SuperSport clinch Telkom Knockout title

2014-11-29 18:40

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SuperSport United knocked Platinum Stars off their championship perch when they were crowned Telkom Knockout champions after an enthralling 3-2 victory at the Orlando Stadium today.

Late drama saw Thuso Phala score the winning goal in the 110th minute when the encounter appeared to be heading to a penalty shoot-out.

It has taken coach Gordon Igesund less than three months to guide United to silverware since taking over from Cavin Johnson.

Dikwena and coach Allan Freese meanwhile were unable to defend the title they clinched last season.

For their effort Matsatsantsa cashed in a R4.25 million cheque for winning the title.

One of the more captivating finals in recent memory, both teams put on a master-class show worthy of a standing ovation. The final showdown had three penalties awarded in the two hours of play after the match went into extra-time.

The teams came out guns blazing with Clayton Daniels scoring two penalties for United while Robert Ngambi and Mogakolodi Ngele scored for Stars.

The Tshwane-based club (United) were making a return to the stadium where they won their last championship, in 2012 when they beat city rivals Mamelodi Sundowns to win the Nedbank Cup.

A lively and exciting encounter ensued in the heart of Soweto, with both offence-minded teams looking for goals.

After 90 minutes of regulation time, the teams were even at one apiece as the match was sent into extra-time.

Extra-time produced three goals as defences opened up and both sets of players went for the kill after weighing each other up.

Phala wiggled his way into the box and earned United a spot kick which was converted by Daniels in the 103th minute.

But United’s joy was short lived as Ngele responded seconds later with a strike on the edge of the box.

With his teammate having converted the penalty, Phala scored the winning goal when he sliced his way into a retreating defence and unleashed a curling strike with the side of his right foot in the 110th minute to send the Matsatsantsa faithful into raptures.

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