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Brent Carelse netted a brace for Sundowns.

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Sundowns dent United’s title hopes

Posted: 22 April 2008 Time: 21:58

Supersport United’s Absa Premiership title ambitions took a knock when they went down 3-1 to defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the Super Stadium on Tuesday night.

Sundowns’ Brent Carelse scored a brace, with Siboniso Gaxa pulling one back for Matsatsantsa before substitute Peter Ndlovu rounded off the scoring to increase the Brazilians’ chances of securing a top eight finish.

Both teams adopted an attacking approach and made their intentions clear from the start, with hosts Supersport United having an early Katlego Mashego strike ruled out for offside in the fourth minute.

Lerato Chabangu should have put the visitors ahead in the seventh minute when he produced a superb turn to put himself clear on goal, but his shot from just inside the area was well saved by Matsatsantsa keeper Andre Arendse.

However, there was not much Arendse could do about Sundowns’ goal a minute later, when Carelse latched onto a good cross by Surprise Moriri to slot home from close range.

Daine Klate played Katlego Mphela in on goal in the 25th minute, but the striker’s shot was superbly saved by visiting keeper Brian Baloyi.

Moriri almost doubled the visitors’ lead in the 32nd minute when he headed just wide at the near post from Chabangu’s corner.

Supersport had another scare five minutes later when Thabo September’s back-pass went wide of Arendse, who scrambled back just in time to clear the ball for a corner just before it crossed the goal-line, but the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper collided with the post as he did so and had to receive extensive treatment to his left leg. Fortunately the keeper was able to continue.

Sundowns threatened again two minutes before the break when Esrom Nyandoro played Luvhengo Mungomeni clear, but the defender sent his effort just wide of goal following superb pressure by the onrushing Arendse.

The score remained 1-0 at the break.

The second half got off to a slow start with the first real chance coming in the 68th minute when Sundowns launched a quick counter, culminating in Josta Dladla shooting high and wide from a very tight angle when he had both Moriri and Chabangu in better positions.

Daine Klate then sent a volley just wide of the Sundowns goal following a good build-up down the left by Supersport United.

Sundowns extended their lead in the 71st minute when Carelse completed his brace following a double save by Arendse off Dladla and Moriri respectively, before the former Ajax Cape Town midfielder slotted home.

Siboniso Gaxa ensured for a pulsating finish when he pulled one back with a scorching effort into the top corner from outside the area.

But the Brazilians restored their two-goal cushion a minute later when Ndlovu fired home after latching onto a flick by Moriri.

Sundowns move up to fourth place in the Absa Premiership, level on 38 points with Golden Arrows. Supersport remain top, three and five points clear of fellow title chasers Ajax Cape Town and Santos respectively, but the Cape Town duo both have a game in hand.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:03 pm
Ayeeeeeeeyeee, dlawaaaaaaaaaa mthakathi .
Anonymous
posted: 10:06 pm
Unstopable, unbeatable, untouchable, aba tshuswi ke marotho, ba shapa, sandawana ke sandawana .
Anonymous
posted: 10:08 pm
Operation THUPA FEELA!!!!!!!!
What more can you want?
Anonymous
posted: 10:10 pm
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Anonymous
posted: 10:12 pm
Hehehe dat's funny chegoane, operation dlaya dlaya dlaya hehe .
Anonymous
posted: 10:13 pm
Well well well, what can I say, we have only conceded 2 goals from our last 7 games, now this is the Sundowns I love, stingy as ever in defence.

I know soccer is a team effort but individual brilliance also plays a huge role, Carelse what a comeback my man, keep it up boy and well done to the players and to the technical team.
Anonymous
posted: 10:15 pm
NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR ME TO OPEN MY BIG MOUTH AND SAY AYEYE TO THE STYLISH TEAM AYEYE!!! IF YOU CANT BEAT THEM ON THE FIELD AT LEAST JOIN IN ON THEIR CELEBRATIONS. TO MR MOTSEPE I BLAME YOU FOR LOSING THIS LEAGUE YOU SHOULD HAVE FIRED GORDON DURING THE HALFWAY SEASON. ANYWAYS HAS ANYONE NOTICE IT TAKES AN HOUR FOR THE EDITOR TO POST A REPORT ON A DOWNS GAME IF WE HAVE WON. UP THE SKY CONGRATS BOYS I LOVE SUNDOWNS. Hola mahlinza hola
Anonymous
posted: 10:17 pm
It means shoeshine and piano is back or wht, welldone trott u make us proud man .
Anonymous
posted: 10:21 pm
ITS NICE BEING A SUNDOWNER YOU GET TO SMILE EVERYDAY WHILST OTHERS ARE FROWNING AT YOU NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEIR TEAMS ARE LOSING BUT ALSO FOR BEING CHARGED HIGHER PREMIUMS ON THEIR MEDICAL AIDS AS THEY ARE OF HIGHER RISK
Anonymous
posted: 10:21 pm
Hola to 2u man njabulo, mahlinza is happy vandag baba, shoeshine and piano .
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 pm
The sleeping giant has awaken!!! Bafana ba SUNDOWNS bana le style.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
Hey njabulo i rmber 2day whn u say u wnt 2 reduce ur comment coz u'll comment after game hehehe njabulo .
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
Heita masandawana, one jealous chiefs fans say d game agaisnt ssu will test downs character, manje sindlulile bathini ke manje .
Anonymous
posted: 10:34 pm
Where r chiefs fans mara, c'mon guys, we wanna here ur thoughts, we need those fingers on d computers magents, hola masandawana hola .
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
that was a fluke sunflowers
Anonymous
posted: 10:48 pm
i said it b4 SUNDOWNS r ready 4 a second spot of the league. This team is going somewhere now we on position 4. I know these duds they don have experience to stay on top, ask Pie-rates. They might suprise u, by drawing 2 games more and lose 2 game. Sundowns wont lose or draw. It clear now Mr Motsepe was little bit late in firing Gorden. I tell u these boyz will pocket 15million this season, mark my words. 4million is already on the bag, 6million of nedbank kings is ready for pocketing, en 5million is still on the shelves but is already being requested. Hats of Mr Moloto, u proved us wrong, u r indeed a great coach. Sundowns will be richer than league winner (underline that). These boyz r rich jealouse down.
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 pm
downs all the way baby,now we have to take caf champs
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 pm
stop dreaming ,just go to sleep so that u can dream of bieng chased by lion
Anonymous
posted: 10:58 pm
sunflowers it's winter now be careful,,,he,he,he,he u gonna wit
Anonymous
posted: 11:12 pm
Moloto should been considered for bafana job. This guy is great, en is the best. Phela we were b4 Moloto took over, we were gunning 4 Mvela, thanks to Mr Motsepe 4 firing that Mlungu. How on earth can a white man work 4 a black person? But things have change heheheheihehe
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