Mamelodi Sundowns walked away with all three points against Maritzburg United, after edging the KZN side 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening.
Ali Meza was a thorn in the flesh and set up Themba Zwane for Sundowns’ first real chance, Maritzburg keeper Richard Ofori made a good save to deny Themba Zwane, who tried his luck with a snapshot from a tight angle.
Sundowns then took control of the match and Ofori found himself under pressure as Jose Ali Meza closed him down quickly, but the Sundowns attacker missed the target after the half-hour mark.
Gaston Sirino made mince meat of a Maritzburg defender before curling the back past a helpless Ofori to make it 1-0 to Sundowns. The score was 1-0 to Sundowns at the interval following an entertaining first-half.
While Tiyani Mabunda was stretched off for medical treatment, Siyanda Xulu found space in the box from a corner kick and made it one all for the Team Of Choice.
The defending league champions then pressed the visitors, with Hlompho Kekana pulling the strings from the middle. The Sundowns captain’s excellent long ball sent Tebogo Langerman through on goal in the 68th minute, but Ghana international Ofori produced a fine save to deny the left-back.
The Brazilians launched attacks in search of a late winning goal, with coach Pitso Mosimane having introduced Phakamani Mahlambi and Lyle Lakay.
The pressure did pay off as Lakay proved to be a super-sub when he scored with a well-taken shot to seal Sundowns’ 2-1 win over Maritzburg in stoppage time.
LINE UP: Denis Onyango, Thapelo Morena, Motjeka Madisha, Musa Lebusa, Tebogo Langerman, Tiyani Mabunda (Coetzee 58′), Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane, Gaston Sirino, Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mahlambi 62′), Ali Meza (Lakay 83′).