Mamelodi Sundowns emerged victorious against Swallows FC in the DStv Premiership with four stunning goals.
Peter Shalulile’s superb hat-trick along with Bradley Ralani’s goal sealed The Brazilians 4-2 victory against The Dube Birds in Wednesday night’s League thriller at the Dobsonville Stadium.
Bafana Ba Style showed dominance over Swallows in the bid for their title defense with three goals in the first half from Shalulile and Ralani. The hosts hit back twice with a Dillon Solomons goal in the first 45 minutes and then a Ruzaigh Gamildien goal the second half.
The game’s first chance came from Kamohelo Mahlatsi early in the game, as the Swallows attacker shot straight at Reyaad Pieterse. A slick counter attack followed as the Sundown’s goalie saved the goal attempt, resulting in a corner kick. The Namibian international star had the ball in the back of the net from a header as he beat Thela Ngobeni at his near post. All Downs Players were hands on in pressing the opponents, a super pass from captain Andile Jali presented an opportunity to unlock a shaky-looking Swallows backline as he connected with Shalulile who wasted no time in scoring his second goal for the night.
The hosts of the night wasted no time in responding to the two quick goals Masandawana dished out, Solomons came forward during a tussle with the defenders and eventually got his foot right in the ball to score one for the Dube Birds.
Both teams continued going forwards, diagonally and backwards, looking for more goals for their teams. Kagiso Malinga then fired just wide as Swallows again pressed for a goal in a game still very much controlled by Masandawana as half-time approached.
Ralani was then presented with a goalscoring opportunity just before the 30-minute mark. Fresh off the back of joining the Tshwane giants, the playmaker controlled the incoming long pass from Jali outside the box and extended the lead to three goals to one as the first-half action came to a close.
As the second half rolled around, Malinga’s tame effort marked the first chance of the second period, with Pieterse once again called into action to stop him. Monnapule Saleng’s tricky cross went over Downs’s goalpost as Swallows looked to come back early into the heated encounter.
Shalulile combined with Haashim Domingo in the box to present a potential avenue for Masandawana’s attack, but no threats were posed at the goalie who stood firm. The game’s second half goal followed just after the 80 minutes, as Gamaldien headed home a pinpoint cross.
Sundownns showed resilience soon after and continued with their approach through some neat build-up, Themba Zwane went close for goal as the defenders struggled to stop him from taking a shot. A rebound from Zwane’s attempt located his fellow teammate Shalulile who finished the job for Masandawana to make it four goals on the evening.
The result leaves the Bafana Ba Style as the log leaders in the DStv Premiership, with just six games remaining until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
This is how we lined up:
Pieterse , K. Mudau, L. Lakay (93′ Maema), R. De Reuck, A. Jali (93′ Modiba), G. Malukeka (87′ Mokoena), B. Onyango, H. Domingo (78′ Maboe), T. Zwane, P. Shalulile B. Ralanai (93′ Kekana)
Goss, A. Modiba, G. Kekana , N. Maema, T. Mokoena, L. Kapinga, G. Sirino, L. Maboe, K. Erasmus.