Bradley Grobler returned to scoring form to fire SuperSport United to a 1-0 win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in a 2020-21 DStv Premiership match at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.
Defeat comes as a bitter blow for TTM days after their Nedbank Cup triumph. The result leaves them in 15th spot on the league standings, level on points with Chippa United and in the midst of relegation battle.
Victory, a first in 11 matches for Matsatsantsa, moved them onto 41 points for the campaign and back in contention for a top four finish.
The first chance of the match fell at Jamie Webber’s feet in the fifth minute. Jesse Donn teed up his midfield partner who looked sure to score but Washington Arubi pulled off a good save to deny the hosts an early opener.
Arubi was at it again four minutes before the break, this time to keep out Grobler who got on the end of a corner-kick to test the TTM shot-stopper.
Grobler finally got his goal in the 52nd minute of the match to take his tally up to 14 for the season and strengthen his grip on the golden boot award. Guily Manziba found the Matsatsantsa forward at the back post and he made no mistake, nodding home from close range.
Vhadau Vha Damani threatened to find an equaliser late on through Nedbank Cup final hero Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo but his fierce shot from range in the 80th minute was well saved by Ronwen Williams.
In the end, SuperSport held on for all three points in what is a welcome return to winning ways for the Tshwane club.
SuperSport United (0) 1 (Grobler 52′)Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (0) 0SuperSport United: Williams; Mahachi, Ditlhokwe, Kekana, Phillips, Donn, Mokoena, Webber (Khumalo 85′), Manziba (Rayners 81′), Lungu (Gabuza 86′), Grobler.Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila: Arubi; Ravhuhali (Rantie 84′), Nonyane, Ndengane, Lukhubeni (Ndlondlo 71′), Timm (Ngema 73′), Madhanaga, Manaka, Molongoane (Nkili 72′), Theron, Nevhulamba (Lamola 85′).© Backpage TXT