Telkom Knockout Cup
Result: Supersport United 3-1 Moroka Swallows (AET)
Date: 19 October 2013
Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium
SuperSport United beat Moroka Swallows 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, thanks to two goals in extra-time, to advance to the Telkom Knockout semi-finals.
All of SuperSport's goals came from substitutes, as Bradley Grobler grabbed one in regulation time, and Thuso Phala and George Maluleka scored in the extra thirty minutes. Edward Manqele scored for Swallows.
The opening ten minutes saw no goalmouth action, but there were some heavy tackles, and Swallows captain Lefa Tsutsulupa was stretchered off the field and had to be replaced, after a tackle from Innocent Mdledle in just the eighth minute.
In the 23rd minute Swallows came close to getting their first attempt at goal but Larry Cohen was unable to get a touch on the ball delivered in by Lerato Chabangu from a free kick, and the ball went out.
Giorgi Nergadze tried a long range shot in the 32nd minute, after a good run forward from Asavela Mbekile, but his shot was never on target and flew high into the stands.
In the 39th minute Cohen had another chance, this time from a corner that wasn't cleared properly, but his shot took a deflection and went out.
At half-time, with neither goalkeepers having to make a save at all, with zero shots on target, the score remained goalless.
Chabangu had a chance in the 50th minute, but his first-time shot, the first on target in the game, went straight into the hands of Ronwen Williams.
In the 59th minute, just before being substituted, Niang picked up a loose ball outside the area and tried a long shot, but it flew just wide of Greg Etafia's goal.
A minute later Siyabonga Nomvethe came close to opening the score, but his header was well saved by Ronwen Williams.
In the 61st minute substitute Bradley Grobler put SuperSport up, as fellow sub George Maluleka beat Cohen, then laid the ball across the goal for Grobler to score to make it 1-0.
But the lead was short-lived, as Edward Manqele found the equalizer just two minutes later, pouncing onto a wayward header from Bevan Fransman, and the in-form striker placed the ball past Williams to make it 1-1.
In the 70th minute another substitute Thuso Phala tried a shot but it went over, and seconds later Grobler missed a glorious opportunity as he shot wide from just inside the box, with an open net i front of him, after Sameehg Doutie drew Etafia out of his goal and set him up.
Two minutes later Grobler had another chance, but this time Etafia was able to close him down and saved at his feet.
In the 77th minute Etafia made a great save to stop Enocent Mkhabela from scoring, as he shot from the edge of the box, but Etafia was able to deflect it out for a corner.
Manqele had a chance in the 81st minute to get his and Swallows' second, but his header went straight into Williams' hands.
In the 88th minute Phala got the better of Cohen and broke free down the left, but Etafia was there again and got a touch onto Phala's shot and the ball hit the post and went out.
At the end of ninety minutes the score remained 1-1, so extra-time was needed.
Three minutes into the first-half of extra-time, Maluleka had an opportunity from a set piece, after substitute Dikgang Mabalane hand-balled, but Maluleka's well-directed shot was tipped over by Etafia.
In the seventh minute Swallows had a chance on the other end, but Felix Obada's final effort went high and wide.
In the 13th minute Nomvethe beat the off-side trap but as he attempted to lay the ball back to an open Obada, Sibusiso Khumalo dived in to intercept and put the ball out.
In the last minute of the first-half of extra-time Grobler laid the ball back to Phala on the edge of the area who blasted a low shot past Etafia into the left bottom corner to make it 2-1 for SuperSport.
In the first minute of the second-half of extra-time, Maluleka scored a great individual goal, as he ran onto a good over-the-top pass from Doutie and was able to beat Da Costa for pace, then rounded Etafia and placed the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-1.
Manqele almost pulled a goal back in the 19th minute, but his attempted header could only hit the post and was cleared to safety.
How they started :
SuperSport United: Ronwen Williams, Sibusiso Khumalo, Thabo Moloi, Innocent Mdledle, Bevan Fransman, Thabo September, Sameehg Doutie, Enocent Mkhabela, Kurt Lentjies, Mame Niang, David Mathebula
Moroka Swallows: Greg Etafia, Luvhengo Mungomeni, Roger Da Costa, Larry Cohen, Levy Mokgothu, Asavela Mbekile, Giorgi Nergadze, Lerato Chabangu, Lefa Tsutsulupa, Siyabonga Nomvethe, Edward Manqele
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