A goal in each half by Thabo September and Kermit Erasmus propelled SuperSport United to a 2-0 win over Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in the final of the Nedbank Cup played at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
This was the first ever cup final meeting between these two capital city rivals in the PSL. The match enabled triple League winning coach Gavin Hunt to pick up his first ever cup win with Matsatsantsa.
Early on, Sundowns were showing good touches on the ball with enterprising moves led by the skilful duo of Elias Pelembe and Teko Modise.
In the eighth minute Thabiso Nkoana cut in from the right wing and unleashed a left footed shot from six-yards, which was saved by Sundowns ‘keeper Wayne Sandilands.
But the rebound ball fell into Nkoana’s path who crossed for an unmarked Sibusiso Zuma on the left-wing but the veteran attacker failed to beat Sandilands.
Then in the 17th minute Sundowns were dealt a huge blow when Clayton Daniels was shown a straight red card when he brought down Kermit Erasmus just outside the box.
From the resultant free kick, Tebogo Langerman shaved the cross bar with his curling left footed attempt.
In the 39th minute SuperSport took the lead when September lost his markers and met Sahmeeg Doutie’s in-swinging corner kick and headed home a well-controlled effort at the far post.
It was a well deserved lead for Matsatsantsa who had threatened the Sundowns defence in the prelude to the goal.
Sundowns were looking for an immediate equaliser after the break and Modise tried his luck seven minutes into the second half with a right footed shot just outside the box that went agonisingly over the bar.
On the hour mark, Hunt’s men increased their lead when Sibusiso Zuma played through an unmarked Erasmus and the youngster at first saw his shot saved by Sandilands from close, but he coolly lobbed the rebound into an empty net.
In the 69th minute it should have been game, set and match but Zuma could not capitalise on a one-on-one opportunity as he sky rocketed the ball from a great position.
There would be no late fight back from the Brazilians as United held their nerve and closed down the match with ease.
SuperSport United (1) 2 (September 39’, Erasmus 60’)
Mamelodi Sundowns 0
SuperSport: R Williams; D Nkausu, M Gould, T September, T Langerman; M Mdluli (A Hartog 58’); E Gyimah, S Doutie, K Erasmus (M Gabonamong 74’); T Nkoana; S Zuma (M Khenyeza 79’)
Sundowns: W Sandilands; M Mwanjale, S Xulu, C Daniels, P Masenamela; H Kekana, S Moriri (E Nyandoro 65’), L Mokoena, T Modise, E Pelembe (Mphela 67’); N Mushekwi.-Backpagepix