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Downs falter against Cosmos

Posted: 24 February 2010 Time: 21:35

Jomo Cosmos played like their life depended on it, beating Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 in an entertaining encounter, and keeping their chances of avoiding relegation alive.

The hosts took the lead in the fifth minute, when Papi Mngomezulu turned home Thabiso Hlalele’s pin-point pass with a deft back-heel.

They netted a second in the final minute of the game when Siza Dlamini converted an 89th minute penalty.

Sundowns were aware that SuperSport United were losing their game to Bidvest Wits, but in one of their most crucial matches of the season they were unable to lift themselves and break down a resilient defensive Cosmos performance.

Cosmos stunned Sundowns when, with their first real foray up field, they took the lead. It came after some good work by Hlalele on the right flank saw the Cosmos midfielder dazzle his way past James Mayinga to set himself free.

With all the time in the world he managed to turn in an accurate pass to Mngomezulu inside the Sundowns six yard area, who flicked the ball with his heel past a bemused Calvin Marlin and a static Sundowns defence to give Cosmos the lead.

The home team was playing like they wanted to avoid relegation and were able to keep possession for lengthy periods. One of these spells on 14 minutes saw Norman Smith able to set free Diarra on the left edge of the Sundowns 18 yard area.

With only Marlin to beat he panicked and shot across goal, missing the target when he should have instead picked his spot and had Cosmos two goals to the good ahead.

Three minutes after that and Matthew Booth set free Katlego Mphela with a superb long ball played along the ground towards the striker, who picked up the ball and stormed down the right before cutting it across to Papi Zothwane.

The lanky midfielder, stationed inside the Cosmos danger zone, was able to walk with the ball towards goal unmarked before letting fly at goal, only for Avril Phali to come up with an amazing one hand save to block the ball and keep his team in the lead.

Ezenkosi continued to search for an insurance goal and when the opportunities did fall for them they failed to capitalise. Smith was the guilty party in the 31st minute when put through on goal by Gaberone: in a one on one situation with Marlin he shot into the Sundowns side netting.

Franklin Cale forced Phali into making a save when he unleashed a powerful shot at goal from 20 yards out from the right edge of the Cosmos 18 yards area after being set up by Khenyeza. The first half ended with Cosmos leading 1-0.

Soon after the restart Cosmos failed to \ deal with a troublesome ball from the right taken by Cale. Although the ball bounced over their defence they let off as Zothwane, who was unmarked at the back post, could not make contact with the ball and head home.

Sundowns were getting desperate for the equaliser and were throwing men up front in search of the goal which would keep them in the title hunt. Cosmos managed to get enough bodies behind the ball to thwart Sundowns’ wave after wave of attacks.

They hit Sundowns with a swift counterattack in the 58th minute. As Gaberone collected the ball in his own half he raced up the field and from around 20 yards from goal he blasted the shot, Marlin judged the flight of the ball and half crouched got down to make the save.

One would have betted a month’s wages on Mphela drawing Sundowns level in the 65th minute when he found himself free and unmarked on the end of Elias Pelembe’s beautifully floated ball. Somehow, with no one in front of him and with a free header at goal, Mphela headed the ball over the Cosmos upright.

In the final minute of regulation time Sundowns finally saw their hopes of landing a sixth PSL title evaporate when James Mayinga brought down Norman Smith in the penalty area to hand Cosmos a spot-kick.

Dlamini stepped up and buried the ball past Marlin to destroy any hopes Sundowns had of taking the title race to the final day of the season.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:59 pm
so tell me masandawana...how does it feel being second best?
yer, julle het ge-flop!!
The Ghost
posted: 12:25 am
Where was all this fight from Jomo Cosmos all this time. Shame, can't help but feel sorry for 'Downs.
posted: 07:31 am
Franco : 2010-02-24 23:49 [ Report ]

