Masandawana Brush Aside Royal AM in Tricky KZN Conditions

Mamelodi Sundowns record back-to-back victory in KwaZulu-Natal after brushing aside Royal AM 3-0 in the DStv Premiership on Saturday evening. The Brazilians put in a stunning display at Chatsworth Stadium to claim three points before going into the international FIFA Break.

Goals from Neo Maema, Cassius Mailula and Bradley Ralani were enough to allow the defending Champions to open up the gap in the league, a quick start to the match set up the scene for a heated encounter with chances at the side of the hosts inside the first few minutes. Masandawana goalie Ronwen Williams got involved to help the defenders with incoming balls played behind the line to clear off any attempts.

Bafana Ba Style’s first chance at any attempts towards goal came after 15 minutes if okay, Teboho Mokoena had the chance to put the team in the lead when he was awarded with a free kick. The long range shot specialist was unlucky to see his effort bounce off the wall put up by Royal.

Thwihli Thwahla put more pressure on Sundowns, this time Masandawana defenders had to work together to clear the ball out of danger that was going for goal and a corner kick was awarded to the men wearing black. Chances continued to be exchanged and Royal AM was looking to build on their good start to the evening, flashing a shot just wide, Mothobi Mvala made a superb block to deny the opportunity into the box.

Moments after being pressed by the home team, Downs pulled off on attacking movement through Thapelo Morena, but had his final pass blocked by defenders. Williams also made an unexpected save from Lantshene Phalane’s long strike.

With 5 minutes left before half time and no goals scored by either side, Neo Maema had a great a chance inside the box before defenders piled up pressure on him to see the ball played back to Royal AM players. Downs continued to pesevere and regained possession, a well worked team goal followed as Maema opened the scoring lines with a pass from Mailula. The Tshwane giants took the lead going into the break by one goal, leaving the hosts to catch up in the second half.

The Brazilians kicked off the second half with immediate changes to the team that had started in the first half, Mosa Lebusa waa replaced by Khuliso Mudau as the game was set to resume. Downs pushed forward after 5 minutes in the restart, getting their first real threat through Mailula who found Sphelele Mkhulise at the edge of the box, but unfortunate to result in any further goals.

Themba Zwane made his way on to the field just before the hour mark, taking over the place of Haashim Domingo, followed by Lebohang Maboe and Bradley Ralani who exchanged with Maema and Marcelo Allende. Masandawana kept their defensive structures well to deny Thwihli Thwahla the chance of any come back in the battle, Mudau and Mkhulise teamed up to stop Mfundo Thikazi’s attempt at equalizing.

With the game nearing it’s end, Mokoena took another well orchestrated strike from far, forcing Xolani Ngcobo to make a good save for the home team. Masandawana’s resilience prevailed, Mokoena showed up in the action once again, driving the balk from the middle of the park and put the ball across the face of goal with Ngcobo making an error as the ball spills out if his hands to see Mailula strike on the rebound. Mailula completed a back-to-back scoring streak as he put the second goal in for Downs.

Masandawana showed to be dominant and ruthless, Gaston Sirino made an immediate impact shortly after coming off the bench. The Uruguay international forward challenged the goalie who went out of position, Sirino connected his ball with Ralani who scored the third and final goal of the night to sink Royal AM in front of their home crowd.

Man of the match award was given to 21-year old Limpopo born star Mailula as Bafana Ba Style head into the break with 28 points top of the log. 

This is how we lined up: R. Williams, T. Morena, M. Mvala, M. Lebusa © (45′ Mudau), G. Kekana, T. Mokoena, S. Mkhulise, N. Maema (72′ Ralani), H. Domingo (59′ Zwane), C. Mailula (88′ Sirino), M. Allende (72′ Maboe)

Subs: D. Onyango, L. Kapinga, T. Zwane, A. Jali, L. Maboe, R. Coeetzee, G. Sirino, K. Mudau, B. Ralani.


7 Responses
  1. Thulas

    Champions stuff. The only team averaging more than 2points per game yet it have not reached the desired level. Hola Masandawana Hola

    1. Jero

      Cash and
      Carry k a Cassius silently doing his job breaking the records the first south African younger to score hatrick in caf champion leagues he had brace a first 21 year old at sundowns to archive this and scored and assist in back to back league game.congratulations to all yellow nation

  2. Jero

    Guys let us give our players nick names what about what name we should give this young boy is very impressive. What about cash n carry or cash asinamali bazokhala

  3. Jero

    We have exciting youngsters 22 year old Allande. Let them dance . NaSir 21 old Bazomthola kuphi Areyang
    Name that Tshwane bu’s referring when he left chiefs defence wondering ukuthi Bazomthola kuphi please just come with good names thats.

  4. Mfana

    Cassius “My Lula”Mailula what a gem,what a find of the season,this is what we have been complaining about,ignoring our development.I so wish Luvuyo Phewa could be loaned out to teams like Swallows who are desperately in need of players so that he gets game time.A great win,yesterday congratulations to the boys.

  5. Sbedula

    Holla masandawana I’m happy three points is in the bag, first half was not convincing but second half was better especially last ten minutes. I’m happy for mailula the boy is good and again thanks for the coaches for convincing three points

  6. Ronnie Bothma

    Excellent tempo and intensity like i said about the game midweek. I am pleasantly surprised by that… In fact I worry about the players not being able to keep up with the tempo as this is a new thing.. We usually very slow… I do not believe that the team is fit enough to keep up with the tempo. But in the last 2 games the team has managed to do that… This is commendable. Credit to the coaches too…