SuperSport United squeezed into the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals following a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night. The match was delayed due to load shedding. When the lighting returned, it was time for cameras and action as both sides looked to net the first goal.
The Sea Robbers were kept on the back foot in the early exchanges and they failed to play out of their own half while forced to commit numerous fouls but Brighton Mhlongo ensured nothing came in. Matsatsantsa dominated proceedings throughout the half. Eric Tinkler’s men never looked like scoring whenever they pushed forward until the 36th minute when Kermit Erasmus was twice dispossessed with the ball at his feet by Ronwen Williams. Neither side managed to break the deadlock at the end of the first half.
The Ghost pulled out a more enterprising display in the second stanza but struggled to get inside the area. The deadlock was finally broken in the 73rd minute when Jeremy Brockie found himself unmarked inside the box and unleashed a venomous volley past the keeper and into the net to make it 1-0. The Buccaneers lit up late in the match following the introduction of Thabo Rakhele and Lehlohonolo Majoro however the chase proved to be a hard nut to crack.
The home side absorbed the pressure in a mature manner to hold on to their slender lead and win the match 1-0.