Grobler reaches milestone as SuperSport thump TS Galaxy

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Bradley Grobler. (PA/TeamTalk Media)
Bradley Grobler. (PA/TeamTalk Media)

SuperSport United were emphatic 3-0 winners over TS Galaxy at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday as Bradley Grobler became the club's joint all-time leading goalscorer.

Striker Thamsanqa Gabuza netted twice in the opening five minutes of the match to leave the home side stunned, before Grobler made sure of the result 10 minutes from time.

Grobler's goal was his 57th for the club, putting him level with all-time leading SuperSport United goalscorer, the late Abram "Fire" Raselemane.

The victory sees SuperSport move just two points behind second-placed Swallows in the DStv Premiership standings, while struggling Galaxy remain rooted in 12th place having earned just one point from their last five matches.

Any hopes TS Galaxy might have had of easing their way into the match and feeling out their opponents were quickly erased when they found themselves on the receiving end of two goals with barely five minutes gone on the clock.

The first goal came when an unmarked Gabuza latched onto a pinpoint cross from Siyabonga Nhlapo and headed the ball home.

And TS Galaxy barely had time to collect their thoughts before the 33-year-old striker was in again, finding himself with time and space to fire the ball into the back of the net from close range.

SuperSport didn't let up after their blistering start either, and if Gabuza tormenting them wasn't enough, they now had to contend with Grobler causing problems in and around the box.

At the other end, Mxolisi Macuphu had a chance to fire at goal, though his shot was lofted over the crossbar, before Mbulelo Wambi finally forced the first save out of Ronwen Williams.

Shortly before half-time, Wambi was in the spotlight again as Galaxy's best chance of the match fell to the midfielder after some great work in the build-up, but he couldn't find the target and the opportunity went begging.

Moments later, Gabuza had a chance to score a hat-trick and put the game to bed but was inches short of connecting with an inviting cross.

Galaxy coach Zipho Dlangalala brought on Wayde Lekay for Mwambi at half-time, but the first chance of the second period fell to SuperSport's Teboho Mokoena, who fired a powerful shot on target that was well saved by Wensten van der Linde.

Galaxy weren't doing much to threaten the SuperSport goal, although there were half-chances for Mlungisi Mbunjana and Mokete Mogaila, with the latter combining well with Lekay before firing wide just after the hour mark.

With 11 minutes to go, however, the game was well and truly put to bed when Grobler produced a composed finish from a set-piece move to find the back of the net and put his name in the SuperSport history books.

Galaxy did have a chance to score a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the match when Bongani Khumalo was judged to have handled in the area, but Williams pulled off a superb save in goal to deny Bevan Fransman's penalty effort.

- TEAMtalk media

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