Absa Premiership

Castro hat-trick guides Chiefs to Shell Cup glory over Sundowns

2019-10-14 08:18
Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro (Kaizer Chiefs website)

Cape Town - Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs beat defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns to claim the 2019 edition of the Shell Ultra Helix Cup.

Amakhosi scored four goals in the first half of the match without any reply from their opponents from Pretoria.

Going into this match, Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp kept the core of the team that played the last league game against Lamontville Golden Arrows and made three changes in the starting XI.

Sundowns, on the other hand, saved their big guns for the second half of the match as they started with a changed team.

Chiefs started like a house on fire, asking questions in the early minutes.

Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro did all the damage as they combined well to set up and convert the goals.

The opening goal came in the 9th minute courtesy of Castro and was followed by two more stunners by the Colombian striker to complete his hat-trick.

Late in the second half, Castro returned the favour by laying on a great ball for Billiat to register his name on the score sheet.

Both teams made changes in the second half as Chiefs brought on players such as Keletso Sifama, Sizwe Twala, Bernard Parker, Siphelele Ntshangase and Kabelo Mahlasela.

Seeing danger after going 4-0 down in the first half, Pitso Mosimane introduced Ali Meza, Kennedy Mweene, Gaston Sirino, Tebogo Langerman and Hlompho Kekana in the second stanza.

Sundowns responded by scoring a goal in the 60th minute courtesy of Meza. They were handed a penalty in injury time of the second which Sirino converted.

Chiefs could have scored another goal towards the end of the match but Chiefs’ 16-year-old youngster Sifama’s shot went slightly wide.


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