Goal feast as Downs win 24-0

HLOMPHO Kekana scored seven goals, Nyasha Mushekwi and Richard Henyekane six and five respectively when Mamelodi Sundowns crushed Powerlines FC 24-0 in the last 32 round of the Nedbank Cup on a hot Sunday afternoon at the GWK Stadium in Kimberley.

Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens made eight changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Moroka Swallows in the league a week ago.

Sundowns capitalised from poor defending when Themba Zwane pulled the ball back in from the right side and Hlompho Kekana struck the ball into the crossbar before it bounced into the net, 1-0 to Sundowns after eight minutes.

In the 12th minute, Mushekwi miscued his effort when he was through on goal and one-on-one with the ‘keeper, but Henyekane picked up the ball to make it 2-0.

Three minutes later Kekana got his second of the match when he beat the off side trap from a Method Mwanjale through ball and he coolly slotted home to make it 3-0.

In the 20th minute it was 4-0 when Doctor Mampuru played a low cross from the right side flank and Henyekane blasted the ball into the net from six-yards out. Four minutes later it was 5-0 when Mushekwi exquisitely finished inside the box.

On the half hour mark Kekana got his hat-trick when Mampuru crossed from the right flank and he slotted home to make it 6-0.

In the 41st minute, Mampuru was once again at it on the right wing when he set up Mushekwi and the Zimbabwean striker easily slotted home from six-yards out to make it 7-0.

Two minutes later, Mushekwi got his hat-trick when Henyekanye broke loose on the left side and teed up Mushekwi, who miscued his effort but that resulted in the ball chipping over the keeper for 8-0.

On the stroke of halftime, Mushekwi grabbed his fourth he lurched onto a rebound from near the goal line after the Powerlines ‘keeper had saved a Pelembe shot to take the score into double figures, 10-0 heading into halftime.

Three minutes after the break, Kekana made it 11-0 when he hit a ferocious shot from the edge of the box which left the ‘keeper wrong footed.

Mushekwi got half a dozen goals in the match when Pelembe set him up to slot into an empty net after 52 minutes, 12-0.

Samuel Julies made it 13-0 when he chipped the keeper to score on his debut. Henyekane then picked up his hat-trick to make it 14-0.

It was 15-0 on the hour mark when Kekana struck from six-yards out with only the ‘keeper to beat.

Pelembe then got into the action when his effort went in from the inside of the cross bar to make it 16-0. He was again at it when he grabbed his second to make it 17-0.

With 20minutes left, Sundowns made it 18-0 when Lebohang Mokoena, who had just came in as a substitute, condemned Thabang Louw to more misery when he picked up the ball out of his net for the 18th time in the match.

Henyekane made it 19-0 in the 74th minute and he was soon at it a minute later when he made it 20-0.

Local boy Julies scored his second of the afternoon, to make it 21-0 in the 76th minute and two minutes later Kekana grabbed his sixth to make it 22-0. He then grabbed his seventh two minutes later to make it 23-0.

The match eventually got its last goal when Mokoena tapped in a simple effort form six yards to make it 24-0.

The match was like training day for the Brazilians in the heat of the Northern Cape against a hopeless Powerlines outfit who compete in the fourth tier of South African football.

The rest of Nedbank Cup’s last 32 results are: Maritzburg United 2 v Bloemfontein Celtic 0, Kaizer Chiefs 3 v Cape Town All Stars 0, Golden Arrows 5 v North West Shinning Stars 0, Jomo Cosmos 2 v African Warriors 1, Witbank Spurs 3 v Mpumalanga Black Aces 2 (penalties), SuperSport United 4 v Batau FC 2 (penalties).-Backpagepix

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