Supersport sail to the TKO final
Goals from Lebogang Manyama and Dove Wome powered SuperSport United into the Telkom Knockout final as they defeated Orlando Pirates 2-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Buccaneers would have been hoping for an emotional victory in what was their first match since the tragic death of Senzo Meyiwa, but Matsatsantsa were in no mood to give any quarter to the hosts.
After a quiet opening to the match, the first scoring chance arrived in the 17th minute when Sifiso Myeni’s through ball gave Tlou Segolela a sight of goal, but the speedy winger sent a side-foot shot wide of the far post.
Four minutes later SuperSport opened the scoring, taking advantage of Pirates’ weakness at set pieces. A corner kick saw Clayton Daniels head onto the crossbar and Lebogang Manyama reacted quickest to the rebound, forcing the ball home from close range.
In the 36th minute the Tshwane side made it 2-0 with a brilliant attacking move that saw Sibusiso Khumalo play a low cross from the left that allowed Dove Wome to slide in and direct the ball into the back of the net.
It should have been 3-0 to United a couple of minutes before the break when David Mathebula turned home a rebound after Brighton Mhlongo could only palm away a fierce shot from Wome, but the midfielder was incorrectly flagged offside.
The Buccaneers almost halved the deficit in first half injury time, with Sifiso Myeni denied by a good low save from Ronwen Williams, and seconds later Khethowakhe Masuku chipped the ball onto the top of the crossbar.
Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic opted for a change at the start of the second half, sending Kermit Erasmus on in place of Masuku, and just over 10 minutes later he made another swap by introducing Daine Klate for Segolela.
Bucs certainly went on the front foot in attack and gave SuperSport some uncomfortable moments, but genuine scoring chances were few and far between for the home side.
In fact, United had the first chance of the second half when Manyama sprung the offside trap in the 74th minute, but he was denied by a brilliant one-on-one save from Mhlongo, keeping Pirates’ hopes alive.
However, there was to be no miracle comeback for the Buccaneers, with SuperSport now set to face either Platinum Stars or Mamelodi Sundowns in the final at the end of the month. The second semifinal will take place in Rustenburg tomorrow afternoon.