Sundowns sink Pirates
Posted: 25 November 2009 Time: 21:30
Mamelodi Sundowns beat Orlando Pirates 2-0 in an Absa Premiership clash played at Super Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The goals were scored by Luvhengo Mungomeni and Benedict Vilakazi.
This win over Pirates will serve as a huge morale booster as Sundowns launch a late chase on runaway leaders SuperSport United, who beat Kaizer Chiefs in the other big game of Wednesday night.
Sundowns got off to a dream start when Mungomeni managed to head home despite pressure from Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs as his defence failed to deal with a dipping free-kick from Elias Pelembe, who was named the man-of-the-match.
The Brazilians were clearly the better side in the opening half as they created more chances and enjoyed the lions share of the possession and this frustrated Pirates’ game plan as their wingers Phenyo Mongalo and Dikgang Mabalane saw little action and this resulted in poor supply to strikers Mbuyane and Katlego Mashego.
In the 32nd minute, Pelembe disposed Mabalane in what looked like an obstruction that was not spotted by referee Charl Theron and unleashed a powerful shot from outside the box that ricocheted from the cross-bar with Josephs well beaten.
Pirates missed out on a golden opportunity to draw level when Mabalane ballooned his shot from inside the box with only Baloyi to beat after being released by Mashego two minutes from the break.
Lebohang Mokoena was denied an opportunity to score against his former club by Josephs in the 52nd minute as once again the Pirates defence was caught napping in dealing with a Sundowns cross from the right wing.
Sundowns ensured the three points as Pelembe delivered a low pass to Vilakazi who beat Josephs as Pirates suffered their fourth defeat of the season and they have a mountain to climb to refresh their faint title aspirations.