Absa Premiership

Vasco in relegation play-off

2011-05-07 17:52
Kermit Erasmus (Gallo)
Johannesburg - A 3-1 loss to SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership match at the Lucas Moripe stadium on Saturday afternoon confirmed Vasco Da Gama’s place in the relegation play-off spot.

SuperSport were by far the better team and goals from Glen Salmon, Ashley Hartog and Kermit Erasmus saw them win comfortably.

Vasco looked to have started the match brightly and created a chance in front of goal as early as the third minute when Sibusiso Zuma supplied a dangerous cross into the United area. Zeka Karkee rose highest to meet the ball with a powerful header, but he saw his 12-yard effort just shave the wrong side of the post.

Thereafter, however, it was all SuperSport as they dictated terms for the remainder of the half and played the kind of football that saw them lift the league title three seasons in a row.

It was only a matter of time before they took the lead and it came in the ninth minute from a corner-kick. Anthony Laffor floated the ball into the box and some poor marking by Vasco saw Glen Salmon unmarked at the back post and he made no mistake with a clinical finish from six-yards out to give his side the lead, 1-0.

United only had to wait a further 14 minutes before they found their second goal in the game. Again the goal came from a set-piece and was the result of poor defending by the visiting team.

This time Tebogo Langerman whipped in a free-kick from the right side of the midfield and Ashley Hartog rose highest to meet the cross and powerfully headed the ball home from 12-yards out, 2-0.

Only the brilliance of Posnett Omony in the Vasco goals kept his side from go further behind in the 32nd minute. Laffor curled a 20-yard free-kick around the defensive wall, but Omony produced a good save diving to his left to parry the shot away from danger.

Vasco, though, somewhat against the run of play did manage to pull a goal back in the 43rd minute from the penalty spot.

In a rare foray forward the referee adjudged Rowen Fernandez to have pulled down Jerome Ramathlakwana inside the box. Consequently, Zuma made no mistake from the spot to give his side hope going into the half time break, 2-1.

The second half saw United control the flow and pace of the game. Vasco tried desperately to fight their way back into the match, but SuperSport were far superior in the midfield and did not allow them any hope.

United put the result beyond doubt in the 79th minute when substitute Kermit Erasmus scored his side’s third goal with a clinical finish from 12-yards out after a swift passing movement left him with just the keeper to beat, 3-1.

Erasmus, though, turned villain three minutes later when he produced a horrible foul on Mokete Tsotetsi. He was subsequently red carded and Tsotestsi had to be substituted.

The game ended 3-1 in favour of SuperSport United and confirmed Vasco’s place in the relegation play-off spot.

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