Mamelodi Sundowns came out of the gate strongly against Golden Arrows and blasted in two early goals which helped them seize the top spot in the Premier Soccer League on Tuesday.
Sundowns didn’t play in the league over the weekend as they were engaged in the Caf Champions League, where they went out to Wydad Casablanca, and had to make up the fixture in midweek ahead of the League season’s climax on Saturday.
Downs made three changes to that team and would make a blistering start to a match they needed to win to move to the top of the Premiership table.
Sundowns opened the scoring inside two minutes with a wonderfully worked move that culminated in Hlompho Kekana tucking the ball into the net after a sublime back-heeled pass from Themba Zwane.
Arrows defender Musa Bilankulu then gave the Brazilians an absolute gift surrendering the ball to the player he could least afford to in Gaston Sirino. Sirino played in Zwane, whose cool finish gave Downs a two-goal cushion that they would hold until the final whistle.
In a campaign that has been disrupted and nervy for all parties, Sundowns would be grateful for the level of control they enjoyed in this critical match.
Abafana Bes’thende failed to protect the ball well in the first half but did craft a few opportunities to score before half time.
Arrows best moment in attack was a 17th minute Danny Venter corner that was not dealt with at all well by Sundowns. Tebogo Langerman, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Thapelo Morena all went close to giving Downs a three goal advantage.
In the second 45 things were calmed down considerably but Venter was still generating some goal threat for Arrows with his crosses into the box.
Tiyani Mabunda and Jeremy Brockie replaced Sirino and Lebohang Maboe with about twenty minutes left in the contest and the pair helped Sundowns hold on to their 2-0 lead.
Masandawana move to the top of the PSL table two points ahead of Orlando Pirates with one game remaining in the campaign.