The final Telkom Knockout semi-final took place at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville where Mamelodi Sundowns beat SuperSport United 3-1. Sundowns attacked SuperSport as soon as the game started and in the ninth minute Bongani Zungu scored a goal but it was considered a handball. A minute after that Leonardo Castro scored a clear goal handing Downs the lead.
In the 13th minute Matsatsantsa attacked and received a free kick taken by David Mathebula who landed the equaliser. The Brazilians held the possession as they tried to work hard to score but United’s defence was working hard to stop them. Keagan Dolly worked very well on the left side, crossing balls but Matsatsantsa’s defence would not budge.
In the 31st minute Dolly made a beautiful cross again and Ronwen Williams touched the ball lightly as it met up with Castro who scored with his hands earning himself a yellow card. Gordon Igesund’s team tried to regain itself and attack but they were unsuccessful. In the second half Pitso Mosimane’s boys had the ball in their possesion as they put SuperSport’s defence under pressure. In the 62nd minute Dolly made a brilliant cross and Thabo Nthethe headed it to the back of the net making it 2-1 to Mosimane’s men.
In the 68th minute Castro was replaced by Anthony Laffor as they continued attacking looking for a third goal. During the 80th minute Zungu passed through three SuperSport defenders and scored another goal for Sundowns. In the last minutes of the game Igesund’s side tried to attack but Thuso Phala’s effort went over the crossbar.
Afterwards man of the mact Dolly said: ‘Overall the team has be working hard, and the supporters who are supporting us, this is for them. Last season has been tough (sic). I just had to learn from the older players and play well to help the team score goals.’
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