SuperSport defeat Aces at home

New Zealand international Jeremy Brockie scored on debut for SuperSport United as they defeated Black Aces 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The All Whites striker’s early goal was enough to separate the teams, with Matsatsantsa recording their first win of 2015 after being held to a 2-2 draw by Free State Stars in midweek, while AmaZayoni have now gone five league matches with a win.

Brockie made his first start for United and it took him just 12 minutes to net a debut goal. The Kiwi beat goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane with a right-footed shot after an assist by Morne Nel.

Aces looked for a reply in the remainder of the first half and threatened a goal through the likes of Aubrey Ngoma and Tendai Ndoro, but a well-marshalled SuperSport backline and goalkeeper Ronwen Williams ensured the visitors went into the halftime break 1-0 up.

The home side made a tactical switch at the start of the second half, sending on South African U-20 international Maphosa Modiba in place of Ngoma. The youngster shot just off target in the 56th minute, Aces’ first notable effort of the second stanza.

In the 69th minute Miguel Timm tried his hand with a shot direct from a free kick after Dove Wome had handled the ball, but the former Bidvest Wits midfielder’s effort flashed over the top of the crossbar.

That proved to be the last effort of any significance from AmaZayoni, with United able to hold out and claim all three points. They move to seventh on the log with 24 points, while Aces are 11th on 22 points.

Black Aces 0

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Brockie 12’)

Aces: Mabokgwane, Mampuru, Gumede, Tom, Ngalo, Nale, Nengomasha (Molefe 80’), Khuboni, Timm, Ngoma (Modiba 46’), Ndoro

SuperSport: Williams, Moloi, Daniels, Mkhabela, Khumalo, Phala, Morton (Mokeke 66’), Nel, Wome (Teyise 90+2’), Chapman (Gopane 82’), Brockie