Downs win Telkom Knockout
Posted: 16 December 2015 Time: 17:46
Denis Onyango saved two penalties as Mamelodi Sundowns beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in the Telkom Knockout Final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.
The Brazilians scored through Leonardo Castro, Thabo Nthethe and Hlompho Kekana to record their first victory over Chiefs in a cup final at the ninth attempt.
Ugandan goalkeeper Onyango stole the show by denying Siphiwe Tshabalala and Camaldine Abraw from the spot in Durban, with Abraw later reducing the deficit with a goal in stoppage time.
Downs made the ideal start, as Castro nodded home a delicate touch by Khama Billiat in the fifth minute following a wonderful pass from the left by Tebogo Langerman.
The Brazilians continued to press, as Billiat, Kekana and Themba Zwane had attempts on goal, as did Hendrick Ekstein and Siboniso Gaxa at the other end for Amakhosi.
While Pitso Mosimane's side had the better of the exchanges, both sides were guilty of poor shooting in a physical opening stanza.
Downs doubled their advantage in the 51st minute, as Nthethe headed in a corner from half-time substitute Teko Modise, who came on for Castro.
The Glamour Boys could have pulled one back in the 52nd minute, but George Lebese brushed the outside of the upright after being put through one-on-one with Onyango by Lucky Baloyi.
Chiefs coach Steve Komphela made a triple change soon after, bringing on Bernard Parker, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Abraw for Baloyi, Hendrik Ekstein and Edward Manqele.
Parker announced his arrival by earning a penalty on the hour-mark when he was tripped in the box by Nthethe following a chested pass from Abraw. Onyango, though, dived superbly to keep out 'Shabba''s spot-kick.
Amakhosi were awarded another penalty in the 73rd minute when Nthethe was harshly penalised for a hand-ball when intercepting a shot by Letsholonyane. Onyango, however, pulled off another fine stop to foil Abraw.
Kekana then sealed the result with nine minutes to go with a low shot from just inside the area after being teed up by a smart backheel by Zwane.
Abraw, though, headed home in stoppage time to remove some of the gloss from the scoreline for the Tshwane giants.
HOME: Mamelodi Sundowns
Coach: Pitso Mosimane
AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela