SuperSport move top with Stellies scalp

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 18: Jamie Webber of Supersport United celebrate after scoring a goal during the DStv Premiership match between Stellenbosch FC and SuperSport United at Danie Craven Stadium on October 18, 2022 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 18: Jamie Webber of Supersport United celebrate after scoring a goal during the DStv Premiership match between Stellenbosch FC and SuperSport United at Danie Craven Stadium on October 18, 2022 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

SuperSport United continued their fine run of form in the DStv Premiership after seeing off Stellenbosch FC 2-0 on Tuesday evening.

Siyabonga Nhlapo and Jesse Donn came in as United’s two changes, with Antonio Van Wyk, Junior Mendieta and Sinethemba Mngomezulu restored by Stellies from their clash with Golden Arrows.

Stellies enjoyed a strong start and Mngomezulu’s darting move down the right of the area ended with a teasing shot that forced a good save out of United goalkeeper Ricardo Goss.

The Maroons' bright opening gave the visitors a wake up call and thus minutes after the half-hour mark, Jamie Webber made the breakthrough when he picked up Nhlapo’s pass and finished off from a tight angle.

More woes fell the way of the host moments to halftime when an injury saw Fawaaz Basadien stretchered off and Ibraheem Jabaar filled in for the former Swallows FC man.

Stellenbosch added more men from the bench after the interval, with Jayden Adams on for Sihle Ndluli and Devon Titus restored to the fold for Nhlanhla Mgaga.

It was a blistering start to the second stanza from the Maroons, as attempts from Mendieta forced a couple good saves from Goss in the opposing goal.

Stellies piled more efforts towards target minutes later and Goss once again needed to come to the aid of SuperSport and parried a promising free-kick away.

Matsatsantsa, though, doubled their tally midway through the second half after Bradley Grobler capitalised on Ghampani Lungu’s assist and beat Sage Stephens.

Grobler could’ve added a second goal inside the remaining ten minutes with a header from a cross by Patrick Maswanganyi, but the attempt flew wide of target with the goal at his mercy.

SuperSport still pushed forward for a third goal and were close again in the final minute through Maswanganyi from Lungu’s pass, but Stephens saved and 2-0 it finished as Gavin Hunt's troops moved top of the log.

Confirmed line-ups:

Stellenbosch: Stephens, Makhanya, Basadien, Van Rooyen, Mthethwa, Mendieta, Sibiya, Nduli, Mgaga, Van Wyk, Mngomezulu.

Subs: Langeveldt, Andries, Letsoenyo, Jabaar, Hahn, Mcaba, Moseamedi, Titus, Adams

SuperSport United: Goss, Nhlapo, Ditlhokwe, Hlatshwayo, Bhasera, Maswanganyi, Donn, Webber, Ndlovu, Gabuza, Grobler.

Subs: Chigova, Fleurs, Mbatha, Rapoo, Rayners, Ngoma, Lungu, Phillips

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