Downs beat Birds in Dobsonville

Mame Niang opened the scoring in the 53rd minute before Swallows had Lantshene Phalane sent off with 11 minutes to go. Downs substitute Mahachi made the points safe seven minutes from time.

The Brazilians controlled proceedings throughout and deservedly scooped all three points thanks to two well taken goals.
Niang opened the scoring in the 53rd minute following a swift move down the right flank as Ramahlwe Mphahlele squared to the striker, who took a deft touch to take the ball around Greg Etafia before slotting home from a tight angle.
Mahachi doubled their lead seven minutes from time with his first goal for the club on debut. Teko Modise was played in behind the defence, he drew the keeper and squared to Elias Pelembe at the far post, who knocked it back across goal for Mahachi to round off a sweeping counter-attack with a solid left-footed finish.

The win moves Sundowns up to sixth place on the Absa Premiership log while Moroka Swallows slide down to fifth following their first defeat of the campaign.