MATCH CENTRE

SAT 11 MAY 2019, 15:00, GOBLE PARK STADIUM

0
VS
1

Sundowns Absa Premiership champions AGAIN, Stars AXED!

by BackPageTXT

Sat May 11, 17:38

Mamelodi Sundowns were able to defend their title as they were crowned the 2018/19 Absa Premiership champions on Saturday after defeating Free State Stars 1-0 at Goble Park.

The result sees them finish two points above Orlando Pirates while the loss for Stars sees them relegated from the South African top flight (on goal difference after finishing on the same points as Maritzburg United)

Sundowns started positively and almost took the lead in the tenth minute when Gaston Sirino broke down the left flank and squared for Lebohang Maboe, but headed inches wide from ten-yards out.

Five minutes later Hlompho Kekana found some space in midfield and drove towards goal before seeing his 18-yard stinger superbly saved by the Polokwane keeper.

The home side created their first real scoring chance in the 25th minute when Harris Tchilimbou met a good cross into the box, but his header shaved the wrong side of the post.

The Brazilians suffered a bit of a set-back in the 39th minute when Sirino had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Phakamani Mahlambi.

Mahlambi, though, made his impact felt four minutes later when he gave Sundowns the lead after some great build-up play concluded with him firing the ball home from just inside the box to make it 1-0 at the break.

Stars controlled the flow of play at the start of the second half and looked to have taken the lead in the 59th minute courtesy of Sibusiso Hlubi, but the goal was disallowed for a handball.

Ten minutes later Sundowns nearly doubled their lead when Themba Zwane played Kekana into space on the edge of the box, but his shot sailed just over the target.

Stars three played forward in the last fifteen minutes in hope of securing an equaliser, but were unable to do so.

Free State Stars (0) 0

Sundowns (1) 1 (Mahlambi 43’)

Teams

Stars: 23. Sangare, 2. Mobbie, 28. Mahamutsa, 20. Mbhele, 21. Phungwayo, 4. Makhaula, 5. Masehe, 15. Mokhuoane (Rodgers 46’), 7. Hlubi, 27. Tchilimbou, 19. Jappie (Khabane 61’).

Sundowns: 14. Onyango, 27. Morena, 2. Lebusa, 3. Nascimento, 4, Langermna, 8. Kekana, 40. Coetzee, 11. Vilakazi (Arendse 89’), 18. Zwane (Lakay 78’), 26. Sirino (Mahlambi 43’), 33. Maboe.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE GOBLE PARK STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
27. Phakamani Mahlambi (43')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
4 3
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
2
Defender
0
Defender
53'
29
Defender
88'
16
Defender
23'
28
Defender
16
Defender
87'
20
Defender
81'
4
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
39'
26
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
27'
5
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
46'
15
Midfielder
84'
89'
11
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
61'
19
Midfielder
78'
18
SUBSTITUTIONS
Eleazar Rodgers
Forward/Striker
46'
9
Phakamani Mahlambi
Midfielder
39'
27
Mpho Khabane
Midfielder
61'
33
Lyle Lakay
Midfielder
78'
23
Wayne Arendse
Defender
89'
6
CARDS
Rooi Mahamutsa
Defender
23'
28
Tebogo Langerman
Defender
81'
4
Paulus Masehe
Midfielder
27'
5
Sibusiso Vilakazi
Midfielder
84'
11
Patrick Phungwayo
Defender
53'
29
Ricardo Nascimento
Defender
88'
16
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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