Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns secured their second Tshwane Derby win of
the week with a 1-0 victory over the University of Pretoria in an Absa
Premiership encounter at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele scored in second-half stoppage time to
secure all three points for 'Downs, who finish the season in second spot on the
log standings. AmaTuks finished the game with 10 men after Grant Kekana
received his marching orders for a challenge on Rodney Ramagalela in the 84th
Chasing a favourable finish in the log standings, AmaTuks
came out guns blazing, with youthful pair Thabo Mnyamne and Botshelo Mfulwane
going close for the visitors in the opening exchanges.
Mnyamane directed his free-kick straight at Thela Ngobeni
before Mfulwane sent his effort wide, having been put straight through in the
Pitso Mosimane made no fewer than seven changes to the side
that beat SuperSport United in midweek and it showed as they struggled to find
Anthony Laffor and Mame Niang fired speculative efforts at
Lebogang Ngubeni 's goal, but nothing to work the AmaTuks keeper who was hardly
tested in the first-half.
'Downs dominated the closing exchanges, but a combination of
over-playing and good defending by the visitors kept out the Brazilians as the
teams headed for the break deadlocked.
Ngubeni was forced into action two minutes following the
interval. The AmaTuks gloves man made a courageous stop to deny a sliding
Mphahlele at the back post.
'Downs turned up the pressure with Laffor again in the thick
of things, the Liberian, though, saw his powerful effort go straight at Ngubeni
in the 55th minute.
Grant Kekana saw red with six minutes of regulation time
remaining before Mphahlele popped up to score the winner in the 91st
The former AmaTuks fullback lost his marker before heading
Laffor's corner-kick into the roof of the net to condemn AmaTuks to a 13th
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 1
University of Pretoria 0
Mamelodi Sundowns: Ngobeni; Mphahlele, Booysen (Mbatha 90'),
Arendse, Langerman, Mbekile, Moriri, Laffor, Pelembe, Mahachi (Tau 51'), Niang
University of Pretoria:
Ngubeni; Kekana, Shoyisa, Jaure, Sibande, Ntombayithethi, Ketjijere, Zwane
(Nzimande 65'), Mosadi, Mnyamane (Luthuli 76'), Mfulwane (Mathosi 63')