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Mamelodi Sundowns ended a run of three consecutive Absa Premiership draws with an emphatic 3-0 win over Ajax Cape Town at the Newlands Stadium on Saturday evening
It was a clinical performance from the log-leaders, who scored in the first half through Elias Pelembe, with Teko Modise and Katlego Mphela netting in the second stanza.
The home side enjoyed some good spells of possession early on and had snap shots on goal through Nhlanhla Vilakazi and George Maluleka, while in the fourth minute Terror Fanteni scrambled a cross goal-wards, only to see former teammate Clayton Daniels clear off the line.
Downs barely got a sniff at goal with their only efforts coming from range as Elias Pelembe dragged an effort wide and Katlego Mphela put his free kick over the bar.
The Tshwane side’s first proper chance came after 33 minutes when Hlompho Kekaka set up Anthony Laffor, whose dipping shot from the left was well saved by Sander Westerveld.
A minute later and there was a scare in the Ajax box as Pelembe jinked towards goal, but some desperate defence kept the scoreboard locked at 0-0.
It was the lively Mozambique-born player though who proved to be the man to break the deadlock as he scored after 39 minutes.
Despite his diminutive stature, Pelembe rose well in the Ajax box to head home at the near post from Teko Modise’s corner.
Ajax pushed for a first half equaliser, but a minute before the break a great chance was wasted when Vilakazi failed to get a shot away after Paul Rusike’s through ball.
The Brazilians had the first chance after the break after Matthew Booth found himself ball-watching and could only look on as Mphela lifted his volley over the bar.
Nearly immediately afterwards Mphela made amends as he pulled the ball back for Modise, who comfortably curled the ball around Westerveld from 12-yards out.
Mphela was then to get on the score-sheet himself, on the hour mark, as he evaded several challenges, cut inside from the left and then curled a wonderful chance into the far post.
Lebo Manyama should have gotten the hosts back into the game after 67 minutes, but when one-on-one with Sandilands, he was unable to come up with the finish as the keeper made a great save.
The game then went off the boils somewhat as Ajax failed to find any penetration.
There was an injury time chance missed by George Akpabio as he got a chip all wrong, but in the end the 3-0 scoreline was deserved one for the Brazilians.
Ajax Cape Town (0)
Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 3 (Pelembe 39’, Modise 51’, Mphela 60’)
Ajax (4-4-2): Westerveld; Lolo (Mokeke 68’), Booth, Allie, Jenniker; Rusike (Akpabio 77’), Scott, Maluleka, Vilakazi (Manyama 59’); Billiat, Fanteni
Sundowns (4-4-2): Sandilands; Ngubane, Xulu, Daniels, Masanamela; Laffor, Kekana (Zwane 76’), Modise, Pelembe (Mokoena 81’); Moriri, Mphela (Mushekwi 63’)