Downs, SuperSport share the spoils


SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns cancelled out each other with a goalless draw in a top-of-the-table clash in the DStv Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

Gaston Sirino received his first league start for Sundowns, who had Denis Onyango captaining the side while George Maluleka also featured as the red-hot Bradley Grobler started for SuperSport.

Mothobi Mvala almost gifted Sundowns a dream start from a corner-kick by Sirino five minutes in, but headed agonisingly wide of the far corner.

SuperSport attempted to open up the Brazilians following the 20th minute when Sipho Mbule send a powering strike from the edge of the area over the top of goal.

However, what followed for Matsatsantsa were an injury enforced substitution ten minutes later with Teboho Mokoena stretchered off and Siyabonga Nhlapo entering from the bench.

Lebohang Maboe came close for Masandawana a little later following a one-two on the edge of the six-yard area, but hoofed over the top as the first half concluded.

Sundowns emerged from the second half buoyant, as Peter Shalulile ran towards the byline of the area to bring SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams to a smart save.

Themba Zwane should’ve opened proceedings inside the 54th minute after running onto a layoff in the area by Shalulile, but side-footed off target.

Grobler was in on goal for the first time in the match two minutes later when his instinctive header from a corner at the back-post brought a reaction save from Onyango.

Sundowns still possessed a portion of the openings following the closing stages, with a snap-shot in the area from Zwane rolling wide after a low ball from Kermit Erasmus.

The match began to even out as full-time loomed, however there were a few chances either end though Brian Onyango, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Hlompho Kekana fluffed leaving the tie all square.

Confirmed line-ups:

SuperSport: Williams, Philipps, Fleurs, Ditlhokwe, Bhasera, Mokoena, Mbule, Mahachi, Lungu, Grobler, Gabuza.

Subs: Chigova, Khumalo, Kekana, Nhlapo, Waiswa, Donn, Webber, Moralo, Appollis.

Sundowns: D.Onyango, Morena, Langerman, Lebusa, B.Onyango, Maluleka, Mvala, Maboe, Zwane,  Sirino, Shalulile.

Subs: Goss, Modiba, Kekana, Kapinga, Erasmus, Mdhluli, Majadibodu, Mkhulise, Makgalwa.