• 18 SEP 2019

SuperSport United will face Highlands Park in the 2019 MTN8 final following a 2-0 (3-1 on aggregate) win over Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgevile on Wednesday evening.

Teboho Mokoena and Jamie Webber found the back of the net for the visitors who will play in their third successive MTN8 final later this year.

Matsatsantsa wasted now time in cancelling out the Brazilians away goal with Mokoena rattling the back of the net in the 12th minute. The ball eventually fell to the midfielder following a mistake by Rivaldo Coetzee and he made now mistake in punishing the hosts; driving a rasping shot past Denis Onyango.

Sundowns best chances in the first half fell at Hlompho Kekana’s feet. The Brazilians’ skipper tested Ronwen Williams with a trademark shot from range in the 26th minute, but the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was up to the task

Kekana tried his luck from range once more in the 40th minute, but this time his shot drifted harmlessly wide of goal.

Mamelodi Sundowns (0)

A contentious moment clouded the end of the first-half after Gaston Sirino struck Dean Furman in the face. The referee, though, only brandished a yellow card with the SuperSport players who witnessed the incident shocked that the Uruguayan wasn’t handed his marching orders.

SuperSport had a golden chance to double their lead eight minutes after the interval, but with the goal at his mercy, Sipho Mbule blasted over the crossbar with Onyango out of the picture.

Matsatsantsa continued to create the better chances and were only denied a second once more by the towering Onyango, who pulled off a superb save to keep out Bradley Grobler’s stinging effort in the 66th minute.

SuperSport finally put the game to bed in the 86th minute in an almost carbon copy of the game’s opener. Thamsanqa Gabuza proving to be the provider once more as his pass found Webber who drilled a low shot into the corner of the net as Sundowns run without a cup final appearance will now extended to over three years.

SuperSport United (1) 2 (Mokoena 12′ Webber 86′)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Ngcongca (Maboe 76′), Arendse, Lebusea, Langerma, Morena, Kekana, Coetzee, Zwane (Mkhulise 84′), Sirino, Meza (Vilakazi 61′).

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, Khumalo, Daniels, Bhasera, Modiba (Mahachi 59′), Mokoena, Furman, Grobler (Lungu 73′), Mbule (Webber 68′), Gabuza.©


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