Absa Premiership

SuperSport lift MTN8 trophy after penalty drama

2017-10-14 21:47
Dean Furman tackles Teko Modise (Gallo)

Durban - SuperSport United have won the 2017 edition of the MTN8 after beating Cape Town City 4-2 in a penalty shootout at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. 

The match had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.

In an open final, Sibisiso Masina put the Citizens ahead with an angled finished after 23 minutes, before substitute Thabo Mnyamane sent the game into extra time with 10 minutes to play.

The Matsatsantsa forward could not continue the game, however, after picking up an injury that reduced his side to 10 men, but it did not stop his side from holding on until penalties.

Ronwen Williams then made two vital saves to give coach Eric Tinkler his first piece of silverware since joining the club in the winter.

SuperSport dominated the early possession, but it was City that created the first real opening when Masina's low ball from the right was just out of reach of Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Benni McCarthy's side then went ahead with the next chance that came their way. It was midway through the half when Ebrahim Seedat crossed low from the left into the feet of Masina, who finished smartly from a tight angle beyond Williams.

On the half-hour, a Thuso Phala corner fell to Dean Furman just outside the box, but he blazed over.

And, after 35 minutes, the Tshwane side had their best opening when Shu-Aib Walters in the Cape Town goal came out to clear a corner, but fumbled allowing three SuperSport players in behind him, but there were defenders available and Seedat managed to deflect Bradley Grobler shot over.

Teko Modise's intelligence then saw him twice cut over the Matsatsantsa defence, with half-chances spurned by Lyle Lakay and Majoro as City ended the half on the up.

After the break, industrious play by Reneilwe Letsholonyane saw him play in Aubrey Modiba, who had the ball snatched away at his feet by Walters.

At the other end, Masina blasted over when he had more time, but it was clear that SuperSport were the side with more urgency.

Then on the hour and against the run of play, Majoro stabbed wide when he should have perhaps done better after Lakay's squared pass to the near post.

Substitute Thabo Mnyamane fired over from a sloppy Grobler ball as the game began to open up. Masina and Majoro again came close, their misses excellent chances to give City some breathing space.

They paid for those misses with 10 minutes to play as Grobler's looping ball picked out Mnyamane in space on the left and he side-footed beyond Walters.

That took the game to extra time, and SuperSport, without their injured goal-scorer, had a chance that Dove Wome blazed over early in the 30 minute window.

Victor Obinna had City's best chance late in extra time, snatching at a shot when he had time on his side with the ball ending wide.

Grobler, Dean Furman, Teboho Mokoena and Dove Wome all netted in the shootout, with Williams crucially saving the first kick from Lakay and another from Judas Moseamedi as SuperSport celebrated.

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