FRI 24 JULY 2015, 17:45 , CAPE TOWN STADIUM

0 SuperSport Utd
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4 Crystal Palace

SuperSport lock horns with Crystal Palace

SuperSport lock horns with Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jul 22, 2015. 15:23

On their return to South Africa for the inaugural Cape Town Cup, English Premier League side Crystal Palace are scheduled to face Absa Premiership outfit SuperSport United in the first semifinal at Cape Town stadium on Friday night.

The match is set to give local football fanatics some exciting pre-season action as the Eagles have brought their full strength side. They were last in the country back in 1993 when they played Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs during the days of Mark Bright, Eric Young and John Solako.

Under the guidance of manager Alan Pardew, Palace have the likes of DRC winger Yanick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha who are all expected to set the stage alight.

However, Gordon Igesund’s men cannot be underestimated as they will hope to stamp their authority in the Mother City.

The Tshwane giants will arrive with their experienced players such as Jeremy Brockie, Thuso Phala and skipper in Clayton Daniels.

Asked whether Palace will be looking to scout players in Cape Town, the manager said: “Well, it’ll probably be unfair on our hosts to take their best players.

"You know if there’s an opportunity that a player really catches the eye then for sure we’d be interested because South Cape Town Cup is good for us if we got the right player,” said Alan Pardew.

“The most important thing is the team plays well, it’s good. And then hopefully we bring some entertainment to South Africa as well.”

To SuperSport's New Zealand international striker Brockie, the tournament could help them in their quest to challenge for silverware this season.

“I’m really looking forward to getting down to Cape Town," Brockie said.

“Obviously we’ve got two strong games down there so everything is going to plan and we’re just looking forward to the first game."

The match is scheduled to get underway at 17:45 and the iconic Cape Town Stadium is set to host the event.

Palace too strong for SuperSport

Palace too strong for SuperSport
David Mathebula of Supersport United evades challenge from Martin Kelly of Crystal Palace during the 2015 Cape Town Cup Football Match between Supersport United and Crystal Palace at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 24 July 2015

by Staff Reporter

Friday Jul 24, 2015. 19:43

Crystal Palace proved too strong for SuperSport United as they cruised to a 4-0 win in the first semifinal of the Cape Town Cup on Friday evening at Cape Town Stadium.

Goals from Mile Jedinak, Chung-Yong Lee, Jordan Mutch and Frazier Campbell in the first half sealed the deal for the Londoners.

As early as the third minute Palace captain Mile Jedinak led by example, beating SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams from close range to give his side an early 1-0 lead.

After the early goal, Palace kept on with the attack as SuperSport’s central defence zone of returnee Bongani Khumalo and debutant Michael Boxall looked shaky and out of sorts.

Williams made a few saves to ensure that the score remained reasonable. But in the 17th minute Palace sneaked through and found the back of the net through Chung-Yong Lee after Williams had given the ball away cheaply.

SuperSport striker Dove Wome did try to register his name on the score sheet in the 28th minute but had no success with his long range shot.

A minute later Jordon Mutch powered through on goal and left the defence flat-footed, scoring the third goal as Palace made things even harder for SuperSport United.

As if that was enough, five minutes later Fraizer Campbell also registered his name on the score sheet as he took the score to 4-0 with a deft finish from close range.

In the second half SuperSport coach Gordon Igesund made three changes bringing on Morne Nel, Grant Kekana and Kingston Nkhatha in place of Roscoe Pietersen, Michael Boxall and David Mathebula.

The changes worked well as SuperSport were far better in the second half with Jeremy Brockie giving the Palace defence some work to do.

Then in the 64th minute Williams pulled off a great save denying Bamford a goal which would have seen his side trailing by 5-0.

Palace new signing Yohan Cabaye, a second half substitute, tried to find another goal for his team but SuperSport’s defence was well alert.

Towards the dying minutes of the match, the visitors received a free kick and it was Cabaye who took a chance on goal, but Williams was alert and made a good save.

Crystal Palace were worthy winners and will play in Sunday’s Final.

