Table-topping Downs thrash Gallants


Mamelodi Sundowns romped to a 4-0 victory over Marumo Gallants FC in the DStv Premiership on Sunday evening.

With regular goalkeeper Denis Onyango unavailable, the Brazilians afforded Reyaad Pieterse another start and also recalled Pavol Safranko from the win over Maritzburg United.

An early injury to Khuliso Mudau forced the Brazilians to restructure their set-up and introduce fellow wing-back cum winger Thapelo Morena after a collision with Lebohang Mabotja.

It didn’t seem to hinder the Brazilians, who took the lead on eight minutes from the head of Peter Shalulile only to see the flag raise for a suspected foul en-route to converting.

Nevertheless, the Brazilians did grabbed the front in the middle of the first half through a smashing strike on the edge of the area by Themba Zwane.

Gallants responded with a double substitution ten minutes before halftime as Celimpilo Ngema and Siphelele Ntshangase were introduced after a slow start to the first half.

Sundowns started the second half with the aim of increasing their lead through Maema’s free-kick and a header by centre-back Mosa Lebusa.

On the other hand, Pieterse made a superb save to deny Gallants a way back from the boot of Sibusiso Kumalo with the tie balanced at this stage.

Sundowns though helped themselves to a second in the last 12 minutes when Shalulile popped up in a good position to finish off a good counter-attack.

Masandawana bagged a third with minutes to go after Safranko attacked a loose ball from a rebound by Gallants goalkeeper Washington Arubi to finish easily.

It got worse for the host as Shalulile bagged a brace in the latter seconds with a one-touch finish in the area to see out the tie.

Confirmed line-ups:

Gallants: Arubi, Mabotja, Nhlapo, Nonyane, Kumalo, Ndlondlo, Timm, Letsi, Mnyamane, Mvelase, Dion.

Subs: Ndlovu, Patel, Otladisa, Kgoetyane, Lamola, Ngema, Manaka, Ntshangase, Mphambaniso.

Sundowns: Pieterse, Lebusa, Lunga, Mudau, G. Kekana,  Jali, Mkhulise, Maema, Zwane, Safranko, Shalulile.

Subs: Goss, Morena, Lakay, Kapinga, Sirino, Motupa, De Reuck, Vilakazi, Mvala