SuperSport breeze past AmaTuks

SuperSport United scored three goals, for the third game in succession, as they swept aside a hapless University of Pretoria outfit 3-0 in an Absa Premiership encounter at Tuks Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The game proved a day to forget for Grant Kekana. The AmaTuks fullback, who spent three years at cross town rivals SuperSport, netted an own goal before conceding a penalty which Clayton Daniels converted.

Dove Wome scored SuperSport's third goal on the day while Vuyisile Ntombiayithethi saw red for the hosts in the 67th minute.

Both teams started with only one recognised striker, Geofrey Massa leading the line for AmaTuks while Dino Ndlovu spearheaded the visitors attack.

Ryan Chapman started on the bench for Matsatsantsa with Bradly Grobler nursing a knee injury that is expected to keep him out of action for five more weeks while there was no Atusaye Nyondo for the hosts.

The first chance of the match fell to the home side in the eighth minute. Thabo Mosadi broke down the left flank before curling a cross into the area, Massa looked sure to stab the ball from close range, but Ronwen Williams did well to smother his attempt.

SuperSport United broke the deadlock through an unfortunate own goal in the 19th minute. Kekana attempted to clear David Mathebula's waist high cross, but could only manage to direct the ball into the back of his own net.

Thuso Phala had a chance to double the visitors lead just before the half-hour mark. The former Platinum Stars winger did well to beat a couple of defenders, but failed to direct his effort past Washington Arubi, who made a good stop at his near post.

Kekana had a chance to redeem himself in the 39th minute, but failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.

Khethukuthula Zwane picked out the AmaTuks right-back with a pin-point corner-kick, but Kekana could only manage in directing his header effort into the ground and over Ronwen Williams crossbar.

Kekana's day went from bad to worse as he conceded a penalty on the cusp of halftime. The AmaTuks defender hacked down Dino Ndlovu inside the area, Daniels duly stepped up and slotted past Arubi.

AmaTuks tried their utmost to get back into the game after the break with Massa forcing Williams into a fine save from a free-kick in the 55th minute.

It was SuperSport though who scored next, Dove Wome prodding home from close range following a great run from Phala. The 65th minute strike was the Togo international's fourth of the season.

AmaTuks were dealt a further blow two minutes later as Vuyisile Ntombiayithethi received his marching orders for a dangerous tackle on Sibusiso Khumalo.

Despite being a man short AmaTuks still looked to push forward, while SuperSport came close to adding to their goal tally through a Khumalo thunderbolt six minutes from time.

The win moves SuperSport up to fifth place on the log while AmaTuks slip down to 14th.

University of Pretoria (0) 0

SuperSport United (2) 3 (Kekana OG 19'. Daniels 45' pen, Wome 65')


University of Pretoria: Arubi; Kekana, Shoyisa, Jaure (Monyai 37'), Nzimande, Mosadi (Mnyamane 74'), Ketjijere, Ntombiayithethi, Ngubane, Zwane (Mukamba 62'), Massa

SuperSport United: Williams; Moloi, Daniels, Teyise, Khumalo, Mathebula (Mokeke 57'), Morton, Wome (Chapman 71'), Phala, Manyama, Ndlovu (Nxumalo 59')