Pretoria – A resilient SuperSport United overcame a spirited Chippa United to win their Absa Premiership clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday by 1-0.
SuperSport defender Clayton Daniels put his team ahead in the 25th minute from the penalty spot. Daniels calmly converted the penalty after Chippa's Bheki Nzunga was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty box.
Matsatsantsa held on for the precious three points after coming under siege once they had taken the lead.
Both teams finished the match with 10 men as Prince Nxumalo of SuperSport and Chris Komane of Chippa were shown red cards by referee Victor Gomes.
The players were given their marching orders in the 65th minute after a dangerous stud-up collision.
SuperSport's Thato Mokeke and Chippa's Thamsanqa Sangweni were always going to be key role players in the match in Atteridgeville.
Chippa went into the match hoping for the double after winning their first match 2-0 against Platinum Stars since their return to the Premiership at the end of last season, while SuperSport were still licking their wounds after last week's opening 1-0 loss against Wits.
Matsatsantsa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams came to the rescue on numerous occasions for the home side as he kept the opposition attack at bay.
SuperSport continued to display signs of defensive frailties at the back that plagued the club last season, and new club captain Daniels will have to marshal his young and inexperienced defence better in future if the team aims to halt the leaky formation.
Daniels displayed his leadership qualities when he stopped Andile Mbenyane in his tracks in a dangerous scoring position.
Chippa attacked the home team relentlessly with their piercing running style, but in the end it appeared that poor finishing would be their downfall.
Matsatsantsa, on the other hand, looked erratic at times, but the players eventually began to play with more synergy.
Chippa looked to capitalise of the disjointed defence of the Tshwane club but in the end it was to no avail as SuperSport tightened the back line.
SuperSport winger Bennett Chenene combined well with fellow attacking flanker Thuso Phala as they came close to doubling the team for their team.
Against the run of play, William Twala of Chippa made a good run into the opposition's final third, but his chance was scuffed by Mokeke in midfield.
As Chippa began to pile on the pressure on SuperSport, they left themselves vulnerable at the back as they pushed players ahead in search of an equaliser. – Sapa