Absa Premiership

SuperSport score late to deny Cape Town City

2017-12-09 18:00
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Cape Town - Benni McCarthy was left disappointed after his side conceded a late goal to draw 1-1 with SuperSport United at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

Aubrey Ngoma made his return to action with what appeared to be a winning goal for City when he netted just before half-time.

But SuperSport centre-back Azubuike Egwuekwe was pushed forward in the dying minutes and duly grabbed an equaliser with 95 minutes on the clock.

Both sides started the game with plenty of running, with SuperSport slightly edging their opponents in the opening exchanges.

Teboho Mokoena saw his early shot from range fly well over the target before Mpho Matsi tried his luck with a strike that was always rising.

Sibusiso Masina then saw his shot deflect over the SuperSport goal ahead of an excellent chance for City to open the scoring on 29 minutes.

Ngoma produced a superb dink over the Matsatsantsa defence to release Victor Obinna, who took a good touch inside the six-yard area, only for Reyaad Pieterse to come out an smother the ball before his defence completed the clearance.

City stopper Sage Stephens was then forced into a point-blank save from Thuso Phala, who had squeezed his way into the box on the left hand side.

SuperSport striker Jeremy Brockie saw his goalbound volley deflect wide on 36 minutes before Pieterse made another fine save, this time from a shot from Ngoma from the left that he punched clear.

But the SuperSport stopper could do nothing to deny Ngoma from opening the scoring just minutes later to hand City a narrow half-time lead.

The striker finished well from the left of the goal, with a shot across the 'keeper into the bottom right corner of the net, after a sensational flick from Craig Martin to set him on goal.

Teboho Mokoena's long range shot on 54 minutes was easily saved by Stephens as a good cross from the right from Clayton Daniels was just too high for Sifiso Myeni.

Ngoma had a great chance to add to the score when picking up good square ball from Masina on the hour mark, but his touch was poor and his sight of goal closed before losing possession of the ball.

Phala snatched at a 65th minute shot on the edge of the box after a good cut back from Mokoena on the left, that went wide, as a superb ball over the top from Mokoena moments later almost created an opening, but Stevens denied Myeni with a good save.

Bradley Grobler then almost drew SuperSport level with an improvised flick in the box but Stevens was well placed to make an easy stop, while SuperSport substitute Sipho Mbule was off target with a volley from the edge of the box as Eric Tinkler's side desperately looked for an equaliser.

Egwuekwe headed over from close range on 94 minutes before a good low Daniels cross from the left was just too far ahead of the SuperSport attackers.

But with seven minutes of injury time at the end of the game, there was a sense that SuperSport would get something from this tie.

And with 95 minutes on the clock, another SuperSport substitute, Maphosa Modiba produced a nice piece of skill to create space for a cross, and his ball was inch-perfect to allow Egwuekwe to rise above his man and head home from close range.

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