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Cosmos give Downs a scare

Posted: 1 November 2009 Time: 17:32

Mamelodi Sundowns came from behind to beat Jomo Cosmos 3-1 on Sunday.

Daniel Gabarone scored in the opening minutes to send Ezenkosi into a surprise lead, but second-half strikes from Katlego Mphela and Benedict Vilakazi put the Brazilians in charge of the match.

Siyabonga Ngubane added a third in injury time.

Cosmos got off to a flyer. Gabarone was allowed to run free on goal, after a good pass from Bongani Theletsane, and the youngster calmly placed the ball past Brian Baloyi to hand Cosmos a 1-0 lead.

Sundowns looked for an immediate reply, but Papi Zothwane’s drive from outside the box flew over the crossbar and Esrom Nyandoro had similar luck with a 16th minute effort from 30 yards out.

On 27 minutes Mabhuti Khenyeza tried a curler from just outside the penalty that was narrowly wide of goal, while strike partner Katlego Mphela did hit the target with a free-kick a short later, but Phali made a comfortable save.

Five minutes before the break Cosmos almost doubled their lead, with Sekou Camara driving the ball just wide of Sundowns’ goal after a good cross from Gabarone.

Sundowns continued to struggle in attack in the early stages of the second half, but on 56 minutes the match turned in their favour. Lebohang Mokoena produced a fine cross from the right flank and an unmarked Mphela turned the ball home to make it 1-1.

Mphela’s strike made him the first man to hit double figures in goals scored in the 2009/10 Absa Premiership season.

Downs substitute Benedict Vilakazi put the hosts into the lead for the first time on the hour mark, scoring just a couple of minutes after replacing Zothwane. The midfielder stabbed the ball past Phali from close range after Cosmos had failed to clear their lines from a corner kick.

Any hopes Cosmos had of getting back into the game were snuffed out with just over ten minutes to play when defender Ousmane Berthe received his second yellow card for a foul on Nyandoro and was dismissed.

Sundowns wrapped up the game when substitute Ngubane scored a third deep into injury time.


Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:37 pm
Downs to the Skies!
posted: 05:41 pm
posted: 05:50 pm
sundowns warocka
posted: 05:50 pm
That is how you do it Mr Vilakazi, let your performance do the talking. I am happy the coach is giving alot of guys a chance. To the haters out there get yourselves medical aid.
posted: 05:54 pm
I am dissapointed the way cosmos approach the game on the second half. You cant defend one goal.
posted: 05:57 pm
Turning on the style. The haters will be quiet at least until Wednesday then we will be on top of both the giants.
posted: 05:58 pm
Tso, thats how you do your talking mfana, refrain from making those stupid remarks on the media

Ngubane is showing signs of greatness with the few deft touches he made and the calmness he showed when slotting that ball in.

But the players attitude is not up to scratch, the coach really needs to work hard on that aspect.
posted: 06:00 pm
Tso dat wonderful boy ur fighting 4 XI I all support dem nd 2 goals came 4rm de substitute wht a win ngubane dat a football nd Tso stay at downs plzzzz
posted: 06:11 pm
jomo is going to be relegated once again, and im loving it, cause he is greedy more than the word greedy itself.
posted: 06:44 pm
There was no scare at all..... Cosmos had a single shot at goal and 1 goal scored in 90mins, which means madala`Brian donated as usual. Nx!

Lil`Ngubane showes great promise, as well as ol`Tso Vilakazi.... Good result if you take into account we`re in top 6! Downs all the way!
posted: 07:06 pm
If a player is on form why give him a rest,couse he will loose his touch.I'm talking about pelembe and siboniso.
posted: 07:10 pm
finaly the coach gave vilakazi a chance 2 prve tht its nt abwt 2 be short in ftbal nd i wsh mphela 2 be our strkr in 2010
posted: 07:14 pm
finaly the coach gave vilakazi a chance 2 prve tht its nt abwt 2 be short in ftbal nd i wsh mphela 2 be our strkr in 2010
posted: 07:21 pm
Wednesday Zothwane was out, weekend it was Pelembe and Katongo. The coach is trying to give everyone a chance so that we don't become a one man team and cry about our players being tired. We got a game on Wednesday and Saturday and we still a long way to go. Wednesday it didn't work but this time it worked, plus the guys who replaced Pelembe and Katongo both scored in this game.
posted: 07:26 pm
hehe w0w shapa vilakazi shapa...hahaha wher r amatalkative??? THE SKY IS DA LIMIT ALWAYS!
posted: 07:35 pm
I think Hristo is the rite coach for Downs. Lets give him a chance to build formidable team. i would also like to complement our development coz we dont rely on Zimbabwe for us to get de quality players. Xulu, Ngubane what a talent!
posted: 08:23 pm
Jomo sono is always critisizing national team coaches and acting like he knows fôotball better than other people.while his team have won one game in 13 matches and that was against aces.i hope cosmos gets the chop.we need professional clubs in the psl.
posted: 08:38 pm
Shaya Mphela Shaya. Ka bo yellow. where ws Pelembe?
posted: 08:47 pm
Keep it up downs
posted: 09:10 pm
The coach must never ever play the team he played against Platinum Stars. Sundowns is an attacking team and it shows when he puts in the right kind of players.
I just wonder why the coach is no longer playing Katongo ever since he scored against Celtics.
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