PSL

Sundowns keep 100% record

2010-09-22 22:12
Katlego Mphela (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their 100% record with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Santos at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

With Ajax not playing today, Downs go top of the Absa Premiership log.

The only goal of a tight game was scored just before half time by Katlego Mphela.

There was a bright start to the game, with Sundowns enjoying the majority of possession, but Santos also showing a threat on the counter.

Katlego Mphela tested Tshepo Motsoeneng early on with a cross-cum-shot, but the Santos keeper reacted well, tipping the ball over the bar.

While Santos struggled to get hold of the ball, they had a good chance in the sixth minute when Erwin Isaacs’ cross picked out Sekou Camara, but the debutante’s control let him down and Calvin Marlin was able to intervene.

Motsoeneng was soon back in action though, having to make another diving save to keep out Pattison’s long range effort.

That was about as much joy as Sundowns were to get though as they became increasingly frustrated by Santos’ resolute defending, the Cape side happy to sit back and absorb the pressure, which they did comfortably.

There were a couple of moments in the Santos box for the visitors, such as when Esrom Nyandoro had the ball nicked off his feet right in front of goal in the 35th minute, but despite dominating possession increasingly, clear-cut chances did come arrive.

Finally though, when it just about looked as if they had run out of ideas, Mphela came up with a moment of inspiration, showing determination to unleash a low drive from a central position just on the edge of the box, giving Downs the advantage two minutes before the break.

The game certainly needed a goal, which should have forced the Peoples’ Team into being more attack-minded in the second half.

But in the opening stages of the second stanza, it was still Downs who remained in control, the Cape side not throwing enough numbers forward to cause their opponents any problems.

There were a couple of chances for Santos, but both Camara and Isaacs went wide from some distance.

Surprise Moriri came close to adding the cushion of a second goal, but after some good work down the left by Mabhuti Khenyeza, Moriri was unable to pick out the target after cutting in on his left foot in the 75th minute.

Soon after Mphela found himself gifted space on the edge of the area, but he was unable to keep his shot on target.

Moriri then had a penalty appeal turned down as he went down under challenge while trying to follow up on Pattison’s parried shot.

Franklin Cale then had a great chance to score in his city of birth, but his attempted curler was too close to Motsoeneng who nevertheless made a good save.

The Cape side had to end the game with 10 men after Buitumelo Mafoko was sent off for a second caution and in the end Sundowns comfortably played out the final moments without any undue threat to their lead.

Santos (0) 0
Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 1 (Mphela 43’)

TEAMS

Santos: (4-4-2) Motsoeneng; Ntloana, W Arendse, Mponda (Spelman 68’), Skippers (Otieno 36’); Paulse (Basie 57’), T Arendse, Mafoko, King; Isaacs, Camara

Sundowns: (4-4-2) Marlin; Mwanjale, Mungomeni , Booth, Mdedle; Moriri (Mutizwa 90’), Nyandoro, Pattison , Cale; Mphela (Zothwane 93’), Mushekwi (Khenyeza 63’).

Read more on:    mamelodi sundowns  |  santos  |  psl  |  katlego mphela
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!

You might not know what a Tsunami Flip is, but just watching this will turn your eyes into saucers. Check out this first-ever MTB Tsunami Flip in contest here.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
Mountain unicycling – say WHAT?
Top tips to ensure you’re running right
Stand-up paddle boarding a great workout
Fixtures
18 October 2014
Moroka Swallows v Black Aces, Dobsonville Stadium 15:30
University of Pretoria v SuperSport United, Tuks Stadium 15:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Wits, Loftus Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu v Chippa United, Princess Magogo Stadium 18:00
Maritzburg United v Platinum Stars, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:15
Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars, Orlando Stadium 20:15
19 October 2014
Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Polokwane City, Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium 15:30
21 October 2014
Free State Stars v AmaZulu, Charles Mopeli Stadium 19:30
Black Aces v Orlando Pirates, Mbombela Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After a perfect start to the PSL, can anyone stop Kaizer Chiefs from winning the title?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.