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Majoro: Earns Chiefs the points

Majoro: Earns Chiefs the points

A brace from Lehlohonolo Majoro ended SuperSport United's unbeaten start to the season as Kaizer Chiefs earned a 2-1 victory at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday evening.

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The Bafana Bafana striker fired home either side of Kermit Erasmus's 32nd minute strike to take the Glamour Boys back into a four-point lead at the top of the standings, while also maintaining their undefeated PSL season.

United, meanwhile, remain in the bottom-half of the table with just 11 points from their opening 10 league games.

The game got off to a scrappy start as heavy rain made for treacherous conditions, while several rash challenges threatened to turn the game nasty.

Matsatsantsa looked to have opened the scoring after 17 minutes as Sibusiso Zuma played Atusaye Nyondo in behind the defence for the striker to clip the ball past the on-rushing Itumeleng Khune, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.

Midway through the first-half Amakhosi took the lead as Majoro won his flick-on which Siphiwe Tshabalala chased down before putting the ball across the six-yard area, and South African striker found himself completely unmarked to complete the simple task of tapping into an empty net.

Chiefs had a great chance to counter four-on-three but Bernard Parker's cross-field ball to Siphiwe Tshabalala was too awkward for the midfielder to control and United were let off the hook.

Right up at the other end and the visitors made the Glamour Boys pay for that wasted chance as Nyondo did superbly to rolls the ball across the edge of the area for Kermit Erasmus, whose first-time hit rocketed into the very top corner of the goal, leaving Khune no chance.

Chiefs soon put together a sumptuous piece of play that ended with Tshabalala picking out Majoro inside the area, but, after dropping the shoulder to lose his marker, he was unable to get the proper curl on his shot and the defence was able to get in a block.

United were dealt a blow in the opening stages of the second-half as live-wire Nyondo picked up what appeared to be a nasty injury following a crunching, yet fair, challenge from Eric Mathoho, and had to be replaced by Thabiso Nkoana.

Parker then had a great chance to restore Chiefs' lead as his touch took him into the area and clean through on goal, but he hesitated before shooting, closing the angle and allowing Ronwen Williams to make the save.

The sides continued to trade blows as Erasmus first saw his shot from inside the area brilliantly blocked by Tefu Mashamaite, while up at the other end Tshabalala was unable to find target after being teed up perfectly by Parker.

It was Chiefs though who would eventually grab the vital goal, a route-one delivery from the defence picking out the run of Majoro, with the striker showing a sublime touch to just guide the ball past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net.

Thabiso Nkoana should have done more after he was threaded through on goal, and although the angle looked far too tight for a shot, he still let fly and unsurprisingly the effort failed to find the target.

Parker then came agonisingly close to sealing the points as his shot came back off the up-right, while an awkward rebound caught Kingston Nkhatha unaware before bouncing into the arms of the grateful Ronwen Williams.

Posted: 10/11/12 20:07

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