PSL : Mamelodi Sundowns maintain their Tshwane Derby Dominance
Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their dominance over Supersport United with their 9th Tshwane Derby win at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon
Bafana ba style got their 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign off to a great start as they beat SuperSport United 2-0
Hlompho Kekana and Themba Zwane goals in each half made sure that the Brazilians earn the much deserved and wanted three points saw them shrug off last weekend’s shock exit from the MTN8 at the hands of Maritzburg United.
Mamelodi Sundowns need the win to make up for being booted out of the MTN by Maritzburg United last week.
The new Sundowns players Oupa Manyisa and George Lebese started the game for Sundowns
The first 15 minutes saw both teams trying to settle down and dominate
The game came alive when Sundowns’ Khama Billiat who is rumoured to be unhappy and wanting to leave Sundowns saw his goal-bound shot brilliantly blocked by Clayton Daniels on 25 minutes
Supersport United were not going to play dead and absorb the pressure as they launched their own attack when Bradley Grobler almost caught goalkeeper Denis Onyango in possession near his goal-line.
The game saw Aubrey Modiba been given a new role as he ventured more forward than usual and it wasn’t a surprise when he advanced forward and took a long-range that beat Onyango but couldn’t beat the crossbar just past the half hour mark
It was captain fantastic Hlompho Kekana who broke the deadlock on 33 minutes when his toe poked shot from near the edge of the box beat Ronwen Williams’ right hand as the led Brazilians 0 -1
In the dying minutes of the first half, Percy Tau went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Reneilwe Letsholonyane, referee Victor Gomes to waved play on.
That made the Sundowns fans and technical team very angry to the point that the was a confrontation between Gomes and Sundowns Technical team in the break
The game went to the break with the Brazilians leading 0 -1
In the second half, Sundowns started where they left off giving Matsatsantsa a terrible time. Yeye seemed not to cope well with the pace of Sundowns attackers in the middle of the park as they started defending way too deep
A mistake by Daniels near the center line cost Matsatsantsa as Billiat disposed him before laying off the ball to Mshishi who had to do some work still.
Zwane “Mshishi” brilliantly made his way into the box beating the Supersport defenders before unleashing a low shot beyond an outstretched Williams his near post to double the lead in the 50th minute.
Onyango denied Grobler goal after his header from Thuso Phala’s free kick save tipped over the bar
Supersport ended the game with ten men after their captain Dean Furman was sent off for a second bookable offence
SuperSport United 0
Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Kekana 33’, T. Zwane 51’)
SuperSport: Williams, Modiba, Daniels, Gould, Bhasera, Phala, Furman, Letsholonyane (Mokoena 59’), Mnyamane (Nhlapo 59’), Grobler, Brockie (Mbule 78’)
Sundowns: Onyango, Morena, Madisha, Soumahoro, Langerman, T. Zwane, Kekana, Manyisa, Lebese (Zakri 56’), Billiat, Tau (Laffor 77’)
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