Mamelodi Sundowns brushed aside TS Galaxy 2-0 in the DStv Premiership match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday night.

The win saw Masandawana remain at the top of league standings, two points above second-placed Swallows FC, while Galaxy remained 10th on the log.

Masandawana dominated the match from the start, but they were unable to keep their shots on target in the opening exchanges.

Themba Zwane and Peter Shalulile both missed the target from good positions in the first 15 minutes of the match.

The Rockets grew in confidence as the match progressed and they began pressing the defending league champions as they looked to take the lead.

Mbulelo Wambi watched in disbelief as his goal-bound effort was deflected onto the crossbar by Sundowns defender Brian Mandela Onyango in the 22nd minute.

Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango was then called into action six minutes later and he pulled off a great save to deny David Matlala.

Galaxy were left ruing their chances as the home side broke the deadlock through in-form striker Peter Shalulile in the 32nd minute.

Zwane sent Shalulile through on goal and the Namibia international made no mistake as he beat Galaxy keeper Websten Van Der Linde to make it 1-0 to Sundowns.

Sundowns were then able to hold onto their slender lead and they were leading 1-0 during the halftime break.

Galaxy pressed the home side after the restart and keeper Onyango produced a fantastic save to deny Wambi ten minutes into the second-half.

The Sundowns technical team decided to introduce attacking midfielder Lesedi Kapinga just before the hour-mark as the hosts looked to double their lead.

However, the Rockets continued to attack with Bathusi Aubaas forcing Uganda international Onyango into a fine save in the 61st minute.

Masandawana looked dangerous every time they pushed forward and they managed to double their lead through their talisman Zwane.

Lebogang Maboe controlled the ball well before setting up Zwane, who beat Van Der Linde at the near-post to make it 2-0 to Sundowns with 14 minutes left.

Galaxy launched late attacks and they were awarded a penalty after Mandela Onyango was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

However, Ebrahim Seedat was denied by keeper Onyango from the stop-kick in stoppage time to ensure that Sundowns secured a 2-0 victory.

Sundowns (1) 2 (Shalulile 32, Zwane 76′)Galaxy 0

Sundowns: Onyango, Morena, Lakay, Nascimento, Onyango, Jali, Maluleka, Maboe, Domingo (Kapinga 57′), Zwane (Margeman 86′), Shalulile.

Galaxy: Van Der Linde, Mokoena, Mahlangu, Msimango, Seedat, Mbunjana (Brooks 88′), Aubaas, Wambi (Letsholonyane 88′), Matlala (Lekay 88′), Mogaila (Mbatha 65′), Badenhorst (Macuphu 40′).© Backpage TXT.


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