ABSA Premiership log leaders SuperSport United extended their lead with a clinical 7-0 win over Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Friday evening.
SuperSport maintained their record of having not lost to Maritzburg since their first meeting in the 2005/06 season.
SuperSport now carry 18 points after eight rounds of matches, and are guaranteed the top spot for another week, regardless of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns’ result against Golden Arrows on Saturday.
Gavin Hunt’s resurgent Matsatsantsa a Pitori are now the only team yet to taste defeat in the league having handed third-placed Maritzburg –who have 13 points after eight matches — their first loss of the campaign.
In-form forward, Atuyise Nyondo slammed in the SuperSport opener — and his fifth of the season to be joint topscorer — in the 10th minute before an Anthony Laffor cross on the right enforced a Byrone Hendricks own-goal in the 27th minute.
Midfielder Tebogo Langerman completed the third in a clinical first-half display after good work from Nyondo in the 43rd minute, to take a 3-0 half-time lead.
Botswana international Mogogi Gabonamong went on to net the fourth for the Tshwane side in the 71st minute.
A late brace from pacy substitute midfielder Jabu Maluleke in the 76th and 81st minutes, and a 86th minute goal from Ashley Hartog ensured the emphatic result.
The KwaZulu-Natal Midland outfit were not afforded time to settle down as SuperSport’s offensive trio of Nyondo, Laffor and Hartog put coach Ian Palmer’s charges on the back foot.
Outside of Hendricks’ header that came off the post midway, SuperSport’s young goalkeeper Ronwen Williams went untested in the first-half as his opposite number, the seasoned Shu-Aib Walters’ goal was continuously under threat.
While seven in a match is a top achievement for any side, United looked as if they would score more.
They sent a strong warning to other pretenders for the crown they dominated between 2007 and 2009, lifting three successive championship trophies.-Sapa