Cape Town - Thuso Phala's extra-time goal steered SuperSport United to a
1-0 win over Ajax Cape Town in their Telkom Knockout Round of 16 clash at the Lucas
Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
The game had to be stalled for 30 minutes in extra-time due
to extreme conditions, but the match was able to resume with the storm having
Neither side were able to stamp their authority on the match
in the early exchanges in what was a cagey opening half-hour.
Kingston Nkhatha finally conjured the first noteworthy
attempt on goal in the 31st minute. Phala weaved his way into the area before
setting-up the Zimbabwean striker who somehow failed to hit the target with the
goal at his mercy.
The Urban Warriors started to find their rhythm as the half
progressed with Prince Nxumalo unlucky to fall at the vital moment as he aimed
to capitalize on a mistake by Mario Booysen 10 minutes later.
In the end, Rowen Williams made an easy save with Nxumalo's
tame effort rolling harmlessly into the goal-minder's grateful hands.
Williams work in the first stanza wasn't done with the
shot-stopper forced into action on the cusp of half-time to keep out Erick
Chipeta's curling free-kick.
Chances continued to come at premium after the break with
Bradley Grobler's effort to inject some impetus to no avail - the forward
directing two goal attempts in quick succession wide of goal.
With the game deadlocked after 90 minutes, the match
proceeded to 30 minutes of extra-time.
The rain subsequently started to bucket down, but the downpour
finally brought a goal with Phala hammering home via a deflection in the 92nd
The weather, though, went from bad to worse with the referee
deciding to halt the game, but after 30 minutes the two teams reemerged from
the tunnel with the rain having subsided.
Ajax pushed in desperate search of the equaliser, but to no
avail as they crashed out of the Telkom Knockout Cup.
Williams, Farmer, Booysen (Daniels 60'), Gould, Boxall, Furman,
Letsholonyane, Phala, Nkhatha (Grobler 46'), Mnyamane (Morton 90'),
Ajax Cape Town
February; Lebusa, Chipeta, Coetzee, Mabaso, Isaacs, Graham (Mdabuka
78'), Morris, Mzwakali (Mayambela 90'), Mosadi, Nxumalo (Lupeta 87')