Downs come right against minnows
Posted: 18 April 2010 Time: 16:54
Mamelodi Sundowns came from a goal behind in the first half to eventually run out comfortable 3-1 winners against amateur side Island FC at the Ulundi Stadium on Sunday.
Lindani Zungu opened the scoring for the home side before Sundowns came back into it with a brace from Matti Pattison and one from Felix Katongo.
The side from Pretoria showed just how potent on attack they can be when Katongo broke clear of the home side’s defence in the first minute of play, but Island keeper Morena Lekhula came off his goal line in nick of time to deny the speedy winger.
Sundowns Manqoba Ngwenya was rather casual when James Mayinga picked him out with a well weighted cross after 20 mintues, the striker who was making his first start of the season fired a tepid attempt which failed to trouble Lekhula.
However, credit must be given to Island, who play in the Vodacom League, for not being overwhelmed by their more illustrious opponents.
There was no lack of commitment or effort on their part and it was hardly surprising when Island took the lead in the 23rd minute through a well taken goal from their striker Lindani Zungu who fired confidently after beating Sundowns off-side trap.
But the visitors flexed their muscles a minute before the half time whistle, when defensive midfielder Pattison leveled matters with a composed header from Katongo’s cross.
Sundowns looked to up the pace in second half, and by the hour mark they found the back of the net on two more occasions.
First Pattison completed his brace by rounding off with aplomb after being set up by an excellent through ball from his midfield partner, Esrom Nyandoro.
Then, Elias Pelembe located the unmarked Katongo in Island’s penalty area. Katongo responded by side footing his effort beyond a stranded Lekhula.