Absa Premiership

Sundowns reclaim second spot

2015-05-03 17:16
Hlompho Kekana and Teko Modise (Supplied)

Rustenburg - Mamelodi Sundowns have reclaimed second place in the PSL standings with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Brazilians opened the scoring after 14 minutes through Hlompho Kekana, before Katlego Mashego doubled their advantage shortly before the half-hour mark.

And, although Letladi Madubanya managed to pull one back for Dikwena just before the break, Solomon Mathe's sending off midway through the second period ended any hopes the hosts had of completing the comeback.

It was Stars who began the game the more sprightly of the two sides, but Madubanya saw his shot parried behind by Denis Onyango after just four minutes, while the goalkeeper was again on hand to deny Ndumiso Mabena 10 minutes later.

However, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock, Kekana afforded space to shoot, and shoot he did as he unleashed a fierce strike which flew through a crowd of bodies before nestling in the back of the net.

It wasn't long until Pitso Mosimane's men had their second, Mashego lining up a free-kick which he brilliantly dispatched past Kabelo Dambe.

Dinaledi would be able to take something into the half-time break, though, with Madubanya pulling one back for the hosts after heading home from Mogakolodi Ngele's free-kick.

Tlou Segolela almost found a leveler for Stars a few minutes after the restart, but Onyango continued to prove a major force in front of goal, while Kagiso Mlambo was also called upon at the other end, following suit to keep out an effort from Teko Modise.

Stars' hopes of mounting a comeback were severely dented as Mathe picked up a second yellow card and subsequent sending off, and Sundowns looked to take immediate advantage, but Khama Billiat was brilliantly denied by the diving goalkeeper.

However, the Tshwane sides were still able to coast to the three points, replacing Orlando Pirates in second place on the standings with just two games remaining in the top-flight season.

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