Shalulile On Target Again In Sundowns Win
Mamelodi Sundowns moved seven points clear at the top of the DStv Premiership after beating TS Galaxy 1-0 at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The victory takes the log leaders onto 57 points, with four matches to play in the season.
This is also means now that only second-placed AmaZulu, who are on 50 points are still in the race with Sundowns for the title. Both teams have 12 points to play for,
Mathematically Orlando Pirates could also end on 57 points, which Sundowns has now, though Pirates would have to win all their five remaining games, and Sundowns would have to lose all four of theirs. Considering Sundowns have only lost one match in the league the entire season, that scenarios is highly unlikely.
TS Galaxy 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns
While Sundowns controlled the possession, Galaxy’s defence pressed well, and there was not a lot happening in the final third.
But when they did get a chance Sundowns grabbed the lead, albeit at the second bite of the cherry. Peter Shalulile didn’t know much about his first attempt as it bounced off his back towards goal, but it was cleared off the line by Tumelo Bodibe, but Shalulile certainly knew what he was doing when he headed in the rebound in the 17th minute.
Sundowns were proving dangerous from corners, and Lebohang Maboe had a chance in the 27th minute, but his header flew over the goal.
In rare foray into the Sundowns final third, the home team were awarded a penalty in the 31st minute, as a ball struck Mosa Lebusa’s arm in the box. Lindokhule Mbatha stepped up to take it, but Kennedy Mweene made an excellent save to deny Galaxy the equaliser.
Shalulile had another chance in the 41st minute, getting to the end of a great cross from Khuliso Mudau, but the Namibian’s header was off target, and at halftime it remained 1-0 to the defending champions.
Gift Motupa went close in the 56th minute, but his header from another cross from Mudau, hit the side netting.
Maboe’s volley attempt in the 80th minute, flew over the goal, as Sundowns looked to to hold onto their narrow lead. Mudau’s attempt in the 87th minute was high and wide.
Galaxy had late chances but Wayde Lekay’s headed attempt in the 87th minute never threatened Mweene’s goal, nor did Masilake Phohlongo’s stoppage time effort.
Another victory for Manqoba Mngqithi, Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela, who now turn their focus to Pitso Mosimane and Al Ahly, as they head to Cairo for the CAF Champions League quarter-final first leg.