MATCH CENTRE

FRI 28 APRIL 2017, 20:00, PRINCESS MAGOGO STADIUM

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Arrows allow Sundowns to go top with poor showing

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Fri April 28, 22:29

Wasteful Golden Arrows succumbed to a 2-0 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns on Friday night during their Absa Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

In the wake of the defeat, Abafana Bes'thende remain placed at number eight on the log table with 31 points with four matches left to wrap-up their 2016/17 Premier Soccer League season.

Meanwhile, goals for the African champions came from skipper Hlompho Kekana and Motjeka Madisha to hand them their fifth straight win.

Percy Tau broke free in the fourth minute after he was set up by Themba Zwane, but the speedy forward's attempt could not trouble Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.

Four minutes later Sundowns keeper Denis Onyango showed his class when he denied Kudakwashe Mahashe in a one-on-one situation in the box.

Arrows denied their visitors in the 28th minute as Matome Mathiane cleared Khama Billiat's strike at goal off the line with the keeper beaten as Sundowns protested for a hand ball, yet the referee did not entertain the protest.

Clinton Larsen's men responded in the 40th minute as they searched for a goal, but Lerato Lamola's bicycle-kick in the box went over the cross bar.

The first half ended 0-0.

Upon their return from the tunnel, Lamola used his trickery in the 51st minute as he was set up from the midfield, but the forward failed to hit the target with just Onyango to beat.

For the second time, Onyango was equal to the task when he denied Mahachi from close range in the 58th minute.

However, a minute later Sundowns broke the deadlock when Kekana blasted a well-placed shot from the edge of the area into the right corner of the net, 1-0.

In the 70th minute Sundowns doubled their lead when defender Madisha headed home an inch perfect corner-kick, 2-0.

With time running out for Abafana Bes'thende, Onyango was in an uncompromising mood as he swallowed Nkanyiso Cele's shot from the d-line.

Despite Arrows’ push to score a consolation goal, Sundowns continued to dominate Arrows as they marched on to their fifth straight league win.

The win for Sundowns sees them move to the top of the league table with 50 points from 24 matches.

Golden Arrows: (0) 0
Mamelodi Sundowns: (0) 2 (Kekana 59', Madisha 70')

Golden Arrows: Gumede, Mzava, Mathiane, Dlamini, Bilankulu, Dube, Fikizolo (Sibeko 65'), Mahachi, Sibiya, Jooste (Cele 77'), Lamola (Msowoya 73')

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Morena (Hachi 76'), Nascimento, Madisha, T. Zwane (Ngcongca 61'), Mohomi, Billiat, Mashaba (Modise 47'), Kekana, Tau

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH PRINCESS MAGOGO STADIUM
GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
8. Hlompho Kekana (59')
32. Motjeka Madisha (70')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
32
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
5
16
Defender
28
Defender
4
Defender
14
Midfielder
59'
81'
8
Defender
20
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
66'
7
Midfielder
67'
16
Midfielder
46
Midfielder
70'
32
Midfielder
41
Midfielder
47'
19
Midfielder
77'
17
Midfielder
22
Forward/Striker
73'
41
Midfielder
76'
27
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
61'
18
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sibusiso Sibeko
Midfielder
66'
35
Teko Modise
Midfielder
47'
10
Chiukepo Msowoya
Forward/Striker
73'
45
Anele Ngcongca
Defender
61'
20
Nkanyiso Cele
Midfielder
77'
17
Fares Hachi
Defender
76'
0
CARDS
Lucky Mohomi
Midfielder
67'
16
Hlompho Kekana
Midfielder
81'
8
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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