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Nyasha Mushekwi scores as Sundowns beat Vasco da Gama

Posted: 29 October 2010 Time: 21:58

Mamelodi Sundowns extended their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership standings after a 1-0 win against Vasco da Gama at Newlands Stadium on Friday night.

Nyasha Mushekwi was the hero for the Brazilians, turning home Matty Pattison's shot on the half-hour mark.

The visitors had all the play for the opening 15 minutes, but it was Vasco who had the first chance of the night when Jonathan Armogam shot weakly at goal after being nicely set up by Sibusiso Zuma’s square ball.

Mushekwi had Downs’ first chance of the night, but saw his goal-bound 21st-minute volley smash into Aiden Jenniker when a goal seemed a near certainty.

Despite finally having started to enjoy more of the ball, Vasco found themselves 1-0 down in the 29th minute when Pattison’s diagonal shot across the goal was neatly buried at the back post by Mushekwi.

That was it for first half goal-mouth action; the next chance arriving three minutes into the second stanza when Armogam skied a close-range volley after some great work by Jenniker.

In the 56th minute a moment of hesitancy from Calvin Marlin allowed Armogam to steer the ball over his head towards the net, but Vuyo Mere saved the day for Downs right on the goal-line.

Vasco showed they could really match their more illustrious opponents as the game remained tight; the next chance coming in the 80th minute when Bradley August came close with a 30-yard free-kick.

Downs had a couple of half-chances late on through Mabuthi Khenyeza and Franklin Cale, and in the end managed to hold on to a hard-earned win against the Cape side, who made a real game of it in the second half with superb endeavour.

Previous comments on this story...

Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 01:20 pm
Cheeseboy really makes Sundowns play. His runs off the ball are amazing but his finishing still needs to be polished. I still cant believe we lost such a good player to Sundowns because of this useless Krol.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 01:23 pm
I thought Kamwendo will proove me wrong at Vasco. He is being given the chance but the guy is lazy, he never mark or make runns after passing the boll to give teamates options. He looked bad as a left winger. The Vasco coah must give him free role duty where he wont have to do a lot of marking.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 01:26 pm
Milkshake is fitting well at Sundowns, scoring goals. If we was in the cabbage village, he will be a superstar by now. The cabbages were going to worship him and say he is the best striker in the psl.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 01:31 pm
Sundowns are the champions in the making, have best players second to Pirates. They have a similar problem to pirates though, that is , clueless coach but I think is better than to have a coach who thinks with his bolls from under the belt.
Anonymous
posted: 01:53 pm
all psl rotten cabbages: . When u and some hungerboyz claimed to have 3 or 4 degrees, little did i know that you buy them at china city. Now it makes sense why most of cabbages cant argue soccer but would rather hurl insults particularly wena all psl trophies and rotten cabbages.
Anonymous
posted: 09:48 am
This number 2.Moloi is such an exceptional player, he dsnt deserve a young side like Vasco.......he belong with the big boys, Kaizer Chiefs.....Sundoens will go down..mark my words,the Lopez guy is a floop with his fATTY pATTY,they will fire him his head will spin........
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