Johannesburg - Percy Tau rescued a point for Mamelodi Sundowns in their 1-1
draw with SuperSport United at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on
Thabo Mnyamane handed SuperSport the lead against the run of
play with a classy finish before Tau popped up late on to stroke home from
inside the box.
It was a cagey start from both sides with Themba Zwane first
with a chance for Downs with a shot that he pulled wide.
Thapelo Morena was unable to rescue the next chance at the
far post with his effort saved by Ronwen Williams after Khama Billiat had
failed to properly connect to his shot from a Tau ball.
And despite pegging SuperSport back for much of the opening
exchanges, Eric Tinkler's side were soon ahead as Mnyamane stroked the ball
into the bottom-right corner of the net, having picked up a ball over the top
from Richard Boateng and racing forward.
Tau was prevented from getting a shot away with 15 minutes
on the clock after being set up by Billiat, before Tau hit a 35th minute
free-kick into a SuperSport defensive wall.
Williams then expertly kept saved Zwane's powerful header at
his back post following a superb ball from Tebogo Langerman.
Morgan Gould fired off target on the volley on the stroke of
half-time while second-half Sundowns substitute Sibusiso Vilakazi, on for
Billiat, skimmed the crossbar with a rasping drive shortly after the restart.
Gaston Sirino hit an upright with a 58th minute free-kick as
Sundowns sensed a way back into this game before Evans Rusike also hit a post
with Denis Onyango beaten.
Sirino continued to look lively, but saw his goalbound shot
blocked with 75 minutes played, however, the goal the visitors were looking for
soon arrived following a set-piece.
Hlompho Kekana chipped a delightful ball into the SuperSport
box, and after brining the ball down, Tau had time to pick his spot and smashed
the ball into the back of the net.
Clayton Daniels may have won the match for United in the
dying minutes but he was denied by Onyango from close range ahead of the final
whistle to conclude another entertaining Tshwane Derby.