DOWNS DROWN BLUNT ARROWS
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
A wonderful goal in the second half by Dove Wome helped Mamelodi Sundowns to scoop three points away from Lamontville Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane gave credit to the home side after the second week in three matches.
“It is never easy playing away from home, especially against a club like Golden Arrows. I am happy with the commitment and attitude that was displayed by my players,” Mosimane told reporters after the match.
The former Bafana Bafana coach also credited Arrows coach Manqoba Mnqqithi for the great effort showed by the Durban club.
“I think Mnqqithi was unlucky to lose the match at the end but his team played well as well,” added Mosimane.
The home side started very well dominating the first half and creating goal scoring opportunities but they were blunt in front of goals.
Early on, arrows worked the ball into the box and Sundowns’ goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene had to rush off his line in order to block the ball away from Bongi Ntuli.
The Durban side goalkeeper, Siya Mngoma, brought a man of the match performance in the game denying the attempts from Khama Billiat, Bongani Zungu, Cuthbert Malajila and Teko Modise.
The first half ended on a nil all draw after a great goalkeeping from Mngoma.
But in the second half, Downs came out to fight for a goal and they created lot of chances oppressed the home side.
Mngoma continued to show case his brilliance in the final half as he made another fantastic save in the 55th minute.
The deadlock was finally broken, in the 59th minute, when Billiat supplied a perfect pass to Wome inside the box. The striker turned off the defenders inside the box and fired a brilliant high shot into the top right corner of the net.
Malajila was denied in the 67th minute by Mngoma, but no other goal was added to the score line as the Brazilians claimed the three points.