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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Golden Arrows

Posted: 5 March 2011 Time: 17:36

Mamelodi Sundowns moved up into second place on the Absa Premiership log with a 3-2 win over Golden Arrows at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The home team was cruising to victory, 3-0 up with 10 minutes to go, but in the end had to hold on as Arrows scored two late goals.

The match got off to a high tempo start with Downs in particular looking a threat on attack. In fact, there was nearly a second-minute goal for the hosts when Katlego Mphela drove a 16-yard shot just wide.

Mphela then had another shot go well wide while Richard Henyekane sent a rasping drive straight at keeper Russell Khuzwayo.

Arrows though also had their moments in attack early on with Jabulani Nene, Songwe Chalwe and Collins Mbesuma all getting a sniff at goal in the opening 15 minutes.

For the most part though it was the Brazilians who were on top and Khuzwayo had to be at his best to get down and make a low save to palm away Papi Zothwane's hammered low drive after 19 minutes.

Ten minutes later Elias Pelembe should have scored, but after Sibusiso Khumalo’s cross was deflected into his path, the Mozambiquan blasted over from right in front of goal.

The first half appeared to be set to end goalless, but Downs scored a lovely goal just before the break when some clever interplay saw Method Mwanjali slicing through the defence before neatly beating Khuzwayo.

It took just two minutes of second half action for the Tshwane side to double their lead. Mphela was the scorer, receiving a pass in the box and despite his first touch taking him away from goal, he finished with a thunderous drive.

Arrows substitute Siyabonga Nkosi had the chance to pull one back in the 57th minute, but sent his header over the bar by some way.

But Downs were to add to their tally after 73 minutes when Mphela netted from the spot after Thulasizwe Khuboni had handled the ball in the box.

The three points seemed very much secure at that stage, but Mbesuma gave his team hope when his 8oth-minute shot took a sizable deflection and left Sandilands stranded.

And then less than a minute later a deflection again came to Abafana Bes’thende’s aid as Njabulo Manqana’s shot from a really tight angle took a touch off Thapelo Tshilo and went into the net.

There were some anxious moments for Ian Gorowa’s side late on as Mbesuma did his best to find an equaliser, but in the end Downs were able to hang on for victory.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:57 pm
Mphela want to make up for the salary cut by being the player of the month. lol.
I didn't watch the game but it seems as though sandilands needs to work hard on his verbal communication wit his backline judging by the comments.
Anyways- i love sundowns- i have unconditional love for this team.
posted: 07:18 pm
method is our cafu.. Well done boy!! sandilands and xulu... Im really concerned! And our injury list is getting longer, mutizwa and eduardo the latest, khumalo didnt look to well himself..

posted: 07:39 pm
posted: 07:47 pm
hi sweety!
4 sure we will gravitate jst lyk u did, dream om buddy. Lol
posted: 08:05 pm
Guys i want us 2give attention 2diz Pelembe boy,he simz 2b selfish n he never wana pass a ball 2Teko unless if he's got no option.I dnt c Pelembe goin anywer in soccer with hiz selfish attitude.Teko achieved wat he achieved @Pirates,i gez it bcoz wen Teko won da Footballer of da yr ppl wer saying it shud hv bin won by Pelembe.Dey r playin a jelous game @downz in termz of salary equality,Teko will always b Teko
posted: 08:20 pm
PatMxo where have u been my outie? PSL teams can field up 5 foreigners
posted: 08:47 pm
@Ras Lera which team u support. Ur comment don't show u r a Dawana. We @ Downs r happi wt Pelembe work rate. Wory bwt ur Porridge fc players nt Dawana players
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posted: 08:48 pm
@Ras I don't know which game were you watching but I saw Teko, Pelembe and Mphela playing some one touch football reminding me of their days at SuperSport. Pelembe can't pass Teko if he is not in a good position to make something happen. On the last third of the field you always look at a player who is in a good position to make things happen inside the 18yard box.

If Teko is free on the wing but Zothwane is making a run towards goals you have to make a good decision.
posted: 09:13 pm
@Dino,m also nt sure which game wer u watchin coz Teko wz alwayz on a gud scorin opportunity bt Pelembe has got jelous,let him go bck 2hiz country.Da one two dat Pelembe played it wz bcoz he ddnt hv any choice bt 2do so,he always dribbles bt creates less scoring opportunity,he cnt make it in real soccer world.He iz only famous here coz even players like Mabena,Mbuyane,Radebe r famous
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posted: 09:29 pm
@Ras My friend I don't know what you drinking or smoking but Pie-City is playing 2moro go to sleep it's obviously too late for you. The cheap k@k you drinking or smoking is making you hallucinate.
posted: 10:22 pm
mwajali, mtizwa, mshekwi, nyandoro, gorowa. zim fc!????
posted: 10:23 pm
guys, pls give the keeper a break. Those two goals were deflections. What on earth was he supposed to have done? Defied the rules of gravity? Am just happy Booth isn't there. He commits far too many fouls in dangerous situations. And he never gives us any aerial advantage offensively.
posted: 10:27 pm
who is the top scores at psl
posted: 12:06 am
zim fc won today hey and your team sir ?did they win / are you soccer fanatic like me of a politician traped in beutiful game
posted: 12:16 am
can someone tell me is musona still playing football or atleast his whereabouts ?
posted: 07:54 am
the damage done by habas will b take time to b undone. but the hunger is back and we play like a team hungry for a win. but we need not put the foot off the pedal especially in the second half. slowly but surely we r getting there, thou i was not pleased with the two late goals we let in. .
kabo yelo 4 lyf
posted: 08:06 am
areyeng masandawana I thnk refihlile mo rene re eya teng. We belong on top. Ka bo yellow downs.
posted: 11:35 am
I lyk Mphela.

I didn care if Donws win or not as long as Mphela get goals. My team's striker Musona dont want him to win the golden boot, I wish Mphela all the best to win it for the second time.
posted: 07:30 am
One game at the time, slowly but surely, we will come right.

Asoze Saphel'amandla masandawana...........Haak Vrystaat!
posted: 08:50 am
Sundowns is picking up at the right time,the are a real threat
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