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PSL match report: Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic 3-1

Posted: 4 August 2013 Time: 17:09

Mamelodi Sundowns gave Bloemfontein Celtc a 3-1 hiding in their opening 2013/14 Premiership fixture.

Referee Daniel Volgraaf was the focus of a drama-filled clash. Celtic had John Arwuah controversially sent off on the stroke of half-time, while Anthony Laffor was sent off for Sundowns late in the match.

The goals came from Hlompho Kekana, Cuthbert Malajila, Teko Modise (penalty) and Joel Mogorosi (penalty).

Malajila got into the action early in his debut match for Sundowns, dragging a shot wide of the far upright.

The visitors were first to draw blood when ex-Celtic man Kekana netted from a direct free-kick.

Kekana let rip with a curling shot that beat the wall, but the ball took a wicked bounce to beat Patrick Tignyemb, who will be disappointed to have conceded in that way.

Another Sundowns debutant, Bongani Zungu, came really close to scoring when he drove a shot towards the far post, but the ball cannoned off the upright.

Just before the interval there was a moment of controversy when Arwuah was shown a straight red in the final seconds of the half.

The Ghanaian midfielder lunged into a challenge and his trailing leg went straight into his opponent’s body.

The sending off was challenged strongly by Celtic coach Clinton Larsen at the interval and is likely to be a big talking point over the next few days.

Celtic had a few chances early in the second half. Kennedy Mweene, who beat Wayne Sandilands to the number one jersey, tipped over an effort from Ruzaigh Gamildien and then he did really well to block Lyle Lakay’s powerful shot, after some great footwork by Lakay.

No sooner had Sundowns soaked up the Celtic attacks then Malajila got into space at the other end, but he could not keep his volley down.

Malajila finally did score, on the hour mark, controlling a pin-point pass from Modise, and in one motion drilling a volley into top corner.

Substitute Surprise Moriri came close in the final 10 minutes, but had his shot on target blocked.

Then it was an early shower for Laffor, who was sent off for a second yellow card, after he was adjudged to have handled the ball on route to goal.

In the dying seconds, Celtic were awarded a soft penalty and Mogorosi made no mistake from the spot.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:11 pm
Wel don boys jst 1 gam at a tym, kabo yelow
Eric Ramasike_MSFC
posted: 07:12 pm
Bafana ba style. Seeing a lot of positives. I hope we can be consistent and put a couple of those performances to build confidence. I still don't understand the logic of playing Mphahlele. Good to see Moriri get a run...............should have score too.
posted: 07:15 pm
retla bona #### all pirates n downs fans
posted: 07:15 pm
retla bona #### all pirates n downs fans
The Game\"
posted: 07:16 pm
The Sky Is The Limit...let's save the energy for a wonderful season:
posted: 07:33 pm
Gud start KBY I'm behind u sandawana
posted: 07:39 pm
wow i did not know that the were downs bloggers here on kickoff
Mavisto *''DOWNS\"*
posted: 07:42 pm
We are going to punish lot of teams this season.
posted: 08:31 pm
Good win for Downs and Pirates did it for Mzansi.
kulakk we Downs
posted: 08:51 pm
Kabo Yelllloooooooooooow
posted: 09:00 pm
Fana Ba Style!!!!!!! Let the tiny poor little dogs bark as we are moving forwaard!!!!! KBY
kulakk we Downs
posted: 09:02 pm
Kabo Yelllloooooooooooow
posted: 09:20 pm
Did I see Mzava in the midde
go kby go
posted: 09:25 pm
This team nid supporters cz ths team z havin very fans with so mch money nd bigtym players,aykhon motsepe shd do smthin abt d fans
posted: 09:28 pm
Malatjila U missed 3 chances but that's good sign that you R able to create space for yourself. It means you will score a hat trick soon
posted: 10:32 pm
Yellow i was,Yellow I am aNd YelLoW i sHalL rEmaIn!!
posted: 04:52 am
Ziph lez ezinomona khulumani ke futh kaizer shhits
posted: 04:55 am
S'buyile ka bo yeelow trousers are already started shaking 2 sum others nizonya u gonna kkak
posted: 07:25 am
Well done boys,more victims are waiting on the list.
posted: 07:35 am
Solid perfomance. I am still not convinced of the Arendse Schutt combination. I think they might be exposed when we come up against faster opposition i.e Ajax and Pirates.

To those bloggers who say they are suprised by Downs presence. Well don't be suprised; Downs bloggers have always been on K.O abo Wonder, Sweyts etc. It is just that we don't usually comment on every teams story like certain voyeurs.

Secondly, Downs supporters are sophisticated and hold up ethos of the capital city. We don't insult people and comment for the sake of commenting. That is what distinguishs Mfana wa Style to a Zebra or Rat etc.

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