- Thursday, 19 April 2012
- Written by Modou Lamin Beyai
SuperSport United put more pressure on Pa Dembo Touray’s beleaguered Santos with a 1-0 in their ABSA Premiership match at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.
The only goal of a tight game came seven minutes from time and was scored by Thabiso Nkoana. The result sends the Pretoria team up to fourth, while the Peoples’ Team of Pa Dembo remain marooned second from bottom, falling a further point behind Black Leopards as they drew with Free State Stars.
The first half was an evenly balanced affair, with the two sides matching each other in terms of industry and effort, though without creating too many chances on goal. There was goalmouth action early on for both sides as Eleazar Rodgers saw his header saved by Rowen Fernandez, while at the other end of the park Kermit Erasmus was even closer when he struck the outside of the post from a position on the right hand side of the box.
That was it though as far as goal-mouth action was concerned for the majority of the balance of the half as some determined defending from both sides and some robust play in the midfield saw chances limited. Matsatsantsa had the first chance of the second half, with Erasmus drawing a smart save out of Pa Demba Touray with a left-footed strike from close range.
But despite dominating possession, the visiting side were not able to carve out any further decent chances as the game lacked in goal mouth action. United did have a couple of half chances, but the likes of Tebogo Langerman did not have their scoring boots on, shown by some wayward shots.
Indeed the match seemed to be headed for a draw, until Matsatsantsa finally came up with a goal, with Nkoana slotting home expertly in the 83rd minute from 10-yards after a god run and cross down the right from Atusaye Nyondo.