Black Aces picked up three valuable away points when they defeated SuperSport United 2-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening
SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson was eager to discover his side's winning form against bottom of the table Mpumalanga Black Aces. United were boosted by the return of Clayton Daniels at the back, while midfielder David Mathebula was also named in the starting line-up.
Aces boss Clive Barker made five changes to the side that lost to Platinum Stars in their previous league encounter, as he looked to secure their first win of the season.
Matsatsantsa defender Sibusiso Khumalo had the first chance in the opening minutes of the game, but regrettably hit his shot wide of goal. Shortly afterwards, Mathebula played a nice through pass towards Thuso Phala down the wing, but the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder was unable to deliver a quality cross and wasted the attack.
A quarter way in, Tendai Ndoro should have given Aces the lead after a blunder by Thamsanqa Teyise at the back, but Ndoro put his shot wide in a one-on-one situation with Ronwen Williams. The frustrated shot-stopper immediately urged his backline to get into the game and stay focused.
In the 22nd minute, Mathebula earned a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, however, Khumalo struck the set-piece straight into the Aces defensive wall. At the other end, Thabang Rooi came close for AmaZayoni with his glancing header going narrowly over the woodwork.
The game took a dramatic twist soon after the half-hour mark when both Michael Morton and Sandile Zuke were shown straight red cards for retaliation, leaving both sides down to 10 men on the field.
Two minutes into the second period Teyise made yet another blunder, but recovered quick enough to concede a corner. At this stage, AmaZayoni were looking alive as they pushed for the opening goal.
Aubrey Ngoma then played a great through ball to Ndoro, who was unfortunate to see his shot go wide, while Nonyane had his effort superbly saved by Williams. It was in the 68th minute when the visitors finally broke the deadlock, after Rooi whipped in a great long ball into the danger area which allowed Collins Mbesuma to easily tap the ball home.
Johnson immediately reacted by introducing newly-signed Ryan Chapman in aid of finding the equalizer, but it was Aces who struck for the second time in the 74th minute when Ngoma beautifully turned his man to hammer the ball past Williams.
With 15 minutes of play remaining, Johnson brought on Togolese attacker Dove Wome who managed to pull one back during injury time. However, it was not enough as Aces went on to claim their first win for the season.