sunflops' three league titles in a row is broken

Point of correction Bra, it is not broken but is equal, if supersport wins it for the 4th time then its Broken bra.
posted: 07:53 am
Let me take this opportunity and congratulate SSU.Guys yov didn't play well but you were consistent hence you're CHAMPS.Enjoy the fruits of your hard work.To my team hard luck,but thank you for playing the most entertaining Soccer in the PSL this season.Thank you for qualifying for the CÂF CHAMPS LEAGUE.While everyone is celebrating us not winning the LEAGUE,let's use the very same passion&agression into the Cup Competitions.I believe with the kinda form we showed i see no reason why we can't win one of the Cups on offer.
Big Dude
posted: 08:04 am
Talk about cracking under pressure. They failed to rise to the occasion when it mattered most.
posted: 08:07 am
Back to the drawing board the boys.Next season we must not wait until the last minute.Consistency is the way.I see nothing wrong as we started slowly this season with a new coach & players.Lets not change the squad as the boys are gelling well.Sandilands must start the last game and take it from there.Eish the nightmare is over now.It least collect one cup & cheer us up before the World Cup.Yellow Sandawana.
posted: 08:28 am
Jomo played well and defended well last night......I wish Bra J survives automatic relagation. Cogratulations to SSU. The beauty of collecting points early in the season is that when things become tough towards the end u have a better chance of surviving. Well done to Hunt and ZCC, you guys have equalled Downs' record!
posted: 08:41 am
jomo,lets hope ajax does you a favour by beating or drawing with aces...theyll be fighting for top 8 too,and dont dissapoint,win ur last game,i know with ur muti playoffs are walk in the park for u

Dlhaya Jomo Dlhaya
posted: 09:00 am
@Franco : 2010-02-24 23:58 [ Report ]

Kali's midgit girlfriend sleeps over at his place. In the morning Kali lends her his sunflops jersey bcos her top looked very dirty but the girlfriend responded:

"jesseess...o ntlwela gampe. O nyaka gore batho ba bone gore ke tswa go jewa?

lol good one
Champ Thivhu
posted: 09:02 am
Champ Thivhu
posted: 09:12 am
DR Ndivhuwo (traditional doctor) was found outside the stadium (Rand) with his T-shirt off, wearing a tiger's skin. He was trying to bring the rain at the stadium only, so that the game should be abandoned. Unfortunately his magic didnt work at Rand, but worked at Attrechville when the sprinkler starts by itself, and the game was stoped for few minutes. He said, "we do better when we are replaying the match"
posted: 09:31 am

i saw the sprinkler story, i was like really how low can Circus go hehehehehe

But this is what Jomo does best, uyaphazamisa LOL..he must go and never come back, where was Surprise 'MKHULULI' Moriri??
posted: 09:39 am
Hey wena Sweyts leave lesotho out of this. It's your self proclaimed quality that let you down not the Mountain Kingdom. The fact is Sundowns is joking in style. Ke bafana ba style. Good lesson Mjomana.

Khosi 4 lyf.
posted: 09:46 am
Hey guys lets start contributing for Kali. He is having a headache. He might suffer from menengitis(sp) or something very complicated. He can't even comment. hehehehe. He he, none stopoing us but rain he he he. Where is that now. Say that and Mjomane makes you smell coffee and you come back to your senses. Silence in court.

Shaya Mjomane shaaaaaaaaaaaaya.
posted: 09:51 am
Bra J is a friend of Ptrice Motsepe and 10 000 000 is nothing compared to their friendship and loosing PSL status. This game was played on basis of a gentlemans agreement. Sundowns tried hard enough but business is business, sorry guys. Who said there are no politics in sports.
posted: 10:02 am
I must admit that i am dissappointed in my team.but they tried,it was just not meant to be keep your heads up boys next seaon you will make it.Now make us proud by winning at least one silverware in the cup competitions.We can really do with a cup right now plzzzzz.
posted: 10:08 am
I am praying for one thing that Sundowns dont suck de coach coz he never won de league,they must just renew his contract coz if it wasnt for him sundowns would never be in de second position.Look where he took de team.Big up to the coach.Mr Motsepe renew de contract plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
posted: 01:09 pm
yha nhe guys we are disapoint bt lets leave the league nw n focus on cups. our players did impress us this seson lets hpe gud thing 2 cum nxt season.
posted: 04:31 pm
I don't understand these punks whose teams are trailing at 40-something points, the fact of the matter is that Sundowns performed way better than you!! It is number 2, which position is your teams? huh? Useless punks!
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