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Sundowns get back to winning ways 07/03/04
Sundowns returned to winning ways when they recorded a solid 2-0 victory over Silver Stars in a Castle Premiership match played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Sundowns applied the early pressure and earned themselves two corners in the opening five minutes, but both were wasted by poor deliveries from Clement Mazibuko.

Despite both teams attempts at playing attacking football, neither goalkeeper was called into making any telling saves in the opening 45 minutes due to some wayward shooting from both sides.

In the 18th minute Rotson Kilambe of Sundowns shot well over the bar after having done well to make space for himself on the edge of the area, while three minutes Francis Kombe did the same for Stars with a volley.

In the 35th minute Sundowns should have taken the lead when a threaded ball from Manqoba Ngwenya put Siake Tiene through on goal, but the player from the Ivory Coast fired narrowly over the bar from 10 yards out.

In the 43rd minute a great cross-field ball from Lucas Sebona picked out an unmarked Hilton Jordaan in the Stars' box, but the big defender sent his first time volley well wide of the target.

Two minutes later a mix up in the home team's defence gave Tiene another great chance to put the Brazilians up, but this time his shot flew into the side-netting.

The second half started off in much the same vein as the first with both sides firing long range shots over the bar.

In the 68th minute Tiene finally found the target to put the Brazilians into the lead.

The goal followed a good break by Ishmael Maluleke down the right flank, who cut the ball back across the goal where Tiene was on hand to fire home a well placed shot into the roof of the net

Stars almost replied immediately through Dingane Masanabo, who saw his stooping header flash inches wide of Andre Arendse's goal.

Owen da Gama's men continued to apply pressure as they went in search of an equaliser, but they were just not able to turn their opportunities into goals.

However, in the 82nd minute Sundowns made sure of their win when Simba Maruma released Maluleke into space in the right hand side of the box and the latter finished with an excellent shot which flew across the keeper and into the far corner.

This was the first goal of the season for the former Castle Premiership top goalscorer, and coach Paul Dolezar will certainly be hoping that Maluleke can go on and recapture the form which made him such a dangerous striker in his time at Manning Rangers.

The result sees Sundowns move up into 10th position on the log, while Stars remain in 11th place.

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