Cape Town - Jomo
Cosmos played to their third successive goalless draw when they frustrated
SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Lucas Moripe Stadium
on Wednesday evening.
parked the bus for the full 90, but their night was almost spoiled in the dying
embers of the game, with Sherwyn Naicker pulling off a world class save to deny
Jeremy Brockie a goal and Matsatsantsa all three points.
applied all the early pressure, with the visitors camping in their own half
from the onset.
a result it was up to Matsatsantsa to find a way past the Cosmos wall. Michael
Boxall saw his attempt wide before Thuso Phala, still searching for his first
goal since taking over the captain’s armband, scuffed a shot from the edge of
the area on 12 minutes.
their defensive approach, Cosmos would register the first shot on target
through Tebogo Makobela. The attacker guided his header attempt straight into
Ronwen Williams’ hands.
have caused teams problems from set-pieces this season and were presented a
chance to open the scoring after Naicker failed to hold onto Thuso Phala's
cross. The ball fell to Isaka Cernak, but the Australian slipped at the point
of impact - to the relief of the Cosmos gloves-man.
Nkhatha squandered a golden chance to open the scoring in the 34th minute -
with the goal at his mercy and teammates around him, the Zimbabwean shot wide
from close range.
was eager to make up for the miss and went close to redeeming himself on the
cusp of half-time, his turn and shot troubling the side netting.
continued to dominate possession after the interval, but Cosmos had their
chances on the counter with Pentjie Zulu and Makobela shooting wide of
a desperate attempt to break the deadlock, Gordon Igesund introduced Bradley
Grobler and Phumelele Bhengu in quick succession.
guy Brockie almost delivered once again with four minutes of regulation time
remaining, but was brilliantly denied by Sherwyn Naicker.
Furman clipped the ball over the Cosmos defensive line before Boxall squared to
his New Zealand team-mate, who looked sure to score, but somehow Naicker managed
to divert the ball over the crossbar from point-blank range.