Chiefs gain on Bucs as United edge toward abyss

2011-04-14 00:00

SUPERSPORT United are at real risk of falling into a vicious relegation battle after they were beaten 2-0 by Kaizer Chiefs at FNB stadium last night.

Goals from Knowledge Musona in the first half and Reneilwe Letsholonyane in the second half saw Amakhosi pick up all three points and back into the title race, only three points behind log leaders Orlando Pirates.

United now find themselves in a relegation dogfight along with a number of clubs, but they have only themselves to blame after yet again failing to make their dominance in the game count.

SuperSport started slowly and fell a goal behind in the 15th minute when Musona found the back of the net after a sharp passing movement by Chiefs.

Letsholonyane won the ball in the midfield and played a swift pass to Siphiwe Tshabalala, who cleverly slipped the ball through to Musona and left him with only the keeper to beat.

The Phefeni Glamour Boy made no mistake from 12 yards out with a clinical finish to score his 12th goal of the league season and give his side the lead.

After that SuperSport found their footing in the game and almost hit back immediately after going behind through Fikru Lemasse.

In the 18th minute Antony Laffor powered his way down the flank and supplied a pinpoint cross to find Lemasse unmarked inside the box. Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune, however, was at hand with a fantastic save diving to his left to palm Lemasse’s header away from danger.

As the half progressed, United’s presence in the game became more pronounced and they certainly ended the first half the stronger of the sides, but still they were unable to penetrate the home side’s defence.

The closest SuperSport came to finding an equaliser came in the 70th minute when Thabo September attacked down the right flank and whipped an inviting cross into the box.

Gabonamong did well to rise between two Chiefs defenders to meet the ball with his head, but his effort went inches wide of the upright.

Two minutes before full-time the result was put beyond doubt when Letsholonyane found Chiefs’ second goal.

A quick counter-attack saw Abia Nale break down the left flank, then passing to find Letsholonyane at the edge of the box.

The Bafana midfielder then let loose with an accurate shot that found the net.

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