ hands.

SuperSport have caused teams problems from set-pieces this season and were presented a chance to open the scoring after Naicker failed to hold onto Thuso Phala's cross. The ball fell to Isaka Cernak, but the Australian slipped at the point of impact - to the relief of the Cosmos gloves-man.

Kingston Nkhatha squandered a golden chance to open the scoring in the 34th minute - with the goal at his mercy and teammates around him, the Zimbabwean shot wide from close range.

Nkhatha was eager to make up for the miss and went close to redeeming himself on the cusp of halftime, his turn and shot troubling the side netting.

SuperSport continued to dominate possession after the interval, but Cosmos had their chances on the counter with Pentjie Zulu and Makobela shooting wide of Williams’ goal.

In a desperate attempt to break the deadlock, Gordon Igesund introduced Bradley Grobler and Phumelele Bhengu in quick succession.

Go-to guy Brockie almost delivered once again with four minutes of regulation time remaining, but was brilliantly denied by Sherwyn Naicker.

Dean Furman clipped the ball over the Cosmos defensive line before Boxall squared to his New Zealand teammate, who looked sure to score, but somehow Naicker managed to divert the ball over the crossbar from point-blank range.

SuperSport United 0
Jomo Cosmos 0

SuperSport United: Williams, Boxall, B.Khumalo, Daniels, Mpeta, Furman, Phala, Wome, Cernak (Grobler 54'), Nkhatha (Bhengu 75'), Brockie

Jomo Cosmos: Naicker, Jampies, Mthembu, Nsabiyumva, Mngomezulu, Sithole, Monare (B.Sono 88'), Lingwati, Zulu (Mahaabo 82'), Aka (Madonsela 81'), Makobela

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS JOMO COSMOS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP JOMO COSMOS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
89
Defender
73'
20
Defender
61'
25
Defender
27
Defender
5
Defender
82'
33
Midfielder
8
Defender
14
Midfielder
16
Defender
19
28
Defender
54
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
2
Forward/Striker
11
Midfielder
18
Forward/Striker
75'
10
Midfielder
88'
4
Forward/Striker
81'
27
SUBSTITUTIONS
Bradley Grobler
Forward/Striker
54'
7
Nkanyiso Madonsela
Midfielder
81'
26
Phumelele Bhengu
Forward/Striker
75'
9
Paako Mahaabo
Midfielder
82'
24
Bamuza Sono
Goalkeeper
88'
20
CARDS
Clayton Daniels
Defender
73'
20
Cheslyn Jampies
Defender
61'
25
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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