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Maulers Grab Rare Win Over Brazilians 05/03/05
Manning Rangers picked up three valuable Castle Premiership points when they beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1- 0 at the Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

This was the first victory for the Durban side of the Pretoria visitors in in a period of five seasons, during which the two clubs played each other nine times.

A draw would probably been a fair reflection of the hard-fought game, but a goal by Phumlani Mkhize worthy of winning any match saw the Maulers snatch victory in the 78th minute.

Sundowns enjoyed the better of the first half, in which their play was punctuated by crisp passing through the midfield, before working the ball out to the wings, but despite some good deliveries from out wide, the Downs strike partnership of Paulus Masehe and Surprise Moriri were not able to profit from the service.

When the Sundowns attacking players did find a way through on goal, they found Rangers goal keeper Chad Harpur to be in inspired form, pulling off some great saves to keep his side in the game.

In the 11th minute he denied a Peter Ndlovu header, while midway through the half he did well to get down and block from Masehe, who was through on goal.

A good move from Sundowns in the 40th minute saw the ball worked to Esrom Nyandoro, however the Zimbabweans low shot was well held by Harpur.

The home side mainly relied on counter-attacking tactics and their best chance of the half fell to Mhkize in the 39th minute, when his shot on the bounce from the edge of the area flew just over the crossbar.

The second half was tighter than the first, with neither side getting much opportunity to threaten their opponents goal.

Alton Meiring, did hower, waste a good chance for Rangers when he failed to get enough power on a close range header.

In the 78th minute the Durban side took the lead through beautifully crafted move, which involved numerous passes and saw Frank Makua instrumental in setting up Mkhize , who did well to beat Arendse with a low shot from the left hand side of the box.

The last 10 minutes of the match saw the tempo raised, with the Brazilians going in search of an equaliser.

Substitute Lucas Sebona came close with a header, and then the Rangers defencfe did well to clear a cross deep in injury time, handing them a valuable three point haul in the quest to avoid the relegation zone.

By Anthony McLennan

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