By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
MAMELODI Sundowns kept their unbeaten run in three Absa Premiership when they beat rivals, SuperSport United 2-1 to win the Tshwane derby on saturday, September 18.
The fast paced clash between the two at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville lived up to the expectations, with Matsatsantsa A Pitori scoring as early as the 35th minute of the first half via Dipsey Seloloane. This after the Botswana international had receive a well cross from Lyle Lakay before he could slotted home with a fine header to silence the Brazilians’ strong supporters.
The three times league champions could have taken a leady much earlier than that when Fikru Tefera took on Sundowns’ defence, but only to send wide with goalkeeper, Calvin Marlin at his mercy in the 25th minute.
Sundowns however responded positively with free-scoring, Katlego “Killer” Mphela and Suprise Moriri visiting United’s goal-mouth regularly, but the duo found the league’s defending champions’ solid defense led by Morgan Gould and Bongani hard to crack.
Determined as they were the Brazilians went on to attack, searching for an equaliser with Moriri heading on target only for David Kannemeyer to clear the ball off the goal-line in the late minutes of the first half.
United looked like destined for the maximum points after controlling the better part of the second half, but it was not meant to be as Sundowns had other plans and it was witnessed when the levelled matters with only four minutes remaining on the dot. It was substitute, Mabhuti Khenyeza who came in in the 79th who found back of the net,beating Wayne Brown to the far corner with a low shot in the 86th minute before Papi Zothwane could score the winner at referee’s optional time to give Downs the much deserved win.
Earlier on the day, Orlando Pirates forced BidVest Wits University to a 1-1 draw in another Absa Premiership clash at Bidvest Stadium. This was Pirates’ second draw in a league match after having drawn to a goalless against Free State Stars. Wits had taken a lead in the 69th minute via Mark Haskins, but Pirates equalised via substitute, Tlou Segoloela in the 80th minute.
At Rand Stadium, Kaizer Chiefs kept their home victory record against Bloemfontein Cetlic since 1993 when they beat Siwelele Sa Masokolara 1-0. Knowledge Musona scored the lone goal in the 24th minute to give the mighty Amakhosi their second league victory of the season in three matches.
Other Absa Premiership results are: Free State Stars 1 v Vasco da Gama 1, Ajax Cape Town 2 v Platinum Stars 0, Maritzburg United 0 v Golden Arrows 3, AmaZulu 2 v Moroka Swallows 2 and Mpumalanga Black Aces 0 v Santos 1.