MATCH CENTRE

WED 22 FEBRUARY 2017, 19:30, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

4
VS
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Masango double inspires SuperSport to big win

by BackPageTXT

Wed February 22, 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

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
24. Mandla Masango (52') 29. Kurt Lentjies (15')
24. Mandla Masango (53')
10. Kingston Nkhatha (59')
11. Jeremy Brockie (64')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
20
Defender
24'
0
Defender
5
Defender
0
Defender
29
Defender
0
Defender
24
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
82'
0
Midfielder
52'
53'
90'
24
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
21'
6
Midfielder
15'
87'
29
Forward/Striker
64'
11
Midfielder
45
Forward/Striker
59'
86'
10
Midfielder
69'
0
Forward/Striker
78'
23
Midfielder
22
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thuso Phala
Midfielder
78'
13
Evans Rusike
Forward/Striker
69'
19
Michael Morton
Midfielder
86'
18
Siphesihle Ndlovu
Midfielder
82'
0
Fagrie Lakay
Forward/Striker
90'
19
Mondli Dlamini
Midfielder
87'
0
CARDS
Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Midfielder
21'
6
Bevan Fransman
Defender
24'
0
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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