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Sundowns clinch Telkom Charity Cup 31/07/04

Goalkeeper Brian 'Spiderman' Baloyi broke the hearts of his former club's fans when he saved David Kannemeyer's penalty to clinch the 2004 Telkom Charity Cup for his new team, Mamelodi Sundowns.

The final was a largely unspectacular affair as both teams seemed tired from the earlier games in the day and clearly the main winner was the charity organizations which benefited from the event.

The first half was largely disappointing as neither team were able to create many chances - in fact there was not one clearcut opportunity created in the opening 45 minutes, and the only save of the half came from a deflected freekick.

In the 11th minute Sundowns keeper Brian Baloyi did brilliantly to deny his former club from scoring when John 'Shoes' Moshoeu's free-kick took a wicked deflection off the wall and was heading for the back of the goal before Baloyi's diving save.

Paulus Masehe did well to turn inside the Chiefs defence in the 20th minute, but instead of passing to the unmarked Joseph Mthombeni, he elected to shoot and blazed his shot well over the bar.

12 Minutes later Moshoeu crossed a deep ball to Junior Khanye, who turned in a dangerous looking ball towards the Sundowns goal, but Baloyi was on hand to punch the ball clear.

The first chance of the second half fell to Masehe when the ball was pulled back to him from the right hand side of the box, but the Sundowns striker made a hash of trying to turn the ball goalwards.

Both sides seemed to be lacking creativity and the few shots that came on goal were from distance, including one by Clement Mazibuko in the 63rd minute, which flew well over the target.

In the 80th minute Rotson Kilambe thought he had beaten the off-side trap and went on to hit the upright with his shot, before finding that the linesman had indeed raised his flag.

With the exeption of a late Moshoeu run, the last few minutes also failed to produce anything to get the fans off their seats, sending the game into a penalty shoot-out.

The penalty kicks were all of high quality, with Esram Nyandoro, Kilambe, Mazibuko, Manqoba Ngwenya and Neil Winstanley all converting for the Pretoria team.

Patrick Mabedi, David Radebe, Mbesuma and Patrick Mayo all stuck their set pieces in the back of the net for the Amakhosi, but David Kannemeyer had to watch in dismay as his effort was saved by Baloyi.

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