2013 Nedbank Cup - Chiefs scrape past United to book a final berth

Kaizer Chiefs booked their place in the 2013 Nedbank Cup final with a 2-1 win over a spirited United FC side at the FNB stadium on Saturday evening.

The Premier Soccer League leaders stay on course to win the double this season thanks to first half goals from Lehlohonolo Majoro and George Lebese. United FC?s goal was scored by Walter Maponyane.

United FC were eager to unsettle the Premier Soccer League leaders early on but instead conceded a goal in the fifth minute of the match.

Bernard Parker got on the end of a beautiful through ball over the top of the Vultures? defence from Siphiwe Tshabalala before squaring the ball to Lehlohonolo Majoro who tapped in from close range.

George Lebese extended the Amakhosi?s lead 19 minutes later. The winger nodded in past Mpandle after Majoro?s shot from just outside the area rattled the crossbar and the post before falling favourably for Lebese, who made no mistake to deepen the minnow?s problems.

United FC nearly pulled one back in the 32nd?minute of the tie. Thabo Makgothi was disposed brilliantly by Itumeleng Khune before Willard Katsande cleared a Siyabulela Shai effort off the line.

Chiefs deservedly went into the break two goals to the good. The Soweto giants created the better chances of the half despite United enjoying the lion?s share of the possession.

Majoro had a great opportunity to complete his brace in the 54th?minute of the game. The striker got on the end of a through ball from Parker but couldn?t hit the target with only the keeper to beat.

The Vultures captain Walter Maponyane scored from the penalty spot in the 81st minute of the game after Tefu Mashamaite was adjudged to have pulled a United FC player?s shirt inside the area. Maponyane converted confidently from the spot to make for a nervy final few minutes.

United FC piled on the pressure in the final few minutes but the Amakhosi?s defence stood tall to subsequently hand the Premier Soccer League leaders a win over the National First Division side.

Chiefs will face either Platinum Stars or SuperSport United in the final of South Africa?s version of the FA Cup. Dikwena and Matsatsantsa clash heads in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

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