Richards Bay cement second spot with SSU draw

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt
SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt

SuperSport United and Richards Bay FC settled for a share of the spoils after playing to a 1-1 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday evening.

Goalkeeper Ricardo Goss, Grant Margeman and Bradley Grobler returned to the SuperSport line-up after the Tshwane derby loss to Mamelodi Sundowns, while Luvuyo Memela was restored for Richards Bay.

Matsatsantsa enjoyed a positive opening and saw a rasping shot outside the area by Thapelo Maseko force Salim Magoola to a low outstretched save at the near post.

Richards Bay broke free down the shoulder of the defensive-third and caught Matsatsantsa square as well as out of shape only for Somila Ntsundwana to hoof over with Goss charging.

Striker Grobler got a golden chance to put the home team ahead with a first-time shot from a cross on the left-side of the area, but he went over.

Richards Bay turned to the bench before the resumption and introduced Harold Majadibodu ahead of former Orlando Pirates defender Ntsikelelo Nyauza.

The Natal Rich Boyz pushed and stunned the host in the middle of the second half as a mix-up from Onismor Bhasera and Goss saw Sanele Barns sneak in and slotted in from a tight angle.

SuperSport made two changes late on in Jamie Webber for Patrick Maswangayi and had Thamsanqa Gabuza replaced by Maseko.

This move paid off as United pulled level on 82 minutes when defender Majadibodu helped a snapped shot from Gabuza beyond Magoola and into the far corner of the net.

Richards Bay should’ve gone back ahead with a penalty five minutes later after Kegan Johannes fouled Ntsundwana, but Tshepo Mabua struck the spot-kick against the post and kept the score level.

Both sides got moments to find the winner in the closing seconds, but didn’t make full use and the match finished honours even.

Confirmed line-ups:

SuperSport United: Goss, Nhlapo, Fleurs, Margeman, Bhasera, Maswanganyi, Lungu, Maseko, Johannes, Grobler, Ndlovu

Subs: Chigova, Gabuza, Rapoo, Donn, Rayners, Ngoma, Webber, Sibanyoni, Kewuti.

Richards Bay: Magoola, Maphathe, Msani, Mthethwa, Nyauza, Mathebula, Barns, Mabason, Makateng, Memela, Ntsundwana

Subs: Jacobs, Shabalala, Ocheieng, Zungu, Mtolo, Majadibodu, Mthembu, Mbuthuma, Mabuya

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