MATCH CENTRE

WED 22 AUGUST 2018, 19:30, LOFTUS VERSFELD STADIUM

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Highlands hold 10-man Sundowns

by Staff Reporter

Wed August 22, 21:28

Highlands Park continued their unbeaten return to the Absa Premiership as they held 10-man Mamelodi Sundowns to a goalless stalemate on Wednesday.

The result at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium sees the Brazilians move up to fifth place on the log with five points from their first three matches, while the Lions of the North are up to 11th after a third straight draw.

Sundowns enjoyed early dominance, but found Highlands’ defence a tough nut to crack. Junior Sibande was particularly excellent, often popping up in just the right place to put an end to any dangerous moves from the hosts.

The Brazilians’ best hope for a goal in the first half came in the 35th minute when Gaston Sirion played a great diagonal ball into the penalty area – Jeremy Brockie lined up to make a diving header, but Sello Motsepe managed to make a vital interception.

The Lions of the North offered relatively little in attack, though they had the best chance of the first half. In injury time a mistake at the back from Wayne Arendse gifted Sabelo Nyembe a sight of goal, but he lashed a volley high and wide.

Controversy struck early in the second half when ‘Downs defender Ricardo Nascimento was sent off – apparently for an unsavoury remark toward the referee – leaving the home side with just 10 men from the 51st minute onward.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, ‘Downs almost claimed the lead in the 73rd minute – a powerful header from Arendse looked destined for the back of the net, but Sibande made a heroic clearance off the line to keep the score line blank.

The Brazilians again came close to breaking the deadlock in the 87th minute, as substitute Lyle Lakay – with his first touch of the ball – forced Highlands goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini into a diving save with a shot direct from a free kick.

Sundowns will be in action this weekend when they face Cape Town City in the first leg of the MTN8 semifinals, while Highlands will be away at Baroka FC in the league next midweek.

Mamelodi Sundowns 0
Highlands Park 0

Sundowns: Onyango, Ncgongca, Arendse, Nacimento, Langerman, Sirino, Kekana, Zwane, Vilakazi (Lakay 86’), Meza (Tony Silva 81’), Brockie (Madisha 55’)

Highlands: Kapini, Mokoena, Sibande, Motsepe, Mofokeng (Versuur 61’), Mahlangu (Motlafi 68’), Rae (Mbunjana 81’), Haoseb, Mvala, Mbatha, Nyembe

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LOFTUS VERSFELD STADIUM
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS HIGHLANDS PARK FC GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 1 5
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP HIGHLANDS PARK FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
36
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
20
Defender
45
Defender
51'
16
Defender
72'
33
Defender
29'
4
Defender
21
Defender
6
Defender
61'
26
Midfielder
45 + 2'
26
Defender
81'
24
Midfielder
8
Defender
56'
34
Midfielder
39'
86'
11
Midfielder
26'
43
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
60'
14
Forward/Striker
55'
19
Midfielder
31
Forward/Striker
81'
7
Midfielder
57'
68'
40
SUBSTITUTIONS
Motjeka Madisha
Midfielder
55'
32
Ricardo Versuur
Defender
61'
25
Toni Silva
Midfielder
81'
24
Thabo Motlafi
Midfielder
68'
17
Lyle Lakay
Midfielder
86'
23
Mlungisi Mbunjana
Midfielder
81'
8
CARDS
Tebogo Langerman
Defender
29'
4
Lindokuhle Mbatha
Midfielder
26'
43
Sibusiso Vilakazi
Midfielder
39'
11
Sello Motsepe
Defender
56'
34
Gaston Sirino
Midfielder
45 + 2'
26
Siphiwe Mahlangu
Midfielder
57'
40
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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