Absa Premiership

Sundowns score late to sink SuperSport

2017-04-19 21:51
Hlompho Kekana (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - An improved SuperSport United failed to stop Mamelodi Sundowns as they lost the second Absa Premiership Tshwane derby 1-0 on Wednesday night  at Lucas Moripe Stadium. 

A late second half header by Hlompho Kekana ensured the visitors bagged their second win over United in less than a week.  

However, the loss for Stuart Baxter's charges sees them occupying the fourth spot with 37 points from 23 matches. 

The second derby started on a low with the opening 10 minutes failing to produce clear cut chances as both sides fought for dominance. 

However, the first 20 minutes saw the visitors exchanging good passes, yet they failed to beat Clayton Daniels and his fellow defenders. 

Two minutes later, Kekana tried his trademark long range effort from a set piece, but goalkeeper Ronwen Williams was alert to fist the ball over the cross bar. 

Despite both sides dishing out good passes in the middle of the the park, there were no chances after the 30th minute as Tebogo Langerman and Teboho Mokoena's long range efforts went wide. 

With five minutes to go in the first half, Daniels showed a piece of skill with a brilliant turn in the box, but was denied by keeper Denis Onyango at the near post. 

The Tshwane derby produced no goals in the opening 45 minutes, but Amatsantsa A Pitori were better in the heart of the park as Reneliwe Letsholonyane saw his well struck shot swallowed by Onyango 10 minutes into the second stanza. 

Pitso Mosimane's men came close to bagging their lead in the 71st minute with skipper Kekana allowed space on the edge of the box, yet his shot missed the right post. 

In the last 10 minutes, Stuart Baxter's men showed massive improvement at the back as they stopped all the attacks launched by their visitors. 

However, Kekana produced a brilliant header in the 83rd minute from a well taken set piece by Teko Modise to beat Williams on his right corner, 1-0 to Sundowns. 

United pushed forward in an aim to avoid a second defeat in a week, yet they could not unlock their visitors defence as they lost the tie. 

In the wake of their third successive league win, the league champions sit at number three with 44 points from 22 matches.

 

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Saturday, 18 January 2020
Black Leopards v Kaizer Chiefs, Thohoyandou Stadium 15:30
Orlando Pirates v Highlands Park, Orlando Stadium 18:00
Cape Town City v Wits, Cape Town Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 19 January 2020
SuperSport United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Chippa United, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Polokwane City v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Friday, 24 January 2020
Cape Town City v Black Leopards, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
SuperSport United v Chippa United, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:00
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