Masandawana Secure Spot In Nedbank Cup Semi-Finals

Mamelodi Sundowns routed KwaZulu-Natal visitors Summerfield Dynamos 5 – 0 in the Nedbank Cup quarter finals on Saturday evening in Pretoria.

Goals from Lesedi Kapinga, Kermit Erasmus (2), Gaston Sirino and Pavol Safranko were enough for Bafana Ba Style to thrash third tier opponents out of the KeYona Competition. A slow and steady start to the game due to rainy weather conditions eventually provided action when Uruguayan international, Sirino tucked a low shot past Bongani Masoga and opened the scoring line for Masandawana. Kapinga perfectly eliminated two defenders on the right side of the pitch to put in a cross in Dynamo’s box to connect with Sirino as the forward was well positioned to take the shot at goal.

Moments later The Brazilians were in total control of ball possession as the ball rotated amongst the men in Yellow T-shirts, Erasmus broke down the right wing and drilled the ball perfectly to Neo Maema who was on the opposite side of the field. With Maema’s perfect control of the ball, “Billy” played the ball back into the box to Kapinga who finished off with a comfortable goal to make it 2 – 0 in less than 15 minutes of play.

Kapinga had another chance in the first half which offered him a brace in the game, but due to the wet conditions at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium the ball could not remain on his feet. The visitors had been pinned in their own third since kick-off and Masandawana were clear on sight with goals as most balls were all put on Masoga’s target. Meanwhile on the other side, Downs goalie, Ricardo Goss had little to do in the encounter that did not threaten his clean sheet record.

A constant threat down the right flank towards Masoga was Aubrey Modiba who worked an excellent ball movement into the box as the midfielder tried his own luck to extend the lead. A moment that seemed to sink the visitors as the goalkeeper was beaten by Modiba, Dynamos Samuel Darpoh cleared The Brazilians shot off the line. It was not over for the ABC Motsepe Champions, Teboho Mokoena followed with a thunder strike on target shortly, only for the long shot to hit the top of the goalpost.

The first half action came to an end with Sundowns in the lead with 13 goal attempts, 11 on target and only two at the back of the net. Summerfield had only 1 goal attempt which was the only one on target with not much threat to The Brazilians mission.

The second half began in similar fashion as the first had ended as Samkele Ngubane struck an effort from the edge of the box that hit the top of Goss’s goalpost.

Downa finally crafted a chance for themselves after 50 minute when Sirino used his skill to beat the defense and connect with Erasmus to finish off the excellent work. The floodgates were well and open and Erasmus added a fourth ten minutes later. Coming from the middle of the pitch, Lebohang Maboe spotted Sirino up front and delivered a long pass towards the attacker, who eventually directed the ball towards Romeo as he went on to score a brace in the evening.

The Brazilians speedy start to the second half got even better just a couple of minutes later as they made changes to the team, Erasmus, Kapinga, Khuliso Mudau and Maema were give a chance to rest, while Mothobi Mvala, Sphelele Mkhulise, Pavol Safranko and Promise Mkhuma stepped on to the pitch to continue with their duties.Things just kept getting better for Masandawana, who made it five shortly after making substitutions. Safranko confidently headed home his first goal in the Nedbank Cup competition from Sirino’s free kick delivery.

The reigning Premier Soccer League champions controlled their lead with relative ease and Dynamos consigned themselves to defeat. 

This is how we lined up:

  1. Goss, K. Mudau (78′ Safranko), A. Modiba, M. Lebusa ©, G. Kekana, L. Maboe, T. Mokoena, L. Kapinga (65′ Mkhulise), K. Erasmus (65′ Mkhuma), G. Sirino, N. Maema (78′ Mvala).

Subs:

  1. Pieterse, B. Onyango, M. Mvala, T. Zwane, P. Safranko, P. Mkhuma, S. Mkhulise, L. Lakay, P. Shalulile.

 

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