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Downs win Tshwane Derby

Posted: 22 December 2009 Time: 21:26

Mamelodi Sundowns have ensured the League title race will go down to the wire after beating SuperSport United 1-0 in the Tshwane Derby at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday night.

After dominating a goalless first half, Downs finally got their goal on the hour-mark when Luvengo Mungomeni rose highest to flick Elias Pelembe’s free-kick past Denis Onyango.

SuperSport completely dominated after that and missed a number of chances, though Brian Baloyi and Co deserve a lot of credit for some resolute defending.

The Brazilians started the first half like they had something to prove, with Franklin Cale and Pelembe causing havoc down the flanks.

Despite an early chance for Glen Salmon which hit the side-netting, it was all Sundowns. Mabhuti Khenyeza should have put his side ahead midway through the half after being played in by Katlego Mphela, but Onyango pulled off a fine save to deny the striker.

Hlompo Kekana and Daine Klate both had shots from the edge of the area which went wide, before Mphela’s left-footed curler from 20 yards out shaved the upright.

Gavin Hunt’s decision to replace the struggling Phelani Mpangase with Letladi Madubanya seemed to do the trick for United, who completely dominated after the break.

Klate found space in the area, but his weak shot trickled just wide, while Jabulani Maluleke, Brent Carelse and Madubanya tested Baloyi, who looked unbeatable on the ground, but was very suspect with any crosses into the area.

Then, on 59 minutes and completely against the run of play, Sundowns took the lead. Pelembe’s curling free-kick found Mungomeni, who rose highest to flick past Onyango.

The goal spurred SuperSport into action, but somehow they could just not get the ball in the back of the net. Baloyi pulled of a brilliant save to keep out Klate’s close-range drive, while Mungomeni cleared off the line with substitute Dario Monteiro waiting to tap home.

And with just minutes to go, Matthew Booth produced a world-class tackle to stop Bongani Khumalo’s goalbound shot, ensuring Sundowns the win – and the title race going down to the wire.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:31 pm
A narrow escape 4 us. A win is a win. Well done boys!
posted: 09:32 pm
sundowns this sundowns dat, da big mouths are closed now. humbe pie is being eaten by these morons.

African Brazil, uzoyi-zwa kahle i-mbanxo.
posted: 09:35 pm
Wonderful Makhosi! No we'll surely but slowly close the gap & take the lig on the last game...khosi 4 lyf!
posted: 09:36 pm
goals win matches and a clean sheet is gud for da african brazil, I repeat again a humble pie is being eaten by these morons, who is gona stop da brazilianz.
posted: 09:36 pm
ayeye. This is a win. A win is a win and thats a narrow win. Thanx downs.
posted: 09:37 pm
Viva stoichkov ubavala umlomo bonke abagxeki lomfana lo, gud planner,gud mathematician,gud motivator and gud coach and like a father to his team
posted: 09:43 pm
Didnt watch da game but from the live updates it sounds like a game of two halves, but quality prevailed. Whats left now is to tread with extra caution because every team we face wil b a potential banana skin...
posted: 09:48 pm
Kancane kancane we r edging closer.....7 games to go...If we can win 5 of those i think we can save our records from SSU...I so pity the haters...We beat SSU but i'd feel better bragging to cheaps morons because they have big mouths albeit useless
posted: 09:50 pm
Hehehehe...The Derby...Congratulations to Downs. Even Hunt used the F word tonight. This is one hell of the league. I am smiling again. Tomorrow it's us and the boys from the Zulu Kingdom. Hope we enjoy the game like we did with tonight's game. Shapa Circus Shapa...Ka bo yellow
posted: 09:52 pm
Nxa! Luckx win.again..bt @lest dey opened da gap.dey r nt far 4rm.we gona trap comsos 2morow.we wl trail 2pts bend sunbake. Da ppl"r da dark horse
posted: 09:53 pm
hehehehehehe THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRACTION has done it again i mean three of the so called big guns have fallen so hard Pattison oyinja ntwana Mr mamillions Periera is wathcing chana
RONA masandawana re ja joy for eva .......
posted: 09:54 pm
iku-phi le-mbuzi ingu-I luv sundowns fans, uya-bhuda lowo ma-eginye indayela. looooooooooooooool....
posted: 09:57 pm
Organisers, I guess a great topping to the xmas present we had over the weekend. I must admit though, today must have been our luckiest. I suppose it goes with being in a good winning streak. Our play wasn't impressive at all in the 2nd half. I thought we lacked creativity and composure. Brian, those distributions were low. The Sky!
posted: 09:57 pm
i don`t get it bathong this guys from NATULWAYO realy r dey still dreaming obout the leaque if it happens MUGABE will step down from presidency of ur homeland ........
posted: 09:57 pm
i-meant to say le-mbuzi i-ngu I luv sundowns fans (I hate brazil's fans)
posted: 09:58 pm
ROBALA KA NTHO, MADI A TSHOLOGE. As we ORGANISERS celebrate the win, the REST shiver with FEAR. I assure SSUNDOWNS HATERS that PAIN will always be defined whenever they think about:
Stop shooting Blanks, stick to the Point.
posted: 10:01 pm
I made a bet 2 mi 4rnd who is a circus fan.dat if we lus am gonna buy him 4 da rest of da festives.jhoo de goes mi walet..nd promisd nt 2 blogg here...bt wr stil @ da top i knw we gona win our remainin games nd stij take da league even though da gap has opend.bt downs shuld 4cus on deir remaining gams dey stil hv 2 play deir bigest rivals platinum staza
posted: 10:07 pm
Bari nywe nywe Sundowns izobashaya!

Shapa Sandawana Shapa...!!!!
posted: 10:10 pm
I mean drinks.4 da rest of da season.unathi lol am stil @ da top hun so no stres 4 me..da league is ours flowrz nd santos shuld fight 4 2n position.hha stil @ da top.gap or nt.u knw dat sayin so near nd yet so far...dats what ul b sayin @ da end of da season.let me gv u dis tim 2 enjoy ur narow win.whl am goin 2 hav a peacful sleep..am sitin on top of da world stil lukin down on u
posted: 10:11 pm
The boys were tired after playing so many games,especially the chiefs game,it really took a lot out of the boys.
This will compensate for games in the first round where i felt that we deserved better.
I like the fighting spirit of Supersport though.They showed it even when they lost to Arrows.
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