Phala fires SuperSport past Wits

Thuso Phala © Gallo Images
Thuso Phala © Gallo Images

SuperSport United beat Bidvest Wits 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday night.

The narrow win sees Matsatsantsa remain fifth on the league table, while the Clever Boys slip down to third on the standings

The match got off to a positive start and Wits’ set-piece Daine Klate had a chance to give his side the lead just eight minutes into the game, but he could not hit the back of the net from a free-kick.

The home side took control of the match as it progressed and Klate, who was looking lively against his former side, unleashed a shot from range which sailed over the crossbar in the 23rd minute.

A Good move involving Elias Pelembe and Klate five minutes later saw the latter break the offside trap, but SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams did well to read the move and the ball went out of the pitch.

SuperSport were presented with an opportunity to take the lead from a free-kick in a promising area in the 31st minute, but Thabo Mnyamane failed to score from the set-piece.

The last chance of the first-half fell for Wits forward Mhango, who forced Williams into a fine save just before the halftime break and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, who had a quiet first-half, was called into action seven minutes after the restart and he gathered SuperSport striker Jeremy Brockie’s flicked header with ease.

Matsatsantsa were looking to press the Clever Boys for the opening goal and just before the hour-mark, SuperSport midfielder Teboho Mokoena curled his free-kick wide of the target.

The Tshwane giants did take the lead in the 67th minute when Thuso Phala hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to SuperSport following a mistake in the Clever Boy defence.

Wits winger Phakamani Mahlambi should have restored parity eight minutes later, but the attacker volleyed his effort wide of the target with Williams looking on in the SuperSport goalposts.

It was end-to-end stuff as Brockie was sent through on goal as the visitors broke in the 79th minute, but Josephs came out to produced a magnificent save to deny the SuperSport forward.

In the end, the Matsatsantsa defence which was led by Morgan Gould stood firm and ultimately, SuperSport walked away 1-0 winners.

Wits (0) 0

SuperSport (0) 1 (Phala 67′)

Wits: Josephs, Khumalo, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Frosler, Ntshangase, Monare, Klate (Malajila 76′), Pelembe, Rodgers (Keene 69′), Mhango (Mahlambi 59′).

SuperSport: Williams, Boxall, Daniels, Gould, Bhasera, Furman, Mokoena, Modiba, Phala, Mnyamane (Farmer 88′), Brockie.

This article was sourced from the PSL website.

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