Shalulile Brace Bags Three Points For Downs At Orlando Stadium

Mamelodi Sundowns made it three league wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Orlando Pirates in Soweto on Saturday afternoon. The Brazilians seized control from the start with their counter pressing in attack and their defence pushing daringly high, it was clear from the beginning what the DStv Premiership Champions were searching for.

Without changing much of the starting line up that has been excelling, Thabiso Kutumela marked his first appearance in the starting line up and without wasting any time, the 28-year old made his presence felt with his first attempt at goal within five minutes of the first half. Having paved their way towards their opponent’s box, Masandawana’s aggression opened spaces for them to take shots towards Pirates goalie Siyabonga Mpontshane but failed to find an early opening goal.

Bafana Ba Style remained in control from the start in search of a goal and there were long spells when it seemed that they were capable of keeping the ball all afternoon. Peter Shalulile came close to scoring the first goal in extra time of the first half, however it was marked offside by the assistant referee. 

Both teams went into the first half break without scoring and prepared for a mouthwatering second half encounter. 

The second half was a much more open affair, with rare scoring opportunities at first and hard tackles made by both teams. The defending Champions bold and high pressing abilities paid off in the early minutes of the second half when Goodman Mosele’s pass was intercepted by Kutumela who made no mistakes marching towards his opponents with confidence and brilliantly combined with Shalulile who wasted no time in scoring the first goal of the afternoon’s clash.

Shalulile’s goal was a fine finish and the goal changed the complexion of the game. Pirates, who had been passive, had to open up and it became a superb game as a result. Amabhakabhaka were not going down without a fight, winger Vincent Pule shortly posed a threat to Downs’ lead with a cross inside the box that was met by Rushine De Reuck and saved by Denis Onyango.

It was a performance full of graft and hard work, as well as moments of wonderful attacking football from both sides, however Masandawana’s brilliance could not be overlooked. The Buccaneers’ hopes of getting back into the contest all-but disappeared when Shalulile stunned Mpontshane with another cracker of a goal just after the 70th minute following a delightful cross from Lyle Lakay on the left hand side, with the Namibian getting himself a brace on the day.

There were flashes from Pirates towards the end of the second half with Shandu firing towards Downs’ defense hoping to find a goal to get the home team back in the game, Onyango denied all their efforts with a firm challenge near the end.

Mamelodi Sundowns concluded the afternoon’s encounter with a 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates to remain top of the DStv Premiership log unbeaten with 13 points from five matches played.

This is how we lined up: D. Onyango, L. Lakay, R. De Reuck, R. Coetzee (85′ S. Vilakazi) G. Kekana, M. Lebusa, A. Jali (79′ Mvala), T. Zwane (62′ Domingo), T. Kutumela (79′ N. Maema), K. Erasmus (62′ P. Safranko), P. Shalulile.


Subs: R. Goss, D. Lunga, G. Sirino, H. Domingo, B. Onyango, M. Mvala, N. Maema, P. Safranko, S. Vilakazi.


5 Responses
  1. muzi kunene

    I’ll keep on saying this three Wisemen are far better than Pitso its just that other members are too obsessed with Pitso.
    With them we are very offensive even to the teams that are parking the bus,but come the draw or loose you’ll hear people saying we don’t have coaches and insulting them forgetting that We can’t win them all they will be time where we loose.
    Thanks for the three points and I was very happy when Sirino was not on the starting line up he must stay there until he stops being casual.I wonder who will stop us once Motupa,Maraisane and Kapinga starts to play I’m so happy even though the Soweto teams keep on calling us a small team but we are marching on,Kby forever

  2. Sbedula

    Seconded member those three wise men are very good and I think if they stop this thing of fighting each other we are going to destroy most of the this season, coming to the game it was good and the players responded well to the coaches and shalulile OOOh is best, Erasmus is too rusty but I’m sure given time he will come right.

  3. Ronnie Bothma

    Good starting lineup… I agree… Sirino is very casual at times. Kutumela is more active. Jali was a beast as usual. Shaulile tops. I have no complaints about any of the players. I love the calming effect that Khompela has. His role is very important.

  4. Mfana

    A great performance by the boys I know I’m always hard on u 3 musketeers but for all the good reasons.To speak the truth we can’t always ask for the coming back of Pitso everytime things are not going well for these coaches.We are more offensive than the era of Pitso,I mean 4 five consecutive games not conceded a single goal let alone a lose and no such excuse as slow starters this time around.Onyango is the greatest goalminder of all time at Sundowns.Kekana De Reuck,Lebusa and Riva just become a clean neat unit.Jali a link between attack and defence.Kutumela is good for counter attck,turn overs, transitions and acceleration.Zwane a master of tiki taka.There’s no need to mention Shalulile is just…,. undescribable.Kaboyelo I remain. I so wish this curse called Corona was not in our beautiful country, just to go to the stadium to support this.