Sundowns Ladies survive late scare to prevail over Copperbelts Ladies

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies continued their remarkable run of form as they registered a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Copperbelts Ladies at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in the latest round of the Hollywoodbets Super League.

Andisiwe Mgcoyi’s second-half strike was enough to hand the reigning champions their 16th win of the season after 19 games played.

The game saw the Brazilians welcome several of the Banyana Banyana heroes, with Tiisetso Makhubela and Karabo Dhlamini entrusted in the starting eleven.

A highly competitive first half saw Banyana Ba Style dominate proceedings, with Andisiwe Mgcoyi and Boitumelo Rabale coming close on several occasions. Despite their efforts, the scoreline was goalless at the break.

After the restart, Mgcoyi’s hard work paid off as the veteran striker finished off a fine team move, scoring her 7th goal of the season. Unfortunately, in the 64th minute, Downs was reduced to 10 players after Thato Letsoso was sent off for a dangerous tackle.

Despite the numerical deficit, Sundowns Ladies continued to contain the hosts, with Sedilame Boseja delivering a couple of impressive saves. The Polokwane-based outfit kept pushing late in the game and were awarded a last-gasp penalty, which was blazed over the bar. That ultimately secured the hard-fought victory for Sundowns Ladies.

Miche Minnies, who put in an impressive shift, was full of praise for the Brazilians, “I am not surprised by the effort of the hosts because every team we have faced this season has shown determination to stop our momentum. Nevertheless, we fought as a team today and we are proud of securing the three points. This hard-fought win is a testament to our hard work and dedication. We will continue to push forward, learn from each match and grow stronger as a team.”

Tiisetso was pleased with her successful return to the team, which concluded with a clean sheet, “I am delighted with the victory and securing the three points. Although it was a challenging fixture, we complicated matters by failing to capitalize on our opportunities. We recognize numerous areas that require improvement before the upcoming games and we are committed to addressing them.”

The win sees Sundowns Ladies maintain their lead at the top of the Hollywoodbets Super League with 50 points which features 16 wins and two draws after 19 games.

Andisiwe’s goal means that she has now scored the match-winning goal in two consecutive games, following her exploits against Ma-Indies Ladies before the international break. The veteran striker has now bagged seven goals, placing her five goals behind Melinda Kgadiete and Boitumelo Rabale, who are tied on 12 goals. Lelona Daweti and Chuene Morifi have both netted five goals each.

Congratulations to the team for a hard-fought win!