Downs open league win in style

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Mamelodi Sun­downs man­aged to book their first 2015/16 Absa Premier­ship vic­tory when they beat Bid­vest Wits 4-2 at Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium yesterday.

A brace by Cuth­bert Mala­jila, and soli­tary strikes by Khama Bil­liat and Teko Modise were enough for Pitso Mosi­mane’s men to bag the full three points, while a brace by Daine Klate gave the Stu­dents some­thing to cheer about.

As early as the eighth minute, Modise pro­duced some flair by get­ting the bet­ter of the ex-Brazil­ian Jab­u­lani Shongwe with a “shi­bobo” – and the lat­ter re­ceiv­ing a yel­low card.

How­ever, in the 17th minute, Sun­downs skip­per Ramahlwe Mphahlele showed his lead­er­ship when he cleared the ball off Kennedy Mweene’s line as he was beaten by Klate’s header.

But it was the hosts who grabbed the lead three min­utes later through Mala­jila as he re­ceived a pass from Bil­liat and slot­ted home with ease, beat­ing the on­com­ing Moe­neeb Josephs.

In the 33rd minute, Hunt’s men made some ef­forts to re­tal­i­ate when they re­ceived a free-kick on the edge of the box. But Klate’s at­tempt flew over the bar, not trou­bling Mweene at all.

Both sides made at­tempts to move for­ward but it was Sun­downs who held on to 1-0 their lead to­wards the in­ter­val.??

The Braam­fontein side came back from the tun­nel stronger and man­aged to give Mweene some­thing to work on, but the Zam­bian keeper par­ried Klate’s shot over the bar and Buhle Mkhwanazi’s try hit the cross bar.

Just af­ter the 50th minute, Botswana in­ter­na­tional Mo­gakolodi Ngele found space down the left and un­leashed a thun­der­bolt, which was tipped over by Josephs. Shongwe again showed his speed and aware­ness as he man­aged to take a shot which went over Mweene’s posts.

In the 62nd minute, the hosts failed to deal with a cross from the right and found Klate in the box, who out­jumped a de­fender and beat Mweene to find an equaliser.

As time was run­ning out and both sides were seem­ingly set­tling for a draw, the Brazil­ians pushed for­ward, search­ing for a sec­ond one, and they were re­warded. Mala­jila tus­sled for the ball with Josephs in the box un­til he forced the goal as he was tack­led to hand the hosts a 2-1 lead.

A few sec­onds later, Elias Pelembe’s ef­fort hit the posts, but it was the hosts who con­tin­ued to show hunger when Bil­liat fin­ished a beau­ti­ful through pass from Hlom­pho Kekana to make it 3-1. With just two min­utes re­main­ing on the board, mid­field gen­eral Modise made it four, with a thun­der­ous curl­ing ef­fort from the edge of the box and giv­ing Josephs no chance.

The Clever Boys could not give up as they found their sec­ond one through Klate. They walked away with a loss. The win for Sun­downs takes Mosi­mane’s charges to po­si­tion one on the log, while Wits oc­cupy sev­enth with three points.

In another Absa Premier­ship match at Tuks Sta­dium, the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria beat Polok­wane City 3-0.

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SCORER Mamelodi Sun­downs’ two-goal hero Cuth­bert Mala­jila races for the ball dur­ing the match against Bid­vest Wits yesterday at Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium

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