SuperSport are 'kings' of Pretoria
Saturday September 23 2006
SuperSport United cruised into the final of the SAA Supa 8 after they gave Pretoria rivals Mamelodi Sundowns a 2-0 walloping at the Olympia Stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday.
The match started off at a fast pace as Sundowns took the game to their neighbourhood rivals. The early pressure almost paid off but 'Big Man' Lungisani Ndlela chose to shoot just wide off the mark in front of a glaring United goal.
Both sides exercised a great degree of caution as the match progressed, but play remained open nevertheless.
In the 17th minute, South African international striker Katlego Mashego, was presented with a brilliant chance to put his name on the scoring charts, but selected to shoot above the bar with only 'keeper Calvin Marlin to beat.
The lanky Ndlela was at it again in the 43rd minute, when he outran the SuperSport defence, but United 'keeper, and Man of the Match Dennis Onyango, came out of his area in time to distract the former SuperSport and Moroka Swallows striker.
The score remained locked at 0-0 after an evenly-balanced first half.
Pitso Mosimane's charges started the second half with a business-like 'zest' in their play, and it was no suprise when they found that elusive goal in the 55th minute. James Chamanga dispossessed 'Downs Vuyo Mere and played a brilliant pass to Mashego, who wasted no time in putting the ball beyond Marlin's reach.
Sundowns seemed to have run out of ideas as United ran rings around them, adding a second through a well-taken scorcher from Maimane Phiri in the 60th minute.
Mere came very close to making up for his earlier mistake when he unleashed a good, 68th minute shot - but his attempt was parried away by the active Onyango.
The gangly Ugandan international, who had come in place of Andre Arendse, once again came to the party when he parried away a Ndlela-bound cross with ten minutes left on the clock.
Five minutes later, Mashego was presented with a chance to increase his tally to two but shot straight at Marlin.
SuperSport will meet the winner between Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows, who will meet in the second semi-final at Durban's ABSA Stadium on Sunday, September 24.