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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: 06:01 pm
Richard "obviously" Henekanye
posted: 06:02 pm
Mamelodi Sundowns is gelling nicely together, let's just exercise patients as supporters and all will be well they were a bit rusty today that's all, we are right about booing that cow of ours though, he can always do better.

Teko's on a high and we should be elated, that Mbuyane creature must be having a horrible weekend nobubi.

Sky's the limit, na nou!
posted: 06:05 pm
We sweated unnecessary for dis victory. Masandawane my man of de match is teko. And ther is temba zwane, what a talent. We are an attacking team and that makes me happy with mr neeskens
posted: 06:05 pm
Thats what im talking about, well done boys. Zcc United here we come.
posted: 06:10 pm
Guys I've got a problem with our South African soccer, out of 8 games this weekend our teams only managed to score 8 goals! My question to someone who can give me a proper answer, what our teams should do to score more goals? To me this is a worrying factor to our soccer. Our players can't even take shots towards goals.
posted: 06:11 pm
wow Gasper hs sumthng comon wth Loftus Stadae whch z goal success!! Anyway, it wz a great perfmance 4rm de guyz huuu xcpt my Strkrs hu we so shy infront of goal!! My defence wz marvelous & superb vaandag!! Heineken whao wht he plyd real well!! Plz guyz lets take it der & nvr luk bck guz!! Downs till Gasper aka Pelie Pelie signs pre-contract either bucs/Family Bond FC!!
posted: 06:11 pm
Mbuyane creature must be having a horrible weekend nobubi.

Lol that funny my yellow friend.
Punch is a happy man after he is on a verge of becoming a millionaire. Lots of luv for elias pelembe, kissing de nike tick. Am sure he wanted to kiss the sky badge. Hope he will stay
posted: 06:11 pm
''Let's exercise patience'' lol!

Nb: School-leavers need not worry. tl.tl.

@Leal must Fokof, as a Pirates fan you're the last person to be a red pen when it comes to the command of the queen's language. phela at Pirates the most learned player is Lekgwathi with a Level-2 Security course. lol.
posted: 06:12 pm
Tshela thupa brazilians,kgali kgali.... Teko is de true starring of football n Pelembe o baba nje nge pelepele...
posted: 06:16 pm
Heita MTHO4DOWNZ my yellow brother. Any comments abt temba zwane, is mpho kekane fitting well or what. I ask all of u masandawane amahle
posted: 06:24 pm
Hola Brazillito! Dawana, attack, attack! is what pleases me about Neeskins as well, it shoud've been 5-0 atleast, but then 3points was always gonna be a mission after yet another break in the Psl calender, ask both our 'ancient' foes, bazok'tshela.

@Brazillito, did he kiss the Nike sign instead??? I did'nt take much notice....Yhooo! What if Bobby threatened his life and signed him under duress? lol.

Downs till he signs ke. tl.tl.
posted: 06:26 pm
Well Sundowns, please keep it up. You must say that coach Neeskens & technical team are wise, intelligent & very calculative cause when they held on the young players they really knew that players will become rusty & disjointed in their tactical & technical performance. Im gonna say it again that our coach deserve a 20 year contract. Chiefs & Pirates fans what a horrible weekend for your teams just dont be jealous.
posted: 06:36 pm
Obviously Richard Obviously Henyekane Obviously said Obviously 15 Obviously times Obviously during Obviously his Obviously post-match interview Obviously . . . . .
posted: 06:42 pm
Less yada yada n more 3 points...pelembe z a classic player, let's keep colecting the three points gents n soon enuf we will b at da summit.

They called pelepele a kiss kiss cow lol, kwerekwere n wat nt nw they are prayin that toothless signs him lol yeah ryt.

Ka boYellow till football 101 is no longer mastered ezinyweni lika Cowza
posted: 06:43 pm
Brazilitto as Style!! Sweet like Sweytes!! & de family as a hol ngiyanibingelela Masandawana Amahle!!

@ u Brazilitto Dawana ds wht we alwyz cryng 4 de frsh bloods here ko Yelo Nation de coach 2 give des young Boyz & bcz we hv gud coach hu works wth his employerz onomthina ke Dawana loba. He dd xcle wht we want.

4 ur questions Brazilltto Zwane dd extremly well & bilive me dis boy is going far shud be given mo chnces!!

Kekana i dnt wanna lie he plyd well in second half, bt hs 1st touch & boll disdribution wz poor by de luks of thng 4 mi Stylish Man!!

Anyway de team hs improved alot 4rm preveous games!!
posted: 06:45 pm
Ka bo yelo like it or not santos are next at their own yard. The sky is the limit
posted: 06:59 pm
we re Stylish Team ko psl, so guyz dt mst not hurt any1, coz we re born 2b!!

Opstion fans col him Gogo Earth, bt ko Yelo Nation we coll hm Google Earth!! Wow wht great plyr as alwyz shown hs class as usualy no wanda Pitso dsnt want breath wthout hm!!

Wandy 38: hahaha dt postion iz de bizy pstn ko Downs wth wondaful talent really!! M tolking abt Cafe-2 & Litlle Vuyo 33-Ngubane.

Punch u dd great thng 2 jump de Zoo fence 2 rub shoulder wth great plyrs ko psl 2 a great team!! Dt made u a great plyr my boy & u improve alot @ Downs.
posted: 07:04 pm
Hola Mtho4Dawana, good to see us elated for a change, phela more money, more problems bafethu...mh.
posted: 07:05 pm
Congrats 2 sundowns, ur team played very. Da GENERAL is a gr8 player, his talent is unique. I am sure certain fans of a certain team miss him since they couldnt find a replacement of Teko's calibre in their current so called galaxy of stars. Ja sundowns has quality in their attacking department.
posted: 07:11 pm
Congrats 2 sundowns, ur team played very. Da GENERAL is a gr8 player, his talent is unique. I am sure certain fans of a certain team miss him since they couldnt find a replacement of Teko's calibre in their current so called galaxy of stars. Ja sundowns has quality in their attacking department.
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