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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Free State Stars

Posted: 19 May 2012 Time: 17:11

In a match that looked set for a goalless draw, Mamelodi Sundowns youngster Samuel Julies headed home a winner in the 86th minute to seal the result against Free State Stars in Tshwane.

Even before this Absa Premiership match, both sides had already secured their places in the top 8 and next season’s MTN 8 Cup.

Julies’ winning goal arrived in the final four minutes when he headed in a cross from Lebohang Mokoena.

There was no Teko Modise, Nyasha Mushekwi, Esrom Nyandoro or Surprise Moriri in the Sundowns team as coach Johan Neeskens opted to rest his stars for next weekend’s Nedbank Cup final.

So in cqame Themba Zwane, Hlompho Kekana and Julies for a rare match.

In fact, before today, Julies – a former Sundowns development player – had only played two minutes in the top flight.

In the 20th minute, Punch Masenamela drilled in a shot from the left side of the penalty area, which was saved by Kennedy Mweene in the game’s first real scoring chance.

Then in the 35th minute, Sundowns missed a really good chance when Elias Pelembe missed with a header with only the goalkeeper to beat following Masenamela’s cross.

In the second half, Sundowns pushed for an opening goal and Lebohang Mokoena went close in the 59th minute when he got a shot on goal after good work by Mphela, but Mweene made no mistake with the save.

In the 79th minute Stars’ big Nigerian defender Gege was sent off for stamping on Pelembe’s knee.

Previous comments on this story...

SOMALI_*_PIRATE
posted: 01:11 pm
Well done Sundraws at least you ended it on a positive note and ou still have a go at the cup. You will play Zebra in the MTN 8 1/4 final - NICE.
Anonymous
posted: 01:15 pm
@Lordjerry sukunya wena hater! Can't you read kahle? Everything I said I compared with Sundowns' existence in "TOP FLIGHT DISKI" meaning since 1986 (in the NSL years). Your donkeys from Mayunfair won exactly 14 'important competitions' since then. Why wud I include tournaments of the 60s and 70s when I was not even born...and Sundowns was still in the dust. Funda kakuhle shrama sam, I'm sure unempandla wena...hahahahahahha ^_^

THE YELLOW NATION...SWEYTS, BRAZILLITO AND CO...:

I understand your frustration gentlemen and I feel just as much disappointment as you all do...! We obviously cannot undo what is done but we can make damn sure going forward we put everything in perspective. If booooing the players will get the job done then I'm down with it, so long the team will get a wakeup call and start playing like their predecessors. They have no idea how lucky they are these players, to be paid the type of salaries they earning and to be associated with the club that has thee most attractive football in the country should be a privilege and an honor thus dying for each other in the field of play when match day comes.
Having said that, and this is totally my opinion, I believe we needed a bit of luck in the 2nd half of the season cause as much as we lost and drew game...we outplayed most of our opponents. Some still wonder how they managed to beat us or even collect a point. We hit the woodwork more times than I can count and in most games the goal keepers were man of the match...to me it speaks volumes about the way we display our style in the field.

Let's give the guy a chance and keep supporting the boys gentlemen...! Hopefully the coach (whom I believe in) will get it right next season.
Anonymous
posted: 01:39 pm
@Ayanda, I must say Sundowns is very lucky to have you as their supporter. How I wish you were my team supporter.

People in this country must learn to be patient and realistic. Sundowns did very well this season considering that they had a new foreighn coach. No foreigh coach has ever won the PSL title in their first year of coaching a PSL team. Krol lost it on goal-difference.

It's very hard out there for new coaches. Sundowns has every reason to look forward to next season with lots of hope. They have already won a lot of admires with their brand of soccer. A few positional changes in the midfield, a tall quick & strong central defender (Mathoho or Gould), a quality right back & a bit of luck will see Sundowns doing very well.

Once a Happy Person Always a Happy Ghost
Anonymous
posted: 01:39 pm
Brazilia.....let's leave booing to those who do it best........thina we must continue singing our war cries like we always have all will be well.

Ayanda, sho Dawana lam'!
Anonymous
posted: 02:10 pm
Tla re kopaneng Orlando ka Saturday Masandawana...our team's got problems,let's rally behind them one more time this season!
Anonymous
posted: 02:23 pm
To all Downs' Organisers: It's been a roller coaster ride with both negative and positive memories-we can't dwell too much on the past, the future is waitin for us whether we agree or disagree: We will however close on a high note and I believe the Nedbank Cup will remind us of the potential that we posses and will be part of the Caf competition which is a learning process on its own-Let's continue supporting our team and let's not be cowards who only hope for better days:I'm a Sundawana for lyfe even it means playing kwi 1st division-Stucking in bad times differintiate one from those who only sing praises in good times- I aint that type:When days are dark , fans are few and vice versa-that doesn't apply to Downs family and to the haterz: WE LOVE OUR TEAM WHEN YOU ARE PULLING OUR LEGS....It's better to have 200 fans who were there before than 1 million omafikizolo whow we may say support wise , they are 2 years cos they never existed 3 seasons ago: If ya username is champion then u know what I'm talking bout....Back to the article, Free State Stars: thanks for the points...Overrated coach, overrated players
Anonymous
posted: 02:32 pm
@Ayanda

If I am 2 complex for you shut up and let your the very dumb sweyts and braziCOWlito take me on...

I only mentioned cups in the Psl era....

In the Psl era no team has been more succesful in terms of majors cups and league title ratio...

Our closest competion is SSU..

@sweyts
Take me on with facts or go close all those holes in ur shack...

90% of Happy people in Azania are Buccaneers.
Gwazyne
posted: 03:23 pm
Sundowns did well in the first round but came the second round Teko, Mphela, Pelembe with their experience in the PSL never showed and this leads one to aks if they really wanted it?

Neeskens is a proffesional and we should support him and his technical team.
Next season we should see more of Julies, Mahlatsi, Letlabika as I believe they have more to give and to Themba Zwane work hard.
Gwazyne
posted: 03:27 pm
Sundowns did well in the first round but came the second round Teko, Mphela, Pelembe with their experience in the PSL never showed and this leads one to aks if they really wanted it?

Neeskens is a proffesional and we should support him and his technical team.
Next season we should see more of Julies, Mahlatsi, Letlabika as I believe they have more to give and to Themba Zwane work hard.
Gwazyne
posted: 03:28 pm
Sundowns did well in the first round but came the second round Teko, Mphela, Pelembe with their experience in the PSL never showed and this leads one to aks if they really wanted it?

Neeskens is a proffesional and we should support him and his technical team.
Next season we should see more of Julies, Mahlatsi, Letlabika as I believe they have more to give and to Themba Zwane work hard.
Motsepe's unknown son
posted: 04:15 pm
According to the MTN 8 rules, Finisher No. 4 plays finisher No. 5 in the quarter finals. Check which two teams finished No. 4 and 5. We are in for a sensational opening to next season.
Motsepe's unknown son
posted: 04:23 pm
According to the MTN 8 rules, Finisher No. 4 plays finisher No. 5 in the quarter finals. Check which two teams finished No. 4 and 5. We are in for a sensational opening to next season.
Motsepe's unknown son
posted: 05:49 pm
According to the MTN 8 rules, Finisher No. 4 plays finisher No. 5 in the quarter finals. Check which two teams finished No. 4 and 5. We are in for a sensational opening to next season.
fire
posted: 04:08 pm
First and foremost, I am dutybound to congratulate Pirates and Chelsea for their achievements. Bravo!

I am hurt beyond words but am enjoying your contributions Madawana.

Dowwns 'till my soul is choked by the sky...AGAIN
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