Azubike Egwuekwe of Supersport United
Saturday Dec 09, 2017. 17:51
A late equaliser through Azubike Egwuekwe saw SuperSport United draw 1-1 against Cape Town City in their Absa Premiership tie on Saturday afternoon at Mbombela Stadium.
In the wake of the draw, the hosts now occupy the 11th spot with 15 points on the log standings.
Meanwhile, Aubrey Ngoma made his return when he scored for the visiting side on the stroke of half time as they grabbed a point.
With both Both sides starting on a low note, the first 10 minutes failed to produce clear cut scoring opportunities.
However, it was Jeremy Brockie who missed a glorious opportunity in the 12th minute after a great pass from Thuso Phala, as the striker failed to connect with the ball.
The 22nd minute saw the Cape Town outfit pushing forward and Mpho Matsi tried a long arrange effort, but failed to trouble goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse as it went wide.
McCarthy’s men had their best chance in the 30th minute, but Pieterse denied Victor Obinna from close range resulting from Ngoma’s brilliant pass.
However, Ngoma would break the deadlock in the 44th minute when he beat Pieterse with a powerful shot following a beautiful pass from Craig Martins.
It was 1-0 at the interval for the visitors.
Upon their resurgence from the tunnel, the Citizens were on the front foot in search of a second goal, but the Tshwane giants were stable at the back.
In the 66th minute, Sifiso Myeni beat his marker on the right flank and unleashed a low shot to beat Stephens, but the keeper was equal to the task and saved the effort.
Coach Eric Tinkler’s men put more pressure on the visitors and Bradley Grobler came close in the 77th minute with a clever header which went wide of Stephens’ left upright.
Deep in the injury time, Egwuekwe found the back of the net for the hosts as he headed home from a great cross from Aubrey Modiba.
Despite United’s push for a winner, both sides were not clinical as they created chances in the injury time and they settled for a point apiece.
Resulting from this draw, coach Benni McCarthy's troops are now placed at number five on the log table with 18 points and have failed to win in five league matches.
SuperSport United (0) 1 (Egwuekwe 90+5’)
Cape Town City (1) (Ngoma 44’)
SuperSport United: Pieterse, Nhlapo, Egwekwe, Daniels, Boateng, Furman, Mokoena (Modiba 69’), Phala, Myeni (Mbule 78’), Brockie (Letsholonyane 55’), Grobler
Cape Town City: Stephens, Mkhize, Johannes, Fielies, Seedat, Matsi, Nodada, Ngoma (Lakay 70’), Masina, Martin (Gumede 80’), Obinna (Putsche 57’)