MATCH CENTRE

WED 24 FEBRUARY 2016, 19:30, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

2
VS
1

Aces' late goal fails to hold Sundowns

by BackPageTXT

Wed February 24, 21:55

A late goal by Mpho Matsi saw Mpumalanga Black Aces losing 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night.

On the other hand, two first half goals by Mzikayise Mashaba and Hlompho Kekana gave the Brazilians the full three points as they maintained their lead at seven points.

Muhsin Ertugral's men remain placed at number four with 36 points, and it was the hosts who first attacked when man of the match Khama Billiat troubled Aces' defence.

Billiat made a great run down the right flank before beating Thabo Nonyane and crossed for the onrushing Mahaba, who finished in the sixth minute.

A few minutes later, an exchange of wonderful passes on the right edge of the box saw Kekana receiving the ball and taking a grass cutter to beat Shu-Aib Walters, making it 2-0 for the hosts.

In the 12th minute, Billiat tried a long range curler from the left but he missed the top corner, and after 15 minutes of action Collins Mbesuma made a great turn in the box but his shot went over the cross bar.

Despite dominance by the Brazilians, AmaZayoni tried to push forward and Mukuka Mulenga's attempt in the 29th minute nearly beat Onyango as it went over.

In their follow-up, Aubrey Modiba forced a good save from the Ugandan keeper when he saw his well driven shot tipped over by the net minder in the 24th minute.

Despite AmaZayoni's attempts to pull one back, it was 1-0 at half time and the Nelspruit-based side came back better and enjoyed possession.

Although they failed to create clear-cut chances, their good opportunity came in the 75th minute when Onyango was forced to produce a double save to deny Ngoma and Khuboni.

Two minutes later, substitute Sibusiso Masina nearly beat Onyango from close range in the box but his shot went over the woodwork.

With six minutes to go, the Brazilians' bench introduced Anthony Laffor and Katlego Mashego for Billiat and Keagan Dolly. Immediately Mashaba nearly made it three when he made a fantastic run only to see his shot denied by the crossbar.

In the dying minutes of the encounter, defender Ashraf Hendricks received a sweet cross from Nonyane and his powerful header sailed over the bar.

However, in injury time, Mpho Matsi pulled one back for the visitors from a header at the far post.

Mamelodi Sundowns (2) 2 (Mashaba 6', Kekana 9')
Mpumalanga Black Aces: (0) 1 (Matsi 90')

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Arendse, Langerman, Nthethe, Mbekile, Dolly (Laffor 84'), Mashaba, Soumahoro, Zwane T (Mokoea 89'), Billiat (Mashego 84'), Kekana

Mpumalanga Black Aces: Walters, Moon (Kobola 29'), Mzava, Hendricks, Nonyane, Ngoma, Matsi, Khuboni, Modiba (Mbatha 56'), Mulenga (Masina 56'), Mbesuma

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS BLACK ACES GOALS
19. Mzikayise Mashaba (5') 23. Mpho Matsi (90 + 3')
8. Hlompho Kekana (9')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP BLACK ACES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
36
Goalkeeper
31
29
Defender
6
Defender
4
Defender
56'
12
Defender
2
Defender
29'
29
Defender
6
3
Midfielder
5
Defender
2
Midfielder
9'
8
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
84'
7
Midfielder
90 + 3'
23
Midfielder
84'
20
Midfielder
56'
13
Midfielder
5'
19
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
89'
18
Forward/Striker
86'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Katlego Mashego
Forward/Striker
84'
53
Vincent Kobola
Defender
29'
4
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
84'
28
Lindokuhle Mbatha
Midfielder
56'
0
Lebohang Mokoena
Midfielder
89'
23
Dennis Masina
Midfielder
56'
8
CARDS
Collins Mbesuma
Forward/Striker
86'
9
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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