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.