Mamelodi Sundowns produced another fine display to beat SuperSport United 1-0 in the Tshwane derby on Monday night.
The first chance at goal fell the way of Matsatsantsa, Patrick Maswanganyi fired a long range shot on target that forced Masandawana’s goalie Ronwen Williams to make an early save.
The defending Champions regrouped superbly, picking up where they left off after their previous game in the DStv Premiership. Aubrey Modiba took his chance at George Chigova, however his effort was cleared by the defensive work of Kegan Johannes as the ball took a deflection and went out for a corner.
After a few minutes of attack minded football from both teams, United came close to goal through Maswanganyi once again, the 24-year old forward saw his shot at goal go wide past Williams’ goal posts. Masandawana produced a scintillating performance heading towards the 20th minute of play, Marcelo Allende curled his free kick shot towards the far post to find the head of Rushine De Reuck who misdirected his chance slightly wide past the top post of United.
Just after the half hour mark in the Derby, Gaston Sirino played some exceptional one- and two-touch football with De Reuck.The Uruguay international put in the final cross inside the box with Themba Zwane looking to finish off the pass, but the ball went fast past Mshishi before he could connect to finish off.
Just at the stroke of halftime with the game looking to go into the break with no goals, Neo Maema put Bafana Ba Style ahead with a composed finish to break the deadlock between the two Tshwane rivals.
The visitors looked to equalize as early as possible when the second half resumed, after ten minutes of open play Williams was tested in his box with an in-swinging free kick from the right but United’s effort was superbly saved. The Brazilians once again excelled, Maema worked tirelessly to collect the loose ball on the edge towards the attacking area, but found his curled effort going above Chigova’s bar!
Masandawana made changes as the clock struck 65 minutes, Sirino made his way off for Peter Shalulile, followed by Cassius Mailula and Allende who made an exchange with Sipho Mbule and Thabiso Kutumela at 72 minutes. Another goal felt certain for The Brazilians and it nearly arrived in the form of a swift shot from Shalulile who got on the end of a loose back pass and tried to steal one in from a tight angle which went across the face of goal.
The Namibian international created several promising openings and was dangerous on the break, forcing Chigova to make crucial saves as the game drew to a close. Masandawana continue with their unbeaten run in the domestic league and remain top of the log with 43 points.
How we lined up:
Williams, Modiba (90′ Ngobeni), De Reuck, Mudau, Mokoena (90′ Kekana), Allende (72′ Mbule), Maema, Zwane ©, Mailula (72 Kutumela), G. Sirino (65′ Shalulile), M. Mvala.
D Onyango, Kekana, Shalulile, Ralani, Ngobeni, Sirino, Mbule, Saavedra, Kutumela.