Sundowns sneak late winner
Cape Town - A superb finish by Dove Wome in the second half was enough for Mamelodi Sundowns to claim a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini Stadium, on Saturday afternoon in their Absa Premiership match.
It wasn’t the start Pitso Mosimane would have wanted from his side, as Golden Arrows threatened from the first kick of the game. The home side worked the ball into the box and Sundowns needed Kennedy Mweene to rush off his line in order to block the ball away from Bongi Ntuli.
Siya Mngoma was then called into action on the other end of the park, two minutes later, he when got the slightest of touches to direct Khama Billiat’s tap-in round the far post.
Arrows were doing well to create some space for themselves and, in the 15th minute, Lucky Nguzana picked up the ball in the middle of the park, ran up the field, before unleashing a snap-shot which went narrowly wide.
Manqoba Mngqithi’s plan was all about putting pressure on Sundowns’ full-backs and it was working effectively as the Brazilians were forced to samba their own way out of trouble.
Just before the half hour mark, Gift Sithole made a crucial interception on Billiat’s ball inside the box, before Teko Modise fired a free-kick just over the frame of the goal. That set-piece was awarded despite the tackle occurring inside the box on Billiat.
Another questionable penalty decision wasn’t given, this time to Arrows, after Rashid Sumalia brought down Nguzana in the box, three minutes before the break.
Just like the start of the first half, there was goalmouth action in the second half and it was through Mngoma, who did well to use his body to block Dove Wome’s strike at goal.
Ntuli and Dumisani Swane continued to threaten with their deadly combinations, before Mngoma made a fantastic save in the 55th minute to deny Bongani Zungu.
The deadlock was finally broken, just minutes later, when Billiat supplied a neat ball to Wome inside the box. The striker switched feet before turning on the ball and firing a special effort into the top right corner of the net.
Cuthbert Malajila was denied in the 67th minute by Mngoma, but no other goal was added to the scoreline as the Brazilians claimed the three points.
The loss leaves Arrows still on one point out of three games, while Sundowns will move onto seven points.