United beat Arrows to reach TKO semis

SuperSport United defeated Lamontville Golden Arrows 3-1 and booked themselves a spot in the Telkom Knockout Cup semifinals on Saturday night at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Goals by Kingston Nkhatha and a brace by Jeremy Brockie were enough to hand the Tshwane giants the victory.

The hosts, under pressure from their midweek League defeat at the hands of Abafana Bes’thende, had to fight and get a victory with the intention of getting through to defend their trophy.

The hosts took the match to the visitors when defender Thato Mokeke delivered a cross but failed to create something tangible for Gordon Igesund’s men, however, in the 19th minute, the goal scorer Nkhatha took a shot and he saw his effort going wide.

With the match failing to produce good scoring opportunities, it was the former Kaizer Chiefs forward who managed to break the deadlock when he unleashed a powerful shot in the 32nd minute to beat goalkeeper Maxmilian Mbaeva just after the half-hour mark when he was unmarked to power his shot to the back of the net.

The Zimbabwean first allowed Thuso Phala's right-wing cross to bounce before finishing low hard into the bottom-left corner beating Mbaeva thus allowing the hosts to go to the tunnel with a slender lead.

United went to the interval having the upper hand as they were enjoying the 1-0 lead, however, in the other half, the visitors pushed to find an equaliser but it was the hosts defence manned by the likes of Bongani Khumalo and Michael Boxall, couldn’t crack as they curbed Mabhuti Khenyeza and Andile Fikizolo’s attack.

However, in the 62nd minute, Namibian-born forward, Deon Hotto delivered a beautiful cross from a corner but United were ready to make a clear save.

United were awarded a penalty when Mbaeva fouled Brockie, and Brockie took a penalty in the 85th minute and made it 2-0 after a powerful shot to beat the keeper thus making it sure that the defending champions are through to the semifinals of the TKO Cup.

Howewer, the third goal came through when the goalkeeper handed Brockie a wonderful gift as he tried to clear the ball, however, it went straight to the New Zealand international and he finished simply with a pass to the net.

As both sides failed to create clear cut chances, Katjiukua found United asleep at the back and he managed to pull one for the visitors as he finished with his right foot in the 89th minute.

Although Serame Letsoaka’s men made all the strides to open up Gordon Igesund’s men in an aim to grab an opener, they were unable to penetrate Amatsantsdantsa’s defence as United booked their pot in the semifinal joining Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and thus waiting for the winner between Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars.

SuperSport United (1) 3 (Nkhatha 32’, Brockie 85’, 86’)

Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Katjiukua 89’)