Downs, SuperSport share the spoils
Posted: 24 February 2018 Time: 13:16
Percy Tau cancelled out Thabo Mnyamane's first-half strike as Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United drew 1-1 on Saturday evening.
After threatening to take an early lead, Downs surrendered instead when Thabo Mnyamane outsprinted the defence to beat Denis Onyango with a nicely placed finish after 12 minutes.
An immediate response is what the Brazilians searched for and they nearly found it after the 20th-minute mark but Percy Tau shot wide.
Chances were opening up for them, but it appeared that they left their scoring boots in the changing room.
The best chance undoubtedly fell to Tau, who tried to chip Ronwen Williams at the far post but was unable to beat the Eastern Cape-born keeper 10 minutes before he interval.
A delightful ball by Tebogo Langerman found an unmarked Themba Zwane, who failed to find the net as his header went straight at Williams.
Veteran defender Morgan Gould found himself in unfamiliar territory when he raced up field, but failed to double their tally from a loose ball.
At the start of the second half, Eric Tinkler decided to withdraw Richard Boateng for Onismor Bhasera as the Ghanaian was having a torrid time with the fleet-footed Tau.
Despite trailing, Downs kept up the pressure and were almost rewarded when Gaston Sirino saw his free kick come off the post in the 54th minute.
A minute later, Tau had another go at Williams, who once again came up with the goods in the form of a well-executed one-handed save.
The post then denied the visitors after Evans Rusike broke free on the left, with Teboho Mokoena failing to profit from the follow-up 61 minutes in.
Thuso Phala checked in two minutes later for Mnyamane for his first appearance from the bench this season.
Sundowns eventually made their pressure tell as Tau connected with Hlompho Kekana’s free-kick into the box to beat Williams at the far post for the equaliser in the 78th minute.
United looked to regain the lead but Clayton Daniels held his head in shame after Onyango pulled off a sublime low save from a close-range effort nine minutes from time.
Jeremy Brockie replaced Sirino minutes later, but he couldn’t find the winner as the search for his first strike continues, with the spoils shared in Tshwane.
HOME: Mamelodi Sundowns
Coach: Pitso Mosimane
AWAY: SuperSport United
Coach: Eric Tinkler