SuperSport edge Tuks in derby
Mogogi Gabonamong’s 76th minute strike secured a 1-0 victory for SuperSport United against cross town rivals Amatuks in the Tshwane derby in an Absa Premiership game at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday night.
SuperSport went into the game looking to draw level on points with AmaTuks.
Matsatsantsa coach Gavin Hunt made five changes to the side that beat Moroka Swallows on penalties over the past weekend as his team went in search of only their fourth win in the league.
AmaTuks, on the other hand, went into the game on the back of elimination in the Nedbank Cup at the hands of Maritzburg United.
The AmaTuks side were eager to continue their brilliant form on the road – the University side have gathered points on the road in all but one of their matches.
The game started off slowly with both teams trying to find a way through each other’s defence.
AmaTuks created the first chance of the match through Aubrey Ngoma in the 22nd minute. The dynamic winger burst down the left flank but his shot was comfortably saved by Williams.
Thokozani Sekotlong had a brilliant chance to put his side in the lead five minutes before the break.
Williams had found himself in no man’s land after clearing a ball and was nearly caught out by a quick throw in from Ngoma. Sekotlong though couldn’t manage to lob the stranded Matsatsantsa keeper.
The first half ended goalless with both teams struggling to pierce the opposition’s defensive line.
SuperSport captain on the night Kermit Erasmus came out all guns blazing at the start of the second 45 as he looked to lead his side to victory.
AmaTuks, though, created the first real chance of the second stanza in the 67th minute.
Ngoma managed to shake his defender, but the midfielder couldn’t manage to beat a rushing Williams.
Mogogi Gabonamong opened the scoring for SuperSport in the 76th minute.
Erasmus’s free-kick found the head of Gabonamong and the Botswana midfielder made no mistake, heading in from close range to give his side the lead, 1-0.
Warren Bishop nearly denied SuperSport all three points in the final minute of the game, but the defender’s attempt was saved by Williams.
Matsatsantsa claimed only their fourth victory in the league, subsequently moving above AmaTuks by virtue of goal difference.
SuperSport United (0) 1 (Gabonamong 76’)
AmaTuks (0) 0
SuperSport United: Williams; Erasmus (Hartog 90’), Nkoana (Cale 64’), Doutie, Mdledle, Gyimah, Gabonamong, Kekana (September 19’), Diouf, Grobler, Moloi
AmaTuks: Arubi; Ngubane, Shoyisa, Bishop, Moussono-Moussono, Mkhwanazi, Ketjijere, Selolwane (Lubelo 45’), Sekotlong (Radebe 83’), Ngoma, Mosadi (Ngwenya 61’)