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'Downs close gap to the top

2014-03-25 21:48

Rustenburg - Goals from Surprise Moriri, Anthony Laffor and Lebohang Mokoena powered Mamelodi Sundowns to a 3-1 win over Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Tuesday evening.
 
The result sees the Brazilians close to within three points of PSL leaders Kaizer Chiefs (who have now played a game less), while Dikwena drop to eighth on the log after suffering just their second home defeat of the season.
 
Sundowns opened the scoring just before the midway point of the first half. Overlapping left-back Mzikayise Mashaba beat several challenges before playing a hard, low cross to the near post and Surprise Moriri provided a sharp finish from close range that went in via the underside of the crossbar.
 
The visitors doubled their lead four minutes into the second half, with Lebohang Mokoena providing a cutback from the left by-line and Anthony Laffor easily finished from close range to make it 2-0.
 
With just under 20 minutes to play, Laffor sprinted free on goal and tried to round Siyabonga Mpontshane, but the goalkeeper brilliantly stuck out his right hand and cleanly won the ball to keep his side within two goals.
 
However, the ‘keeper was beaten by Mokoena in the 78th minute. The Sundowns attacker charged down a clearance from a defender before firing a low, long-range drive into the back of the net to make it 3-0.
 
Stars gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a goal in the 81st minute. Sandilands, who had a while earlier injured his ankle, came for a cross from a corner kick but got nowhere near the ball, allowing Robert Ng’ambi a free header to make it 3-1.
 
Scorers:
Platinum Stars: (0) 1 (Ng’ambi 81’)
Mamelodi Sundowns: (1) 3 (Moriri 21’, Laffor 49’, Mokoena 78’)
 
Teams:

Platinum Stars: Mpontshane, Mere, Gumede, Semenya, Mpeta, Sarr (T. Mthembu 64’), Mhlongo, Malokase (Ngele 42’), Ng’ambi, Hadebe, (Makudubela 61’) S. Mthembu
 
Mamelodi Sundowns: Sandilands, Mphahlele, Schut, Nthethe, Mashaba, Modise, Kekana, Moriri (Nyandoro 63’), Mokoena (Malajila 81’), Wome (Zungu 63’), Laffor

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Comments
  • Bokaba Collen - 2014-03-25 22:21

    Crucial 3 points,Thanxs Downs,KaBoYellow!

  • Isaac Oratile Leruele - 2014-03-25 22:24

    Now we speak about 'depth'....

  • joe.todani - 2014-03-25 22:39

    Well done Pitso

  • Johnny Axe - 2014-03-26 00:06

    Hehe if your parents name you "Surprise" you pretty much know the condom broke or was stapled to a government pamphlet.

  • Choene Maleka - 2014-03-26 00:21

    What a game,very soon we'll be back to our original position n is about time that Chiefs must now make way for the sky. Yellow nation 4 life.

  • Bakang Biva Canu Jonas - 2014-03-26 00:44

    Its only a few more games 2 go, Sundowns can still bring us that title race!

  • Alviero Williams - 2014-03-26 01:29

    We must thank Chiefs for keeping our place hot but its time to step off Chiefs. The party is over for you guys. Skies the limit for life.

  • Derrick Tshepo - 2014-03-26 05:11

    Sundowns are killing it this time chiefs ur next on menu

  • John Mabunda - 2014-03-26 05:28

    PLUS94 RESEACH COMPANY /JHB BRANCH HIGHPARK.IMANEGEMENT YAKHONA IBOLILE.BACOSHA BASEBRNZI NJALO.WITHOUT WRITING THE WORNING.THEY SAY PARK YOUR BACKS AN GO...

  • Nkosinathis Mpanza - 2014-03-26 07:22

    isisfudumezele ishlalo ngokwanele impofana thank u, sungasukamanje sesfikile

  • Mohale Victor Semusa - 2014-03-26 08:20

    Dream on masundowns, when you wake up Amakhosi will be celebrating again. Remember it will be finished on the 05/04/2014 Soccer City.Rise khosi Rise...

  • Sandile Bulwana - 2014-03-26 09:06

    Gud game boys weldone cheez and Moriri,u guys are marvelous 5th here we cum zebraz

  • Potter Malada - 2014-03-26 09:14

    Sundowns is the best attacking team in the psl the sky is the limit keep it up guys nd tnx 4 pitso who givs any player a chance 2 ply

  • Larry Meas - 2014-03-26 10:03

    Welldone Sundrunks!!! Crucial win indeed...This league will have an exciting finish this year not like last year when P/stars and Bucs Handed the league to the Zebras!!!....Can`t wait for the Sundrunks and Zebras clash,whoever wins that game willbe crowned champions!!!Goodluck to you both!!

  • Potter Malada - 2014-03-31 09:25

    4amakhosi dnt thnk u hv games in hand u 1 game in hand coz dis satday sundown its going 2 bit u lyk nobody's business the sky is the limit

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