SuperSport United 0
Crystal Palace (4) 4 (Jedinak 3’ Chung-Yong Lee 17’ Mutch 29' Campbell 34')

Starting Lineup

SuperSport Utd : Ronwen Williams, Clayton Daniels, Sibusiso Khumalo, Roscoe Pietersen, Bongani Khumalo, Michael Boxall, Lebogang Manyama, David Mathebula, Dove Wome, Thuso Phala, Jeremy Brockie

Crystal Palace : Wayne Hennessey, Pape Souaré, Martin Kelly, Brede Hangeland, Scott Dann, Chung-Yong Lee, Mile Jedinak, Jason Puncheon, Joe Ledley, Jordon Mutch , Fraizer Campbell

Live Commentary

Welcome to a chilly Cape Town Stadium where in just under half an hour the Cape Town Cup will kick off.
1' The match is underway!
2' Palace are in a white strip while SuperSport are playing in yellow.
3' Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) scores!
4' Early goal for Palace following a corner that was not cleared properly by SuperSport. Captain Mile Jedinak with a goal from close range.
8' Palace with a shot at goal, but Williams saves easily. The pitch is wet and the ball is zipping around nicely.
12' Both teams beginning to settle on the ball now after some slippery early moments on the greasy surface.
12' Free kick to Palace from the left flank after a clumsy foul.
13' Williams saves the set piece low to his right, no problem for the keeper.
17' Chung-Yong Lee (Crystal Palace) scores!
18' Bad mistake by Ronwen Williams where he gives the ball away to an opponent and Chung-Yong buries the ball into the corner.
23' SuperSport trying to find their passing rhythm to get themselves back into this game.
24' But the SuperSport defenders, Daniels, Boxall, Khumalo and Pietersen are struggling and keep getting caught out.
28' Dove Wome with a good through ball but just too much power on it to trouble Palace's defence.
29' Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace) scores!
31' Way too easy for Jordan Mutch to run through on goal and score. Where was the SuperSport defence?
34' Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) scores!
36' Jason Puncheon is punching holes in the SuperSport defence as Palace take a firm grip on this game.
42' Corner kick to Palace who continue to ask questions of the SuperSport defence.
45' A minute of additional time to go.
45' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
46' SuperSport Utd: Kingston Nkhatha replaces David Mathebula
46' SuperSport Utd: Grant Kekana replaces Michael Boxall
46' SuperSport Utd: Morne Nel replaces Roscoe Pietersen
46' Crystal Palace: Patrick Bamford replaces Fraizer Campbell
46' Crystal Palace: Sullay Kaikai replaces Jason Puncheon
47' Three changes immediately for SuperSport as Igesund yanks off debutant Boxall who struggled in the first half.
52' Close shave for SuperSport as Brockie fires in a curler, but the keeper saves well.
56' Better attacking showing by SuperSport now, but Palace are doing well to snuff out any danger in the 18 area.
59' Crystal Palace: Yohan Cabaye replaces Jordon Mutch
59' Crystal Palace: Christian Scales replaces Pape Souaré
62' Brockie with a long range shot which just goes wide of goal. Good pressure from SuperSport.
64' Williams stops what would have been goal number five, saving from Bamford.
70' Palace's star signing Cabaye getting some touches on the ball. Will there be a goal this half?
71' Nkhatha strays offside as SuperSport look to turn the Palace defence around.
72' Shot across goal by SuperSport. Close shave.
74' SuperSport Utd: Bradley Grobler replaces Jeremy Brockie
75' SuperSport Utd: Luvolwethu Mpeta replaces Sibusiso Khumalo
81' Good work by Cabaye on the attack. But SuperSport recover in time to snuff out the danger.
86' Last five minutes now and Palace still sitting comfortable at 4-0. Better second half by SuperSport though.
90' Free kick for Palace after Cabaye very involved in an attacking move. The Frenchman hits the target, but Williams saves.
90' SuperSport stray offside as they make a push for a goal in the dying seconds.
90' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
SEMI FINALS CAPE TOWN STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS CRYSTAL PALACE GOALS
24. Chung-Yong Lee (17')
22. Jordon Mutch (29')
15. Mile Jedinak (3')
9. Fraizer Campbell (34')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP CRYSTAL PALACE STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
13
Defender
19
Defender
4
Defender
4
Defender
34
Defender
46'
5
Defender
59'
23
Defender
46'
16
Defender
6
Defender
75'
3
Midfielder
17'
24
Midfielder
46'
24
Midfielder
46'
42
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
29'
59'
22
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
3'
15
Forward/Striker
74'
11
Forward/Striker
34'
46'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Morne Nel
Midfielder
46'
17
Sullay Kaikai
Midfielder
46'
25
Grant Kekana
Defender
46'
20
Patrick Bamford
Forward/Striker
46'
8
Kingston Nkhatha
Forward/Striker
46'
10
Christian Scales
Defender
59'
30
Bradley Grobler
Forward/Striker
74'
7
Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder
59'
7
Luvolwethu Mpeta
Midfielder
75'
27
CARDS
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury