Mamelodi Sundowns overcame Lamontville Golden Arrows 6 – 0 in the DStv Premiership at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Peter Shalulile bagged a hatrick with Gaston Sirino, Kermit Erasmus and Pavol Safranko also on the scoresheet in the affair. Masandawana, who now have 57 points in the Premier Soccer League, dominated proceedings throughout and the result never looked in doubt. Sirino had broken the deadlock on the 18th minute of play, after countless pressing on the Arrows’s attack.
Sirino’s goal lifted The Brazilians to even more excellence as they began to assert their authority, and they made it 2-0 from Lyle Lakay’s in-swinger as Shalulile headed home. Just a few minutes later, Namibian international, Shalulile put another one past Abafana Be’sthende goalie, Nkosingiphile Gumede. Bradley Ralani worked wonders with Themba Zwane, the two midfield maestros interchanged passess without much of a challenge in between the defenders before Zwane’s final pass to Shalulile.
Before the game went on a break, Nkosinathi Sibuya had his shot blocked by Downs’ goalkeeper, Denis Onyango who made a comfortable save and had the game up and running again in Sundowns’ favor. Onyango was a spectator for much of the opening 45-minutes as the first half came to an end with The Brazilians leading by three goals to zero.
The home team continued with their fierce attack in the second half, giving the opposition no time on the ball. Golden Arrows were yet to respond to the goals scored by The Brazilians, however they rarely troubled the hosts on counter-attacks.
Masandawana introduced fresh legs, Neo Maema, Mothobi Mvala and Pavol Safranko were the first set of substitutions made, followed by Lebohang Maboe and Kermit Erasmus. The contest was effectively over from the moment Shalulile finished from close range, scoring his 21st goal in the DStv Premiership.
Masandawana raced clear for another goal shortly afterwards, Slovak international Safranko extended the lead to 5 – 0, scoring back-to-back goals for the Yellow Nation. Arrows’ continued to chase the game with a big score line against them in Tshwane, however, Bafana Ba Style continued to prevail against the KwaZulu-Natal based team.
Erasmus put the game to bed by finishing off a rapid counter-attack, Lakay fed Maboe, who in turn took a shot at goal but was blocked by the defenders. Erasmus smashed home Masandawana’s sixth goal and sealed a deserved victory for the reigning DStv Premiership champions.
This is how we lined up:
Onyango ©, M. Lebusa, K. Mudau (77′ Maboe), L. Lakay, B. Onyango, A. Jali (72′ Mvala), G. Malukeka, T. Zwane, B. Ralani (64′ Maema), G. Sirino (64′ Safranko), P. Shalulile (77′ Erasmus).
Pieterse, R. De Reuck, A. Modiba, M. Mvala, L. Kapinga, L. Maboe, N. Maema, K. Erasmus, P. Safranko.