Brockie brace propels SuperSport United to MTN8 final
Jeremy Brockie showed no signs of any sulk after SuperSport United turned down his transfer request.
He passed a half century of goals for Matsatsantsa a Pitori as the club reached a third successive final.
The youthful Maritzburg United, who collected a single point in the first leg in Pretoria, were taught a good lesson here yesterday in their MTN8 semifinal, second leg tie.
Brockie, who handed in a transfer request in a bid to move to neighbours Mamelodi Sundowns but was turned down by the club, missed the first leg because he was not in the right frame of mind.
The 29-year-old scored his 50th goal for SuperSport in the 14th minute with a header from close range and added another in similar fashion just before half time.
It ensured a 3-1 aggregate triumph for the visitors, who are now in a third final in a row after finishing as runners-up in the Telkom Knockout in December and winning the Nedbank Cup in May.
SuperSport were just smarter than their rookie opponents, who had dreams of a first final appearance after a credible 1-1 draw last month. Maritzburg were also let down by a lack of patience, poor decision-making and playing the match at high tempo.They should also have been down to 10 men before half time after a horror tackle from teenager Siphesihle Ndlovu on Grant Kekana. It was a two-footed lunge on the shin of Kekana but experienced referee Victor Hlungwani only issued him a caution.
But Maritzburg also had cause for complaint when a legitimate penalty appeal was turned down just three minutes after SuperSport had taken the lead.
Evans Rusike was impeded by Morgan Gould, who tugged him back by his shirt, as he was trying to get onto a square ball from Bandile Shandu in the penalty area.
Brockie scored from a superb cross from overlapping leftback Aubrey Mothiba, perfectly weighted to allow the Kiwi to get in between a static defence and head home despite the efforts of keeper Bongani Mpandle.