Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United during the MTN8 Semi Final Second Leg match between Maritzburg United and Supersport United on the 09 September 2017 at Harry Gwala Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Saturday Aug 11, 2018. 11:00
SuperSport United ended a 13-year wait for their second Top Eight title when they defeated Cape Town City on penalties in the 2017 MTN8 final.
The quarterfinals saw the surprise early exits of heavyweights Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, who were both beaten 1-0 at home by Maritzburg United and SuperSport respectively.
The trend of close games continued in the other last-eight ties, as Cape Town City edged Polokwane City 1-0 and Bidvest Wits needed penalties to get by Golden Arrows in a match which featured four goals and three red cards.
SuperSport overcame Maritzburg in the first semifinal tie, with a 2-0 away win in the return leg (thanks to a brace from Jeremy Brockie) sealing a 3-1 aggregate triumph overall, while City proved too strong for defending champions Wits, winning in both Cape Town and Johannesburg to book their first MTN8 final.
The match at Moses Mabhida Stadium on October 14 ended in a 1-1 draw after United’s Thabo Mnyamane cancelled out Sibusiso Masina’s opener. The post-match shootout saw SuperSport triumph thanks to goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, who saved spot kicks from Lyle Lakay and Judas Moseamedi.
2017 MTN8 Champions: SuperSport United (2nd title)
2017 MTN8 Top Goal Scorer(s): Jeremy Brockie (SuperSport), 3 goals
2017 MTN8 Last Man Standing award: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport)