Downs Score Four Against the Ghost, Book Place in Last Four

Mamelodi Sundowns booked a spot in the last four of the Nedbank Cup as they put out a great performance inspired by ‘ShoeShine and Piano’ football against Orlando Pirates. Masandawana put four past the Ghost in an entertaining game at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. The game had everything in it, passion, quality football, fighting spirit and goals. This win sends The Brazilians through to the next round where they will face off with TTM on Sunday afternoon.

The opening minutes showed glimpses of what the game will bring as Aubrey Modiba laid the foundation when he found himself in the box but his effort sailed past the face of goals. The “Postman” was at it again as he found Peter Shalulile in the box but the visitor’s defence was quick to react by intercepting the pass. It took twelve minutes for Bafana Ba Style to find the opener as Shalulile met a perfectly weighted pass by Rivaldo Coetzee before the Namibian dispatched the ball past Wayne Sandilands to score his fourth goal of the competition.

The Buccaneers also showed that they are not taking this game lying down as Mabasa found himself in a good space but Rushine De Reuck was on par to make a timely interception. A few minutes later, the visitors found some space behind Masandawana defence to get the equaliser through Mabasa. Gaston Sirino had a chance to bring back the lead after some neat play by Shalulile but his shot went straight to the keeper’s hands. With the first stanza coming to a close, a well-timed tackle by Mosa Lebusa on Mhango saw the resulting effort turned out for a corner, the half ended with both sides locked at 1-1.

The second half started at a blistering pace similar to the first and it was Themba Zwane who rounded the keeper to score the second goal of the night after three minutes. The tempo increased as the two teams began to play end-to-end football. Lebusa found himself in space and took a shot which narrowly went over. Deon Hotto managed to scramble a ball back into the box and his cross was almost deflected into the net by Lebusa but Denis Onyango was quick to make a fine save.

Mshishi danced around the Pirates defence and his curled effort had everyone beaten except for the keeper who made a great save. In the final fifteen minutes Lesedi Kapinga came in for Sirino, and skipper Hlompho Kekana came in for Lebohang Maboe. It took Kapinga less than a minute to announce his entrance as he calmly picked his spot for the third goal on the night. Only a few minutes later, Captain Kekana had one of his trademark shots from out the box as he beat Sandilands for the fourth goal of the night.

How we lined up: Onyango, Morena, De Reuck, Lebusa, Modiba, Coetzee, Mkhulise, Maboe ( Kekana 77′), Sirino ( Kapinga 77′), Zwane ( Mkhuma 90′), Shalulile
Subs: Goss, Kekana, Kapinga,Nascimento, Vilakazi, Mudau, Mkhuma, Motupa, Mvala