TS GALAXY SUFFERS FIRST DEFEAT IN THE NEW YEAR

SUPERSPORT United reign supreme against TS Galaxy today at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Matsatsantsa A Pitori emerged as 3-0 victors thanks to goals from Thamsanqa Gabuza who netted a brace and Bradley Grobler.

SuperSport scored two quick goals at the start of the match. Siyabonga Nhlapho delivered an exquisite cross in to the path of Thamsanqa Gabuza three minutes in to the game. Gabuza rose the highest to beat Winsten Van Der Linde between the sticks for the Rockets. It was a move from the right and side.

Three minutes later, Matsatsantsa A Pitori doubler their lead. It was the same man again, Gabuza.

SuperSport played another high ball in to the box and our last line of defense couldn’t clear their lines.

The game was played a frenetic pace. The Rockets were not deflated by conceding two early goals. They kept on pushing and created numerous goal scoring opportunities but lacked the killer instict in the final third.

Mxolisi Macuphu missed two glorious opportunities in a space of three minutes.

Ronwen Williams was well positioned to deny him and then ballooned the other attempt over the bar.

Grobler was left alone in the box but couldn’t direct his header on target from a corner kick delivered by Sipho Mbule on the left and side. Our greatest opportunity in the first half fell in to the path Mbulelo Wambi who failed to find the target after some great work by Tshegofatso Nyama on the left and side.

After the interval coach, Zipho Dlangalala introduced Wayde Lekay and sacrificed Wambi.

Williams kept us at bay again after Mlungisi Mbunjana tested him from distance.

Lekay made an instant impact as his snap short sailed wide. Grobler sealed the game for SuperSport in the 78th minutes.

Lindokuhle Mbatha almost pulled one back with his head after receiving a quality cross from Sphiwe Mahlangu on the right and side but his header missed the target in the 87th minutes.

Two minutes later, the referee penalized SuperSport for handling the ball in the box.

Bevan Fransman missed the penalty as it was saved by Williams. The Rockets suffered the first defeat of the year. It was also a first loss under the tutelage of Dlangalala.

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