Atusaye Nyondo © Backpagepix
The University of Pretoria came away with all three points after beating Chippa United 2-1 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday evening.
It was a night on which the home side were to pay the price for not capitalising on numerous scoring chances, while the Pretoria team were clinical on the counter-attack, scoring after just three minutes through Geoffrey Massa and then Atusaye Nyondo making it 2-0 on 33 minutes before David Zulu pulled a goal back after the restart.
It was the visiting team who came out the blocks firing on all cylinders, taking the lead when Massa burst through on goal, showing good composure to lob the ball over Chippa goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng and into the net.
AmaTuks were for the most part happy to sit back and to invite the Chilli Boys to attack, before looking to hurt the home team on the counter-attack.
This resulted in more chances as Thabo Mosadi forced Motsoeneng into a save before Nyondo shot wide of goal on 10 minutes.
Chippa then managed to create a few opportunities, but William Twala was unable to force a save with his free kick before Zulu went wide of goal as the game approached the half hour mark.
But instead of an equalising goal, it was the men from Pretoria who were to increase their lead when Nyondo fired home an unstoppable grass-cutter.
The Eastern Cape side thought they had pulled a goal back just before the break, but Twala’s effort was ruled out for off-sides.
However, Chippa were finally on the score-sheet five minutes after the interval when former Black leopards striker Zulu registered his first goal for the club after an assist by Joseph Molangoane.
The goal saw the ante upped, with a result that the match became increasingly heated, with names from both sides going into the referee’s book on a regular basis.
The match saw to sway one way and then the other as both teams had chances to add to the score-line.
Chippa had opportunities through Zulu, but Washington Arubi held on safely, before punching Mbhuyiselo Sambu’s shot away from goal, while at the other end, Denver Mukamba was unable to make use of two opportunities that came his way.
The Chilli Boys ended the game by besieging the Tuks goal, but despite the valiant attempts of captain Andile Mbenyane, they just could not force an equaliser.
Chippa United (0) 1 (Zulu 50’)
University of Pretoria (2) 2 (Massa 4’, Nyondo 34’)
Chippa: Motsoeneng, Mvelase, Zulu, Sambu, Sangweni, Molangaone (Ntshingila 81’), Mbenyane, D Zulu, Twala, Maselwa, Khune (Zwane 44’)
Tuks: Arubi, Kekana, Shoyisa, Monyai, Sibande, Matsi, Ketjijire, Ntombayithethi, Mosadi (Mukamba 62’), Massa (Zwane 62’), Nyondo (Mnyamane 90’)
Article source: http://www.psl.co.za/article.asp?id=2592374