Sundowns Claim Tshwane Bragging Rights

Mamelodi Sundowns beat SuperSport United 2-0 to jump to the top of the Absa Premiership log in an entertaining Tshwane derby at the Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.  The stage was set for what promised to be a gruesome encounter between the Pretoria giants.  Gordon Igusend handed Mark Mayembela his first start since joining Matsantsantsa while for Pitso Mosimane’s men it was all about bagging maximum points and keep their tittle hopes alive.

The encounter was evenly contested in the middle of the park with United creating more goal scoring opportunities in the early exchanges.  In the 15th minute, Rowen Williams denied Khama Billiat an opener.  The game was played at a high tempo but neither side was lethal enough to break the deadlock before the half hour mark.  A lack of concentration by Williams handed Masandawana a corner from which Hlompo Kekana nodded home an opener for his side.

Ka Bo Yellow scored their second goal two minutes into the second stanza.  Billiat dispossessed Dean Furman in the centre and got on his bike to set up Leonardo Castro and the latter sliced the ball past the approaching keeper.  Villain turned hero in the 57th minute as Williams produced a great save to deny Billiat.  

The latter was denied again by the shotstopper in the 59th minute.  With 15 minutes to go on the clock, SuperSport did not look like a side that might claw their way back into the match as Mosimane’s men continued pushing forward looking to add on their tally.  Billiat came close to putting the match beyond reach in the 85th minute but sent his shot wide.

Try as they did with their half-cooked chances, there was no opening for Igusend’s men who failed to reduce the deficit and suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of their neighbours.  The victory meant Downs are on top of the log and have played eleven matches without defeat in the league.

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