'Downs move closer to title glory
Wednesday April 26 2006
Mamelodi Sundowns edged closer towards the 2005/06 Castle Premiership title when they beat Tembisa Classic 3-1 at Super Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The home team were the better side in the first half and should have taken an early lead in the third minute, only for Jose Torrealba to send his header wide. Torrealba then sent a brilliant cross into Classic's box, but Surprise Moriri failed to connect with the ball - leaving the score at 0-0.
The 'Brazilians' thought they had earned a penalty in the 23rd minute when the self-same Torrealba was brought down inside the penalty area, but referee Daniel Bennett waved play on.
Classic goalkeeper Aime Kitenge pulled off a brilliant save to deny Dillon Sheppard in the 40th minute and Sundowns were punished three minutes later for this missed opportunity when David Makgale put Classic in the lead with a thunderous shot that beat 'Downs 'keeper Andre Arendse hands down and the visitors led 1-0 at half-time.
Neil Tovey and Miguel Gamondi must have said something at the half-time break as the 'Brazilians' came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and it came as no surprise when they forced the equaliser through substitute Sandile Ndlovu in the 61st minute.
In-form Esrom Nyandoro increased 'Downs' lead four minutes later when he took a long-range shot that beat Kitenge.
Classic pushed men forward in search of the equaliser, but the Sundowns defence stood firm, before Torrealba sealed the game for the 'Brazilians' in the 76th minute by latching onto a rebound from Ndlovu's shot - game, set and match for Sundowns.
'Downs are now three points clear of second placed Orlando Pirates, whom they face in the last match of the season on Saturday, May 13, but the log leaders finished the match with 10 men after Sheppard was sent off for dissent in the referee's optional time.