SuperSport beat Chippa to move fourth

SuperSport United sealed a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Chippa United in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Wednesday evening.

William Twala opened the scoring for the Chilli Boys before goals from Bevan Fransman and Bradley Grobler secured all three points for the Tshwane side.

SuperSport were held to a goalless draw in their last encounter, while Chippa suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Golden Arrows.

Matsatsantsa started of the brighter of the two sides, going close within the first five minutes of the match.

SuperSport had a chance to take the lead in eighth minute of the game from a free-kick just outside the area after Sameegh Doutie seemed to be taken out in the air by Brent Carelse.

George Maluleka, though, lost his footing in the process of kicking the ball and as a result it went straight at the wall.

Both sides had brilliant chances to open the scoring within a minute. First William Twala capitalised on some poor defending by Masatsantsa to create a one-on-one situation in the 15th minute of the game, but the midfielder could only manage direct his resulting shot wide of Ronwen Williams’s left hand upright.

A minute later it was the home side’s turn to squander a great chance. Doutie did well to dispossess Keamogetse Wolff before playing a low ball into the feet of Kermit Erasmus, but the striker could only manage direct his shot straight at Daouda Kassally.

Benjani Mwaruwari had yet another opportunity to open the scoring for the Chilly Boys in the 24th minute of the game. The former Manchester City forward wiggled his way through the SuperSport backline but could only manage to hit the ball over the bar from six yards out.

The away side took the lead just after the half hour mark through William Twala. The midfielder made up for his earlier effort by scoring from the penalty spot after Grant Kekana brought down Asavela Mbekile inside the area.

Matsatsantsa pressed forward in search of the equaliser before the break but came out short in their quest; subsequently Chippa went into the break a goal to the good.

Both teams showed intent at the start of the second stanza as they looked to find the back of the net.

Bevan Fransman equalised for the home side in the 55th minute of the game. The defender rose highest in the box and nodded into the back of the net from a Doutie corner-kick.

Matsatsantsa nearly took the lead in the 71st minute of the game through Doutie. The midfielder terrorised the Chippa back four all night long and once again got in behind the defence, but the tricky winger could only manage direct his shot into the hands of the Chippa shot-stopper from close range.

Second half substitute Bradley Grobler gave the home side the lead in the 77th minute of the match. Grobler, who missed a sitter moments earlier, nodded in from a Sibusiso Zuma cross to give the home side the lead going into the final part of the game.

SuperSport held on to secure their seventh win of the campaign, subsequently the Tshwane side move into fourth position on the log.

The loss was Chippa’s sixth on the trot and their 14th overall, and the Chilli Boys remain at the foot of the table.

SuperSport United (0) 2 (Fransman 55’ Grobler 77’)
Chippa United (1) 1 (Twala 31’)

SuperSport United: Williams, Fransman, Nkausu (Nkoana 46’), Erasmus (Grobler 46’[Mdluli 90’]), G. Maluleka, Doutie, Zuma, Mdledle, Ghimah, Gabonamong, Kekana

Chippa United: Kassally, Ntombayithethi, Wolff, Mvalo, Mabizela, Sarr, Ntshingila (Okwuosa 72’), Twala, Mwaruwari (Ngebo 68’), Carelse, Mbekile (Bhengu 78’)