CHIEFS DOMINATE BUT SUSPERSPORT ADVANCE
Written by: Venal Naidu
Supersport United sneak into the next round of the MTN 8 was with a scrappy 1-0 win against Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
A quick counter attack in the 6th minute saw Jeremy Brockie get on the end of a Bradley Grobler pass and that was the decider in a game that was controlled by the losing team.
After the goal, Kaizer Chiefs took control of the game but they continued to fail in the final third as the Supersport defence, the keeper and the woodwork which was hit 3 times denied Kaizer Chiefs.
Siphiwe Tshabalala, Hendrik Ekstein and Bernard Parker all hit the woodwork and Chiefs Coach Steve Komphela was bemused as to how the ball did not go into the net.
“There’s one Parker (Bernard Parker) touched and where we’re sitting, you could see the ball going in and I’m saying it’s going to hit the side –netting and it didn’t,” said Komphela.
In the second half, there was more Chiefs domination as Supersport sat back and defended throughout the half as they did their best to deny the attacks from the opposition. Chiefs eventually found the back of the net deep into extra time but it was to no avail as the linesman had already flagged for offside.
Coach of Supersport United, Eric Tinkler, knew that with the lack of playing time it was going to be a tough 90 minutes.
“It was a tough 90 minutes, extremely tough. We always knew from the outset that this will be a massive test for us as we have only been back at training for three weeks,” said Tinkler.
Tinkler was impressed with the performance that his boys displayed.
“We defended like lions tonight, the whole squad put in a fantastic shift,” explained Tinkler.
In other MTN 8 results, Cape Town City beat Polokwane City 1-0, Bidvest Wits beat Golden Arrows 5-3 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 after extra time.
*Caption: Goal scorer Jeremy Brockie poses with the ball girls and ball boys after the game.