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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Maritzburg United

Posted: 20 November 2011 Time: 17:37

Mamelodi Sundowns moved up to second position on the League standings following a 1-0 win against Maritzburg United on Sundaey afternoon.

Elias Pelembe was the hero for The Brazilians, scoring the only goal of the game midway through the first half.

Ian Palmer’s men had the first chance in the 12th minute when they won a free-kick 25 yards out; Kurt Lentjies’ initial attempt was blocked by the wall, with Michael Morton gathering the rebound and blasting the ball over the crossbar.

Two minutes later Richard Henyekane used his pace to beat a couple of defenders and found Katlego Mphela inside the box. He laid the ball back for Teko Modise, but his snap-shot was well wide of target.

Modise tried another long range attempt in the following minute and although his shot was dipping it still sailed over Shu-Aib Walters’ crossbar.

Maritzburg won another free-kick in the 19th minute in a similar position as the first one and this time Lentjies fired a low shot on target, but Wayne Sandilands got down in time to make the save.

The home side broke the deadlock three minutes later via a well-constructed move which saw Modise playing a neat one-two with Punch Masenamela; the latter then cut the ball back for Pelembe who made no mistake from 12 yards out.

The Brazilians should’ve doubled the lead in the 27th minute when Mphela beat the offside trap to receive a through-pass from Pelembe, but the league’s leading scorer pulled his shot across the goal.

A minute later Lentjies had a great chance to level matters when he was put through by a pass from Fadlu Davids, only for the former Sundowns player to fire wide.

Themba Zwane, who came on late in the first half to replace the injured Surprise Moriri, came close to doubling the lead four minutes into the second half when he was released through the middle by Pelembe, but his shot was well saved by Walters.

Mphela, who was having a quiet game by his standards, managed to a get a header on target in the 51st minute, but his attempt lacked pace and Walters was able to make a comfortable save, while Zwane failed to connect with a cross from Modise two minutes later.

Prince Olomu, who switched to a more central attacking role, almost latched onto a through-pass in the 67th minute but arrived a second too late, but he managed to force a one-handed save from Sandilands with a volleyed shot two minutes later.

Substitute Nyasha Mushekwi created the best chance of the second half when he beat Mor Diouf with a brilliant turn in the 79th minute, but he was let down by a complete miss-kick with only the goalkeeper to beat.

The match lacked goalmouth action in the closing stages, with Sundowns doing enough to protect their slender lead, while Maritzburg lacked the creativity to exert any real pressure.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:25 pm
Ja sundowns played very wel n created a lot of gud chances, dis is one of da teams dat wl make da PSL very interestng dis seasn unlyk some teams who just wish 2 be a threat in race 4 da league title but stl siting on da bottom 8 of da log standings. GOOGLE EARTH still rocks on da soccer field.
posted: 07:30 pm
yho yho yhoooo whn these dunusas/sunflops/bafana bastlaela attacks it frightens mi big time hey, so wht abt de sprtrz of ada teams & deir team also!! Dey must wet deir pants really ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa m off!!
posted: 07:37 pm
Ja sundowns played very wel n created a lot of gud chances, dis is one of da teams dat wl make da PSL very interestng dis seasn unlyk some teams who just wish 2 be a threat in race 4 da league title but stl siting on da bottom 8 of da log standings. GOOGLE EARTH still rocks on da soccer field.
posted: 07:38 pm
Dankie Yellow Republic
Masandawane, thank u very much for your lovely comments. Let's support our team and promote peace thru football. Let's share dis luv of one anada with de rest of south africa. It all clear dat our coach want our team to attack and score goals. I just hope pitso can learn something from our coach.
posted: 07:49 pm
The google earth is getting a lot of attention from opposite coaches and players. Really he is not a bad player. Dankie simangaliso.
Let's not 4get de yellow space ship is not yet ready.
Eish masandawane let's give credit to our technical team for bringing punch, he is doing well.
MTHO am also afraid, lol lol lol.
posted: 07:57 pm
Sweyts,Brazilito,Wonder,,etc congrats dawanas as u were the only big team to craft max points this weekend.
posted: 08:06 pm
Thank u Motlokoa
Sweyts pelepele wanted to kiss de sky badge am 100% sure of dat. Bobby can't be threatening our player while he's 1 month old 60 kg baby pig is suffering from what look like a stroke. I saw VV telling him last nyt dat he shouldn't be attending games while the couples baby is sick. But we all know bobby is a cruel zebra
posted: 09:46 pm
Thanx Lord for diligent Kekana,creative Teko & Pelembe! Solid ball winners all the back5! Yhoooo sundowns Fans today were on Fire! Lol I also heard zebras imitating our Song "SobaShaya abasazi"
posted: 10:31 pm
@Simangaliso true swaiswai can't be this obsessed with Pirates.You sound more like a bitter Zebra hiding behind the feathers of the Dube Birds.
posted: 11:25 pm
@ Baroka fc..... I am swaiswai by birth since I was born by a swaiswai.... n I am nt obsessed wit pirates n I dnt hate pirates I jst dnt lyk da way pirates' fans bad mouth da General trying 2 mke him luk lyk a bad player even calling him da cursed 1, as a supporter of gud futbol n individual briliance wen it cums 2 players' abilities, I get irritated about da pirates' fans' comments towards modise coz we ol knw wat he is capable of yet bucs' fans r strugling 2 come to terms wit da fact dat da guy is a gr8 player n has left their team. I personally admire players who r gud at wat they r doing even if they r nt playing 4 my beautiful birds. Soccer is 4 entertainment so if a player is gud he is gud so let's nt be jealous lyk ur Juju cow(mbuyane). I am a swai man untl bucs' supporters stop being jealous abwt Teko's talent.
posted: 09:11 am
Teko your the best Middle fielder of the Country. Pelembe your rocking boy...... Kekana and Zwane your almost there and please guys add a little bit. Punch we appreciate what your doing for the for us. I saw you guys starting to play Shoe Shine and Piano. Letlabitla and Zwane come two months you will be the Best for Bafana Bafana. I know that we already have three points in our pocket from Peaople's team. Killer and Nasha sorry guys, I know that you will score many goals against Santos & Chiefs. Masandawana we have a good Coach.....
posted: 01:48 pm
today it feels gud 2 b a brazilian.
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