Cape Town - Two
second half goals from Bradley Grobler and Denwin Farmer ensured SuperSport
United reached the MTN8 next season as they drew 2-2 in their final Absa
Premiership tie against Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon at
the wake of the draw, Amatsantsantsa A Pitori finished at number eight in the
log table with 40 points and will now participate in the top eight.
the other hand, Sifiso Myeni's thunderbolt and a penalty from Mpho Makola gave
the hosts something to cheer about. They also finished in the top eight.
the match was a curtain raiser for the Nedbank Cup final next weekend, it
started on a high as Dove Wome and Kingston Nkhatha kept Pirates under pressure
as the Togolese international saw his shot saved by Mhlongo, whilst the rebound
was off target from the Zimbabwean.
10 minutes of action, Thabo Rakhale tried to chip goalkeeper Ronwen Williams
for Pirates after a corner was cleared and it fell in the winger's path but his
shot missed the target.
three minutes left in the first half, Thabo Matlaba once again came close to
find an opener when he created space for himself but his thunderbolt went
was 0-0 at the interval and Stuart Baxter's men took the game to their hosts
and Nkhatha failed to lower his attempt and it went over Mhlongo's cross bar.
well worked move by Makola in the 50th minute saw Tendai Ndoro wasting a sweet
chance to make it 1-0 as his rushed shot flew wide off the target.
was called to action when he denied Rakhale from a well drilled shot, but soon
after he failed to save Myeni's stunner into the top corner in the 67th minute:
1-0 to the Sea Robbers.
the 73rd minute, Baxter made changes and introduced Bradley Grobler, who made
an impact four minutes later by converting a cross from Jeremy
A Pitori committed a foul through Thuso Phala when he fouled Matlaba in the box
and they were penalised. Makola finished, making it 2-1 in the 86th minute.
it was not over in the 90th minute when Farmer scored, beating Mhlongo from
close range to make it 2-2.
Tinkler's men finished at the seventh spot with 41 points but will now prepare
to meet the Tshwane giants in the Ke Yona cup final next weekend at Peter
Pirates (0) 2 (Myeni 67', Makola 86'')
United (0) 2 (Grobler 77', Farmer 90'))