Abbubaker Mobara & Peter Shalulile © Gallo Images

Mamelodi Sundowns secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Cape Town City in the DStv Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.

The win took Masandawana to the top of the league standings with seven points from three matches, while the Citizens are placed 10th with four points. 

Masandawana got off to the perfect start as they broke the deadlock though former Cape Town City player Lyle Lakay just eight minutes into the encounter.

The left-sided player’s effort from a free-kick was blocked and he hit the back of the net with a thunderous shot from range to make it 1-0 to Sundowns.

The visitors continued to attack after taking the lead and Peter Leeuwenburgh became a very busy man in the City goal-posts.

The towering goalkeeper produced a fine save to deny Sundowns midfield maestro Andile Jali, whose deflected effort was goal-bound in the 19th minute. 

Rivaldo Coetzee played a long ball for Peter Shalulile, who made a run into the box, but Leeuwenburgh came out quickly and cleared the danger as pressure mounted on City.

Themba Zwane then set-up Kermit Erasmus, whose volleyed effort was brilliantly saved by Leeuwenburgh to ensure that the first-half ended with Sundowns leading 1-0.

Sundowns were forced to make a change prior to the start of the second-half as an injured Shaulile was replaced by Khotso Mudau.

The visitors continued to dominate the match after the restart with Mudau having brought pace in the right-hand side of the Masandawana defence.

Jan Olde Riekerink, the City head coach, then made a double substitution as he introduced attack-minded duo of Charles Zulu and Tashreeq Morris just after the hour-mark.

However, Sundowns upped the tempo with the reigning league champions having introduced Keletso Makgalwa, who is a speedy attacker.

Makgalwa made an immediate impact as he made it 2-0 to Sundowns in the 83rd minute following some good work by Jali.

City came close to grabbing a late consolation goal when Mpho Makola’s effort hit the crossbar in the 89th minute and ultimately, Sundowns ran out 2-0 winners on the night.

City (1) 2 (Lakay 8′, Makgalwa 83′)
Sundowns (0) 0 

CITY: Leeuwenburgh, Mkhize (Morris 62′), Mobara, Fielies, Mashego, Mokeke (Makola 83′), Nodada, Martin, Roberts (Zulu 62′), Ralani (Agyemang 76′), Lakay.

SUNDOWNS: Onyango, Morena, Madisha, Nascimento, Lakay, Zwane (Maluleka 79′), Jali (Kekana 85′), Coetzee, Mkhulise (Mkhuma 86′), Erasmus (Makgalwa 79′), Shalulile (Mudau 45′).© Backpage TXT.


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