Kekana and Madisha send Sundowns top
Mamelodi Sundowns bagged their fifth consecutive win courtesy of goals from Hlompho Kekana and Motjeka Madisha when they beat Golden Arrows 2-0 in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Friday night.
The victory takes the defending champions to the top of the league table with 50 points from 24 matches.
Percy Tau broke free in the fourth minute after he was set up by Themba Zwane, but the speedy forward’s attempt could not trouble Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.
Four minutes later Sundowns keeper Denis Onyango showed his class when he denied Kudakwashe Mahashe in a one-on-one situation in the box.
Arrows denied their visitors in the 28th minute as Matome Mathiane cleared Khama Billiat’s strike at goal off the line with the keeper beaten as Sundowns protested for a hand ball, yet the referee did not entertain the protest.
Clinton Larsen’s men responded in the 40th minute as they searched for a goal, but Lerato Lamola’s bicycle-kick in the box sailed over the crossbar.
The first half ended goalless.
Upon their return from the tunnel, Lamola used his trickery in the 51st minute as he was set up from the midfield, but the forward failed to hit the target with just Onyango to beat.
For the second time, Onyango was equal to the task when he denied Mahachi from close range in the 58th minute.
However, a minute later Sundowns broke the deadlock when Kekana blasted a well-placed shot from the edge of the area into the right corner of the net, making it 1-0.
In the 70th minute Sundowns doubled their lead when defender Madisha headed home an inch-perfect corner-kick, 2-0.
With time running out for Abafana Bes’thende, Onyango was in an uncompromising mood as he swallowed Nkanyiso Cele’s shot from the edge of the box.
Despite their push to score a consolation goal, Arrows continued to be dominated by Sundowns as the Brazilians marched on to their fifth straight league win.
The loss for the Durban-based side means they remain eighth on the table with 31 points from 26 matches.
Golden Arrows: (0) 0
Mamelodi Sundowns: (0) 2 (Kekana 59′, Madisha 70′)
Golden Arrows: Gumede, Mzava, Mathiane, Dlamini, Bilankulu, Dube, Fikizolo (Sibeko 65′), Mahachi, Sibiya, Jooste (Cele 77′), Lamola (Msowoya 73′)
Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Morena (Hachi 76′), Nascimento, Madisha, T. Zwane (Ngcongca 61′), Mohomi, Billiat, Mashaba (Modise 47′), Kekana, Tau
This article was sourced from the PSL website.