The Students teach titleholder SuperSport a lesson

2010-08-30 00:00

IT WAS an opening weekend of goals and drama in the Absa Premiership, as Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns started with wins while SuperSport United crashed heavily at the hands of Wits on Saturday.

Wits handed defending champions SuperSport United a 3-0 beating on Saturday afternoon, with the Clever Boys running riot in the second half after Matsatsantsa had a man sent off.

Brad Phillips and Ryan Chapman scored on debut for Wits, while Thando Mngomeni converted a penalty to see Roger de Sa’s team pick up an emphatic victory that sent them to the top of the league standings on goal difference.

In general, though, both teams struggled to find a rhythm and there was little in the way of quality attacking football.

The second half appeared to be taking shape much as the first did, until a game-changing incident in the 55th minute saw United reduced to ten men.

Brent Carelse was upended in the Wits penalty area and appealed for a spot kick, only for referee Lwandile Mfiki to ignore him. The midfielder reacted angrily and showed vociferous dissent toward the official, who had no choice but to show a straight red card.

It took Wits just ten minutes to capitalise on their numerical advantage. A clever free kick routine found Phillips completely unmarked in the penalty area and he beat Brown at his near post with a low, left-footed drive.

The Clever Boys doubled their advantage in the 86th minute from the penalty spot. Ricardo Katza hauled down Sifiso Vilakazi to give away the spot kick and substitute Thando Mngomeni coolly converted.

The home team wrapped up the game in style four minutes into added time when Ryan Chapman got ahead of David Kannemeyer to control a ball in the box and poke it past the helpless Brown.

Goals from Valery Nahayo and Siphiwe Tshabalala secured Kaizer Chiefs a 2-0 win over Golden Arrows at the Rand Stadium on Saturday evening.

The victory was the Amakhosi’s first win in an opening league game in three seasons and bodes well as they seek to mount a creditable title challenge to triple champions SuperSport United and the likes of Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Despite dominating possession, the Soweto giants had to wait until the 50th to finally find the back of the net. Defender Valery Nahayo was the unlikely hero, belying his reputation as a hard-as-nails centre-back to lose his marker in the penalty area and beat Da Rocha at his near post with an impish flick.

Midway through the second half, Chiefs were awarded a controversial penalty after Zwane tackled substitute Sthembiso Ngcobo in the 18-yard area. The Arrows defender appeared to win the ball cleanly, but referee Abdul Ebrahim pointed to the spot.

Bafana Bafana midfielder Tshabalala duly converted the penalty to make it 2-0 in the 68th minute and effectively end the game as a contest.

Two well-taken second half goals from Nyasha Mushekwi, who made his debut in Mamelodi Sundowns’ colours, steered the Brazilians to a 2-0 win against Moroka Swallows at the Super Stadium on Saturday night.

Sundowns had a legitimate claim for a penalty in the 51st minute when defender Ashraf Hendricks brought down Surprise Moriri, but referee Harry Lekhilane turned away vehement appeals from a few Brazilian players.

Mushekwi came on for the ineffective Franklin Cale in the second half, besting Mathibe with clinical strikes.

The Zimbabwean rose majestically to head Pattison’s corner in the 74th minute and then he followed that up with a thunderous strike from a tight angle in the 86th minute after yet another assist from Pattison.

ABSA PREMIERSHIP RESULTS

Yesterday

Amazulu 3 — Maritzburg United 2

Black Aces 2 — Platimun Stars 3

Saturday

Kaizer Chiefs 2 — 0 Golden Arrows

Mamelodi Sundowns 2 — 0 Moroka Swallows

Bidvest Wits 3 — 0 SuperSport United

Free State Stars 0 — 0 Santos

Friday

Ajax Cape Town 2 — 0 Bloem Celtic

Vasco Da Gama 1 — 2 Orlando Pirates

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