MATCH CENTRE

TUE 25 AUGUST 2015, 19:30, MBOMBELA STADIUM

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Aces edge Sundowns, go top

by Staff Reporter

Tue August 25, 21:30

Mpumalanga Black Aces played the entire second-half with 10-men, but did enough to beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Tuesday evening.

Zamuxolo Ngalo handed AmaZayoni the lead, but the hosts were dealt a blow soon after with Jackson Mabokgwane receiving his marching orders for a cynical challenge outside the area.

Aces though managed to hold on despite continuous pressure from the Brazilians and as a result climb to the top of the table.

Both teams had chances early on with Aubrey Ngoma shooting wide for the hosts before Thabo Nthethe saw his header from close range fail to hit the target.

Teko Modise picked out the former Bloemfontein Celtic skipper at the back post, having peeled away from his marker, Nthethe would've been disappointed to see his attempt float wide on 12 minutes.

Nthethe had another chance just after the half-hour mark, latching onto a free-kick by Modise - with Mabokgwane stranded the Bafana Bafana stopper was lucky to see the ball fly wide.

Having seen the Brazilians go close through a succession of set-pieces, Aces opened the scoring through a corner-kick of their own. Aces skipper Ngalo got in at the near post before nodding Tshidiso Tukane's cross past Kennedy Mweene who had no chance.

Seemingly in control with the interval looming, Mabokgwane opened the door for Sundowns after he brought down Cuthbert Malajila outside the area - the referee left with no choice but to brandish the red card.

Substitute goalkeeper Shu-aib Walters had to be on his toes from the onset with the former Maritzburg number one keeping out Modise's free-kick to send the hosts into the break 1-0 up.

Walters was called into action once again just before the hour mark - this time the Aces gloveman did well to save at Billiat's feet after the the Zimbabwean skipped past a couple of Aces defenders.

Aces should've doubled their advantage through Tukane on 81 minutes. With 'Downs swarming forward, the hosts countered through Lebogang Manyama.

The on-loan attacker put it on a plate for his teammate, but Mweene kept a cool head to pull off a wonderful save.

Sundowns aimed to captalize on the lifeline handed to them by the Zambian stopper through Nthethe who had another chance late on, but Walters was up to the task as Aces claimed a memorable scalp.

Black Aces (1) 1 (Ngalo 37')

Mamelodi Sundowns 0

Black Aces: Mabokgwane; Kobola, Ngalo, Mzava, Nonyane, Matsi, Khuboni, Tukane, Ngoma (Walters 45+4'), Manyama (S.Masina 90+1'), Mbesuma (Jayiya 57')

Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene; S.Zwane, Nthethe, Mphahlele, Mashaba, Zungu (Ngele 50'), Modise, T.Zwane (Laffor 67'), Dolly (Kekana 51'), Billiat, Malajila

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH MBOMBELA STADIUM
BLACK ACES GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
22. Eddie Zamuxolo Ngalo (37')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
4 1 2
BLACK ACES STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
45 + 1'
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
30'
37'
22
16
3
Defender
21
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
4
Midfielder
23'
50'
34
Midfielder
45 + 4'
11
Midfielder
51'
7
Midfielder
90'
90 + 1'
90 + 1'
21
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
41'
15
Midfielder
40'
61'
18
Forward/Striker
57'
9
Forward/Striker
27
SUBSTITUTIONS
Shu-aib Walters
Goalkeeper
45 + 4'
31
Mogakolodi Ngele
Midfielder
50'
11
Bhongolwethu Jayiya
Forward/Striker
57'
10
Hlompho Kekana
Midfielder
51'
8
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
61'
28
CARDS
Eddie Zamuxolo Ngalo
Defender
30'
22
Bongani Zungu
Midfielder
23'
34
Tshidiso Tukane
Midfielder
41'
15
Themba Zwane
Midfielder
40'
18
Jackson Mabokgwane
Goalkeeper
45 + 1'
1
Shu-aib Walters
Goalkeeper
74'
31
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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