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Sundowns beat 10-man Wits

Posted: 8 December 2009 Time: 21:51

A goal by Katlego Mphela in the second half helped Mamelodi Sundowns beat 10-man Bidvest Wits 1-0 at the Super Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wits have now gone without a win in 12 matches after Mphela's headed goal, a 57th minute red card for captain Tefu Mashamaite and a disallowed first half effort by Kadi sealed their fate.

Sundowns struggled in the first half with little cohesiveness despite edging the position over Wits who were more direct and quick with their attacking.

In truth, there was little excitement in the opening 45 minutes as the home side seemed content to sit back and allow their visitors to come at them.

The Clever Boys did have the ball in Downs' net in the 19th minute but the goal was disallowed when Mark Haskins beat the offside trap, rounded keeper Brian Baloyi but instead of going for goal, Haskins then passed to Calvin Kadi who netted into an empty net but was ruled offside by referee Victor Hlungwani on the insistence of his assistant Stephen Moshotle. The call looked marginal.

The Students kept up the pressure throughout the opening half but couldn't get the goal to break the a 0-0 scoreline – which remained until half-time.

In the second half, Katlego Mphela failed to capitalise on a goalkeeping mistake from Wits teenager Darren Keet in the 52nd minute.

The tide of the match turned for goal in the 57th minute though. The Students' skipper and defensive lynchpin Mashamaite was shown a straight red card by referee Hlungwani after the defender pulled down Mphela who was racing for goal and was moving into a goal-scoring position.

Two minutes later Keet produced a tremendous save to deny Downs hard working midfielder anchorman Matthew Pattison a goal when he tipped Pattison's goal bound shot over his crossbar.

From that moment on the pressure from Sundowns on Wits became relentless, despite Wits' coach Roger de Sa attempting to reshape his team with tactical substitutions.

The pressure finally told six minutes from time when Mphela brought his goal tally in the league to 13. He headed home Pelembe's 84th minute corner to give Downs three valuable points and keep them in the title race.

Previous comments on this story...

Gucci Man
posted: 11:39 am
Well done to Bafana Bastlayela , but I would expect the heading of this story to be like = CONTROVERSIAL WIN FOR DOWNS

A clear goal was disallowed !!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:49 am
Motlanalo: 2009-12-09 10:21 [ Report ]
just been there and voted him...lovers and haters go vote!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:58 am
2 my kc friends...boys if we can start by teams who were robbed by kc,we'l probably go 4 da whole week(we stil wanna b compensated 4 our rothman cup)only dis month i saw 3 incidents..1st it was supersport,santos was fisted 4 da 2nd tym(do u stil remember arthur zwane)evn amazulu got a clear penalty b4 da game was cancelled...@thabo..its nutin new my bro-if u remember las season,teko scored 3 goals n moriri comin frm da injury scored 5 bt i saw teko bein interviewed on tv abt his rich reign of form
Anonymous
posted: 02:44 pm
Ja ne! luck has really turned against my boys with the refs cashing in as well! It is about time that these useless illiterate referees are taken to task -
Daylight robbery like this can only happen when one plays against these overrated so called big teams!
sies man! my boys exposed ya'll big time again and I am glad to see that the Wits that started at the beginning of the season is back!
I hope SSU beat the s..t out of you!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 03:07 pm
Editor
Your statement would read better if you said "Mark Haskins beat the offside trap, rounded keeper Brian Baloyi and unselfishly passed to Calvin Kadi who netted into an empty net but was shockingly ruled offside by another Jonas Nlapo prodigy!!!

These referees must be taken to task as we cannot continue to have these blatant mistakes!
Anonymous
posted: 04:07 pm
i believe that Mpela is the player of the month than that camel
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