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Lucas Moripe Stadium
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Rudolf Bester of Maritzburg United battles with Method Mwanjali of Mamelodi Sundowns

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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Maritzburg United 3-0

Posted: 15 January 2011 Time: 20:06

Mamelodi Sundowns retained their place at the top of the Premiership table with a 3-0 win over Maritzburg United at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening.

Franklin Cale and Matthew Pattison made it 2-0, before Katlego Mphela converted a penalty for the third.

From the whistle, Sundowns employed a disciplined and highly tactical approach, rather than their usual flash and skill, but seemed to run out of ideas on entering their opponent’s danger area.

Lebohang Mokoena and Franklin Cale on the flanks launched their attacks, while Esrom Nyandoro and Matthew Pattison made sure that the Team of Choice were not given enough space to play in midfield.

Sundowns threatened as early as the second minute, but after being set up by Katlego Mphela, Mabhuti Khenyeza directed his shot wide.

Maritzburg United also tried to put some moves together, trying to get that important opener but in the eighth and 11th minutes Diyo Sibisi was caught offside.

Despite enjoying a lot of possession in the first 15 minutes, Diyo Sibisi and Rudolph Bester failed to click as a unit and the supply from their midfield was often wasted.

Mokoena could only watch in disbelief after his volley flew over the bar in the 22nd minute.

A minute later he cleverly back-heeled a long ball from Cale to Mphela, but the Bafana Bafana’s striker’s goal-bound shot was deflected for a corner.

Sundowns looked like the first bet to score, but what followed was schoolboy errors and impatience in front of goal, and the score was 0-0 at half time.

In the second half, the Brazilians ran circles around their opponents, and in the 48th minute Shu-Aib Walters blocked a close range shot by Pattison to concede a corner before denying Esrom Nyandoro two minutes later.

Downs’ efforts were finally rewarded after Cale turned Elias Ngwepe upside down before unleashing a right footed bullet in the 52nd minute.

Pattison made it 2-0 in the 60th minute after being set up by Cale.

After the second goal, Sundowns surged forward, and were awarded a penalty after United Mor Diouf hand-balled while trying to block Khenyeza’s goal bound shot. Mphela sent Walters the wrong way to put the game beyond Maritzburg United’s reach.

Previous comments on this story...

Tshwane Derby
posted: 11:58 pm
30 points and counting, All the way to Choorkop the sky!!!
posted: 12:07 am
I agree with you Zukile, u can't win the league by beating only Sundowns and u will go down if u think only about Sundowns n forget about other teams. Shapa downs shaaaaaapa.
posted: 07:55 am
This is nice. 3pts 3goal good for GD. BUT THE MUST GIVE PELEMBE AND ZOTHWANE AND HANYEKANA A RUN As we start the second round.
posted: 08:34 am
Hardrow : 2011-01-15 22:54
Sundowns has the best players in the league with the exception of booth. what worries me about this habas is that it seems he always want to try out a new combination. we have khumalo da best left back, what did he do? he played mayinga until that own goal, thank god 4 that. we have tshilo but he keeps playing booth who is da oonly player not rotated. our most prized possession xulu is played out of position, against chiefs he was not aiming for a win, he diregards cup competitions, when we lost to amazulu mdledle was playing midfild and i saw booth platying position 3. that we r winning should show how much quality players we have. i still am not convinced
posted: 08:46 am
iwil lyk 2 say halo 2 chiefs fans.who is sunkop now?shapa downs shapa pls run away with points while amakhosikazi claiming 2 b big
posted: 08:50 am
I not impressed with the team at all how does explain pelembe not playing and matheww booth playing ahead of ferreira tshilo.this habas clown does not know what he is doing the team is winning because there is quality and depth.
Told you so....
posted: 10:05 am
Habas keeps on winning though sometimes he's clueless in terms of his team selections. I notice that since Arrsenal adviced that Xulu must play right back, habas is playing him there, i say put him where he's comfortable and where he was noticed, central defence. the points keep on coming to chloorkop and that's what matters, but we need to it the sundowns way, with style....and lot's of style.
posted: 10:14 am
Franklin Cale ur goal is long over due glad to see u starting 2 find ur feet at last.
posted: 11:26 am
Wel done gents we showd supiority lastnyt, 2 those who wer at da game big ups!! We sang our hearts owt, league ya sebeletswa!!! Ayikhulunyelwa makhosikazi!!
posted: 11:33 am
There's Nothing to celebrate after beating Maritzberg which took you out of the cup because you havn't won the league yet.

posted: 12:23 pm
nipson: i am tempted to believe that you were good in history whilst at school. We are celebrating a 3-0 win in case you have forgotten. Some of us understand you are still traumatized after being ajaxed. Chill man you will equalize tomorrow evening 9pm.
posted: 06:27 pm
I agree with all the people that demands for our beloved Sundowns to play&win with style,but i don't agree with this notion that our coach is a bad coach.What's the point of trying to find a style if u're gonna sucrifice points?This coach must first collect as many points as possible,then strive for a style after that.Arsenal&Bucs are playing with so much style,but what have they won with the style?People must just stop trying to down play everything&start supporting the team.Let's all try to lift the spirit of these boys going forward now.They need us.
posted: 08:13 am
Well done Sundowns for a hard won 3 points and i'm still not convinced by Habas, anyway, i've already said that we might win the league but my view on the man will not change unless he changes the style of play.

Pelembe vs Cale, heheheh, this is funny, that's like comparing Messi with Shabba, there's simply no competition but our coach clearly thinks there is. I have no option but to rally behind the team, though i will never keep quite until i see te Sundowns i know on the field of play. 44 passes, remember that?
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