SuperSport United came up trumps against Moroka Swallows 1-0 in the Nebank Cup Last 32 clash at the Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday. Swallows were hoping to find some momentum in what has been a dismal season for last season’s Absa Premiership relegation candidates. The National First Division (NFD) strugglers were nearly made to pay early on though as Dean Furman directed a pass to Jamie Brockie, but the New Zealander’s shot was wide.
The home should have snatched an opener, but Ronwen Williams made a double save to deny Edwin Sitayitayi. Veteran striker Clifford Mulenga sent his long range shot wide as matters remained goalless. Stuart Baxter’s boys started the second stanza off well when Dave Wome picked out Brockie and the kiwi striker provided a good finish to put his side in the lead.
Former Kaizer Chiefs player Josta Dladla was too ambitious with a long range effort that did not even trouble Williams as the Dube Birds attempted to fight their way back. Substitute Bradley Gobler, who came on for Kingston Nkhatha, nearly made an impact but his shot was wide as Matsatsantsa looked to bury the Birds. Greg Etafia’s side failed to come back into the game and now their focus will be to climb out of the NFD relegation zone.
In the end, United progressed to the next round as Baxter looks to resurrect an ailing season for the former three-time league winners.