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November 17, 2012 8:15 PM SAST
Peter Mokaba Stadium — Polokwane (Pietersburg)
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SuperSport United 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: Sundowns hold on and book their spot in the Telkom Knockout final

Much to the relief of their beleaguered fans and coach, Mamelodi Sundowns were able to hang on to an early lead and earn a berth in the Telkom Knockout final

By Daniel Eslick

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Mamelodi Sundowns booked their place in the final of the Telkom Knockout, winning the Tshwane derby semi-final 1-0 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night.  

The team sitting bottom of the PSL log was desperate to overthrow their Tshwane rivals and qualify for their first Telkom Knockout final since 2007.  

Eleazar Rodgers scored the eventual winner for Sundowns in the 16th minute, finishing with aplomb after receiving the assist from his strike partner Anthony Laffor.  

Sundowns started without the impressive Punch Masanemela in the starting line-up, preferring Tebogo Langerman at left full-back.

Doctor Mampuru and Jabulani Shongwe also started the all-important match.  The Brazilians retained Wayne Sandilands in goal despite Calvin Marlins return from injury.

SuperSport were hit by injury problems before the game as they had to start without in-form Kermit Erasmus and David Nkausa, with both players incurring injuries during Bafana Bafana’s friendly against Zambia. Mabhudi Khenyeza did not start following an alleged bust-up with coach Gavin Hunt.   

Despite early pressure from SuperSport, it was Sundowns who broke the deadlock in the 16th minute as Eleazar Rogers and Anthony Laffor took advantage of some sloppy defending by Matatsantza.

The striking partnership created the opening goal as Laffor received a long ball on the left wing and powered down the flank, with Thabo September unable to close him down.

His accurate diagonal ball found an unmarked Rodgers right in front of goal and the striker composed himself and buried the ball in the back of the net with a powerful shot.

Sundowns had one foot in the final and SuperSport began the search for a response. The Brazilians looked like a different side from the one which is still sitting on the bottom of the PSL and William Shongwe almost made it 2-0 with a low drive which Ronwen Williams had to force behind for a corner.

Sundowns continued to look creative as they moved the ball with speed with Teko Modise putting in a good shift for his side in the middle of the park.

SuperSport lacked any kind of penetration in their play but Grant Kekana almost found the equaliser in the  38th minute. The right-back had been struggling defensively during the match but was a force in attack.  

He spotted Wayne Sandilands off his line and the keeper had to scramble backwards in order to tip Kekana’s speculative shot onto the crossbar. The shot was almost a piece of brilliance from the defender and Sandilands was lucky to keep it out.   

The second half saw a more potent looking SuperSport United frontline as Gavin Hunt shifted his tactics slightly looking for the equalising goal. But their defence still struggled with Sundown’s movement.

The more SuperSport pressed for the goal, the more dangerous the Brazilians looked on the counter-attack. Anthony Laffor showed his pace when running onto an expertly placed ball by William Shongwe in the 66th minute, but the striker could not find the second goal as his shot was held onto firmly by Ronwen Williams.  

The final fifteen minutes saw SuperSport display their desperation for the equaliser as they threw men forward and piled pressure on the Sundown’s defence.

SuperSport's best chance to equal matters arrived in the final seconds but Mor Diouf could not find the target from close range. His thunderous effort right in front of goal crashed into the crossbar which turned out to be the final action of the game. 

Sundowns were able to hang on to their 1-0 lead with a mixture of solid defending and good work by Wayne Sandilands in goal. The Brazilians head into the Telkom Knockout final against the winners of the Free State derby on Sunday afternoon.   



SuperSport United FC

30
Ronwen Williams
Goalkeeper
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-
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14
Lucas Thwala
Defender
 - 
29
Mor Diouf
Defender
 - 
26
Thabo September
Defender
 - 
16
Edwin Gyimah
Midfielder
 - 
23
M. Mdluli
Midfielder
45′
 - 
99
Sameehg Doutie
Midfielder
80′
 - 
-
Ashley Hartog
Striker
 - 
11
Sibusiso Zuma
Striker
 - 
9
 - 

Mamelodi Sundowns FC

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40
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Abel Mabaso
Midfielder
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-
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-
 - 
4
 - 
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Esrom Nyandoro
Midfielder
75′
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-
 - 
10
Teko
Midfielder
 - 
7
Domingues
Midfielder
 - 
28
 - 
9

Substitutes

1
 - 
4
 - 
24
Franklin Cale
Midfielder
45′
 - 
8
 - 
22
 - 
21
 - 
29
 - 

Substitutes

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Calvin Marlin
Goalkeeper
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31
 - 
6
 - 
8
 - 
14
 - 
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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lennox Luyanda Bacela Lennox Luyanda Bacela
Striker
Pirates
5 0
Mogakolodi Ngele Mogakolodi Ngele
Striker
Stars
3 1
Knowledge Musona Knowledge Musona
Striker
Chiefs
2 0
D. Womé D. Womé
Midfielder
Sundowns
2 0
O. Manyisa O. Manyisa
Midfielder
Pirates
2 0