MATCH CENTRE

WED 17 JANUARY 2018, 19:30, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

0
VS
1

Aubrey Modiba takes SuperSport to victory

by Graeme Jackson

Wed January 17, 21:25

An Aubrey Modiba goal 12 minutes from the end of regulation time saw SuperSport United defeat Maritzburg United 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday night.

The result saw Matsatsantsa break an eight-game winless streak in the league and move up one place to 11th, while the Team of Choice remain in seventh and missed out on the chance to break into the top three.

SuperSport started the stronger of the two teams and had several corner kicks early in the game. One such instance in the sixth minute almost saw Thabo Mnyamane score direct from the set piece, only for goalkeeper Richard Ofori to tip the ball over his own crossbar.

Maritzburg generally struggled to create scoring chances through the first half, though on 29 minutes they found some space in the final third when Deolin Mekoa controlled a cross from the right, cut inside and looked for a curler into the top corner, only to see the ball fly over the target.

Yet the best chance of the first half went the way of the visitors in the 45th minute, with a counter attack putting Aubrey Modiba in a great attacking position. However, the midfielder dragged a left-footed shot wide of the far post, when a simple pass across the box would have given striker Kingston Nkhatha a tap-in.

The Team of Choice created the first scoring chance of the second stanza when a counter attack gave Evans Rusike a sight of goal in the 60th minute, but his low shot was superbly blocked by back-tracking substitute Sipho Mbule.

On 73 minutes Modiba threatened again for the Tshwane team, cutting inside from the left of the penalty area before firing off a shot, but his effort went straight into the safe hands of Ofori.

But the Matsatsantsa midfielder wouldn’t be denied for a third time, finally breaking the deadlock in the 78th minute. A Thuso Phala cross was flicked on by Nkhatha and Modiba controlled the ball before stabbing a shot home to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Maritzburg threw men forward in the dying minutes in an effort to get back into the game, but SuperSport’s resilient defence held firm to secure a much-needed victory.

Maritzburg United 0

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Modiba 78’)

Maritzburg: Ofori, Sanoka, Fransman, Xulu, Ndlovu, Maboe, Makaringe, Mekoa (Atouba 84’), Shandu (Fileccia 84’), Mokate (Matima 72’), Rusike

SuperSport: Pieterse, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Boateng, Phala, Letsholonyane, Furman, Modiba, Mnyamane (Mbule 55’), Nkhatha (Egwuekwe 87’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS
16. Aubrey Modiba (78')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
31
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
16
Defender
78'
16
Defender
62'
32
Defender
90 + 3'
20
Defender
25
Defender
20
Midfielder
84'
26
Defender
13'
29
Midfielder
84'
28
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
37'
8
Midfielder
15
6
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
87'
10
Forward/Striker
72'
22
Forward/Striker
55'
23
SUBSTITUTIONS
Motsie Matima
Midfielder
72'
0
Sipho Mbule
Midfielder
55'
24
Atouba Yazid
Forward/Striker
84'
10
Azubuike Egwuekwe
Defender
87'
0
Andrea Fileccia
Forward/Striker
84'
9
CARDS
Pogiso Sanoka
Defender
62'
32
Morgan Gould
Defender
13'
29
Dean Furman
Midfielder
37'
8
Clayton Daniels
Defender
90 + 3'
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
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