MATCH CENTRE

SAT 11 MAY 2019, 15:00, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

0
VS
2

Highlands beat SuperSport to end in seventh

by BackPageTXT

Sat May 11, 17:22

Highlands Park have secured a finish in the top half of the Absa Premiership log after they defeated SuperSport United 2-0 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The result saw the Lions of the North end seventh on the log, while Matsatsantsa one position ahead of them – both teams will play in the MTN8 in 2019/20.

United enjoyed early dominance and pushed for the opening goal through the likes of Mxolisi Machupu and Aubrey Modiba.

Yet the Highlands defence stood firm, with goalkeeper Marlon Heugh proving an able final barrier whenever the hosts managed to get past Bevan Fransman and company in the visitors’ backline.

SuperSport also looked threatening from set pieces, with Teboho Mokoena and Aubrey Modiba both shooting just off target from free kicks, but the first half ended with the score still locked at 0-0.

Matsatsantsa made a change at the start of the second half, introducing veteran midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane off the bench to replace youngster Jamie Webber, yet it was Highlands who broke the deadlock, with Peter Shalulile turning home Luckyboy Mokoena’s assist in the 50th minute.

The Lions of the North were dealt a blow just past the midway point of the second half when captain Fransman suffered a game-ending injury and was replaced in defence by Junior Sibande.

United responded to this by sending on attackers Kamohelo Mahlatsi and Thabo Mnyamane in an effort to get back into the contest, but they were unable to assert themselves on the game.

Instead Highlands doubled their lead in the 81st minute, with veteran winger Lindokuhle Mbatha scoring direct from a free kick to make it 2-0 in favour of the away side and securing all three points on the final day of the season.

SuperSport United 0
Highlands Park (0) 2 (Shalulile 50’, Mbatha 81’)

SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Khumalo, Daniels, Bhasera (Mnyamane 74’), Lungu (Mahlatsi 74’), Mokoena, Webber (Letsholonyane 46’), Modiba, Rusike, Machupu

Highlands: Heugh, L. Mokoena, Fransman (Sibande 73’), Mkhabela, Ramoraka, Mbatha, Shongwe (Mbunjana 87’), Williams, Mahlangu, Nyembe (Mogaila 77’), Shalulile

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS HIGHLANDS PARK FC GOALS
38. Peter Shalulile (50')
43. Lindokuhle Mbatha (81')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP HIGHLANDS PARK FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
3
Defender
73'
5
Defender
4
Defender
20
Defender
20
Defender
21
Defender
74'
14
Defender
62'
22
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
74'
0
Midfielder
87'
3
Midfielder
46'
38
Midfielder
81'
43
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
77'
31
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
40
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
50'
38
SUBSTITUTIONS
Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Midfielder
46'
6
Junior Sibande
Defender
73'
33
Kamohelo Mahlatsi
Forward/Striker
74'
0
Mokete Mogaila
Midfielder
77'
0
Thabo Mnyamane
Midfielder
74'
10
Mlungisi Mbunjana
Midfielder
87'
8
CARDS
Ricardo Williams
Defender
62'
22
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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