Posted on May 06, 2012 17:00
It was a day to forget for AmaZulu on the Sunday afternoon as they went down 3-0 to Supersport United and are automatically knocked out after yet another impressive but unlucky fight.
Usuthu had no answer for Gavin Hunt's men, with Thabiso Nkoana (35), Kermit Erasmus (75) and Sibusiso Zuma (88) getting on the score sheet for Matsatsantsa.
The result means this year's Nedbank Cup climax will be an all-Tshwane affair, with United to face Pretoria rivlas Sundowns, who overcame Free State Stars on Saturday evening.
Usuthu were desperately unlucky not to open the scoring after just two minutes as Siyabonga Vilane broke free of the defence before drilling his shot goalwards, but the ball crashed off the crossbar, and Mark van Heerden could only drag the rebound wide.
United came more into the game as the half drew on and had a good chance to score as the ball was clipped to the far post where Doutie came rushing in unmarked, but he couldn't get a toe to the ball, which bounced harmlessly out for a goal-kick.
Soon after the half-hour mark though United went ahead, Erasmus showing great control on the edge of the area before dropping his shoulder and losing his marker, and he unselfishly cut the ball back across for Nkoana who had the simple task of tapping home.
The Durban club pushed hard for an equaliser in the second half, but the grueling season appeared to be taking the toll on both sets of players, with the tempo fizzing out in the early stages after the restart.
However, it would be United again who found the back of the net, Nkoana doing brilliantly down the wing before cutting in and losing his marker, and although his effort was blocked point-blank, the ball bounced kindly for Erasmus who smashed home for his first goal of the season.
And with just two minutes remaining Matsatsantsa made sure of their progression. Tsweu Mokoro completely misjudged the flight of the ball into the area, and Zuma showed good skill to flick the ball up and over the second marker, turning quickly and firing in his shot home off the goalkeeper.