Pretoria - SuperSport United have thrashed Polokwane City 4-1 in a Nedbank Cup last 32 tie at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening, with Kingston Nkhatha’s two goals inspiring Gordon Igesund’s side to victory.
The Zimbabwean scored twice in the first half to see Matsatsantsa recover from conceding the first goal of the game to Rise and Shine’s Rendani Ndou. Jeremy Brockie and Dove Wome added to the home side’s advantage in the second half, though such was the abundance of chances for both teams that the match could have finished with a score line more suitable for a rugby game.
Polokwane drew first blood in the 15th minute when the excellent Jabu Maluleke set up Rendani Ndou, who fired an unstoppable long-range, left-footed shot into the corner to put the visitors in front.
The equaliser arrived in the 25th minute, with Nkhatha capitalising on a poor goal kick from Modiri Marumo that was mis-controlled by Jabulani Nene. The striker’s snap shot was not especially well struck, but still somehow beat the City goalkeeper.
In the 28th minute Nkhatha provided an excellent finish with a diving header, glancing home David Mathebula’s right-wing cross via the inside of the far post to make it 2-1 to SuperSport.
SuperSport made two changes at the start of the second half, with Dove Wome replacing Nkhatha due to injury, while Michael Morton was brought on in place of Morne Nel to bring some steel to the hosts’ engine room.
Wome created United’s third goal in the 51st minute, crossing with the outside of his right foot from the left flank to set-up Jeremy Brockie, who did just enough to beat Marumo and rack up his third goal in as many games for Matsatsantsa.
The Togo international then went from provider to scorer in the 66th minute when he sprung Polokwane’s offside trap, raced through on goal and fired a missile past Marumo to make it 4-1.
Both teams created numerous chances to add to the score line in the final quarter of the match, but the score remained 4-1 in favour of the Tshwane side right up to full time.
SuperSport United (2) 4 (Nkhatha 25’ 28’, Brockie 51’, Wome 66’)
Polokwane City (1) 1 (Ndou 15’)
SuperSport United: Williams, Moloi, Daniels, Mkhabela, Khumalo, Phala, Nel (Morton 46’), Mathebula (Grobler 84’), Chapman, Brockie, Nkhatha (Wome 46’)
Polokwane City: Marumo, Musonda, Nene, Tema, Molala, Alexander, Mmema (Jembula 55’), Maluleke, Langa, Kanyenda, Ndou (Tlolane 63’)