SuperSport trumps Black Aces 2-0

By Drum Digital
13 February 2014

SuperSport United eased past visiting Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-0 in a Premiership clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.

Thuso Phala and Bennett Chenene scored either side of half-time as SuperSport United eased past visiting Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-0 in a Premiership clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Wednesday.

Phala opened the scoring with a neat finish in the 28th minute, before Chenene added a second, which sealed the victory and took United back up to third in the league standings.

SuperSport returned to Premiership action following their 2-0 win over Botswana's Gaborone United in a Caf Confederations Cup tie at the same venue over the weekend, while Aces played their first game of the new year, having last appeared late in December.

Matsatsantsa had taken part in five fixtures since Aces' last game and the statistic told, with AmaZayoni looking undercooked in front of goal.

Both sides, nevertheless, had little to show for their early efforts as chances came and went but none challenged either goalkeeper inside the opening 25 minutes.

United enjoyed much of the possession but failed to make their chances count, as the likes of Chenene, Sameehg Doutie and Dino Ndlovu all had opportunities to break the deadlock.

Matsatsantsa piled on the pressure as the clock neared the half-hour mark and on 28 minutes, Phala broke the deadlock and sent the home side into the lead with a well-placed finish.

Doutie broke through the Aces defence after an accurate pass through the middle sent him free on goal, which he was unable to convert, as Aces' Bafana Nhlapo parried the youngster's effort.

Phala picked up the re-bound and was perfectly placed to send the ball into the back of the net unchallenged as United were finally rewarded for their persistence.

The hosts would soon be back for more, with Ndlovu's snap-shot forcing Nhlapo to palm away the former Bafana Bafana strikers powerful attempt.

The second half struggled to get going as both sides looked poor with the ball, while chances came at a premium.

That was until the hour mark, following a superb individual effort from Chenene, who was rewarded for some fine play and bagged United's second.

Doutie spotted Chenene's run to his right on the halfway line and put the veteran through on goal, but still with plenty of work to do.

Chenene made a devastating run toward Aces' goal, as the defence struggled to keep up, allowing the midfielder to round the goalkeeper and slot home emphatically, putting the Pretoria side in the driver's seat.

The hosts were happy to see out the result, keeping the ball to themselves, which proved relatively comfortable in the end, as Aces were brushed aside without troubling the home side.

SuperSport, however, should have added a third a minute from the end, but Phala failed to steer his effort home, after second half replacement Joao de Olivier was man-alone with the goalkeeper, before laying off to an unmarked Phala, who pushed his shot wide when it looked harder to miss.

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