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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...

Anonymous
posted: 07:44 am
Why SSP were not given a penalty??????

Who ever called for Gavin to be BB might change his decision now, THIS GUY IS A DISGRACE. He thinks when the big teams he must not loose and when he does, then it all "F" WORDS----WHY?????
Anonymous
posted: 07:45 am
I would like to comend our coach for turning Downs around, free kicks are now goal scoring opportunities which is not common in SA but LA Liga and English Premiership!

Congrats to Downs for bringing back some sparks into our lovely football after everyone had declared SSU as league winners before the end of the season!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:01 am
I would like to comend our coach for turning Downs around, free kicks are now goal scoring opportunities which is not common in SA but LA Liga and English Premiership!

Congrats to Downs for bringing back some sparks into our lovely football after everyone had declared SSU as league winners before the end of the season!!!
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:06 am
Sundowns is on course, I said it before the Wits game 1st round game, they have a coach, it's just a matter of time, the return of Alex, the only thing they need to do is to get rid of Ted
Anonymous
posted: 08:10 am
I can't wait for the league standings at the end of February 2010. Shock is what PSL followers should prepare themselves for.
Anonymous
posted: 08:12 am
A very narrow escape,but We shud have killed them the 1st half,Theres' still a long way to go,but we look set for the championship,We have open the league wide open now.even the Soweto teams are invited to challenge,No one knows for sure where diz title is going,But it look set for Chloorkop,A very well balanced Sundowns,Like i sad,the Days of SIEKA TIENE ARE BACK,SHAPA DOWNS'
Anonymous
posted: 08:16 am
SIBUSISO: 2009-12-23 07:42

Sbuda, I say shock is what people should prepare themselves for on 28 Feb 2010. The log standings then will take some to hospitals...
"Ka Bo Yello"
posted: 08:19 am
They refused us Klate..but forgot Pelembe has got recipe for setpieces..How sweet that we beat them in their trademark 'Freekicks..

Sundowns is the only team filled with quality,the rest of the teams are filled with cows
"Ka Bo Yello"
posted: 08:23 am
They refused us Klate..but forgot Pelembe has got recipe for setpieces..How sweet that we beat them in their trademark 'Freekicks..

Sundowns is the only team filled with quality,the rest of the teams are filled with cows
Anonymous
posted: 08:27 am
Dankie sundawana.....Pattison ke skhokho
Anonymous
posted: 08:30 am
Yesterday was a very hectic day with cheaps folks going nywe,nywe,nywe the whole day. Sibaval' imilomo yabo emikhulu.

To Masandawana this was/is one of the best christmas gift.We thank the coach, his technical staff, players, supporters and management.

I m so happy of Mungomeni and young Xulu... these boys are a marvel to watch.Pattison's ball control is amazing. I m also happy that we beat them with their own medicine....free kick. Pelembe all the best in Afcon, u have done your job here at ' home'.

Otherwise 2day's games are just meaningless so to speak. Kuyadlalwa njeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Anonymous
posted: 08:32 am
Sundowns won 3 away games and 1 home game in 10 days that is magnificent, I salute you.
Anonymous
posted: 08:34 am
shapa sundawana shaaapa,those who have mouth can talk we have talent we display sorry ma chips sorry it was a test of charactor game and the best side won.
Anonymous
posted: 08:35 am
shapa sundawana shaaapa,those who have mouth can talk we have talent we display sorry ma chips sorry it was a test of charactor game and the best side won.
Anonymous
posted: 08:38 am
weii done masandawana great support great game i think we can challenge leaque championship with determination we display for those who talk toomuch let them talk thats what they do best
Thabang [The KHOSI One]
posted: 08:41 am
erence: 2009-12-23 07:41 [ Report ]

He he he he ERENCE, it wasnt me man, he he he! Congrats to the CIRCUS. But damn that SS4 Zane Moosa guy irritates the hell out of me.

Sbuda, BrokeFan....A lot of people are going to be shoked come Feb 2010,

The KHOSI One
Anonymous
posted: 08:45 am
Brokefan and Sbuda, keep on dreaming bafethu...!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:58 am
Wonder : 2009-12-23 08:45

Mfethu...this not a dream, its a reality, UZOBONA come end of the season
Anonymous
posted: 09:09 am
SBUSISO,Brokenfan,Thabang&all other Cheap Chips fans dream on Fellas it's nice to dream but u should've dreamed at the begining of the season not only lastnyt.We at Downs dreamnt during pre-season&all of u laughed at us when we were losing friendly games left,ryt¢re.We knew all along that our dreams wasn't to win friendlies,bt the big one"LEAGUE TITLE"!!!Whilst u guys were sleeping¬ dreaming we were busy building the dream team.The fruits of those dreams are there for everyone to see now.The win against Wits was a perfact launching pad to take the team to where it 2day.The last two wins over our arch-enemies was just an icing on an otherwise sweet cake.
Anonymous
posted: 09:15 am
They always talk of a circus but just try this one: The supporters & players of cheaps keep on talking about the league but Vikizembe threw in the towel immediately after the bashing by SSU about a month ago.Is this not a circus.

Talk of passengers saying their bus (from Joburg- Harare) will reach its destination in time, with the driver arguing that they will have a breakdown.
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