Sundowns blunt Arrows

A fantastic second half strike by Dove Wome ensured Mamelodi Sundowns claimed a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Arrows dominated the first half with some fluidity to their play, but fatigue got the better of them as they couldn’t prevent Wome’s unstoppable curling 59th minute goal.

It wasn’t the start Pitso Mosimane would have wanted from his side, as Golden Arrows threatened from the first kick of the game. The home side worked the ball into the box and Sundowns needed Kennedy Mweene to rush off his line in order to block the ball away from Bongi Ntuli.

Just two minutes later, and at the other end of the park, Siya Mngoma got the slightest touch to fend off Khama Billiat’s tap-in, directing it narrowly past the far post.

Arrows were doing well to create some space for themselves and it was Lucky Nguzana who went on a long run before unleashing a long-range snap-shot, in the 15th minute, but it went wide of goal.

Manqoba Mngqithi’s plan was all about putting pressure on Sundowns’ full-backs and it was working effectively as the Brazilians were forced to samba their own way out of trouble.

Then in the 26th minute, Gift Sithole made a crucial interception on Billiat’s ball in the box, before the Zimbabwe was denied a penalty after being tackled just inside the box.

Instead, a free-kick was given and Teko Modise just fired it over the frame of the goal on the stroke of the half hour.

Another questionable decision wasn’t given by the referee, this time it was to Arrows, after Rashid Sumalia brought down Nguzana in the box, three minutes before the break.

Like the start to the first half, there was immediate goalmouth action at the commencement of the second period. This time it was Mngoma making the save as he used his body to block Dove Wome’s strike.

Ntuli and Dumisani Swane continued to threaten with their deadly combinations, before Mngoma made a fantastic save in the 55th minute to deny Bongani Zungu.

But Sundowns got their breakthrough just minutes later, when Wome latched onto a Billiat pass just inside the box. The striker switched feet before turning on the ball and firing into the top right corner of the net to make it 1-0.

Cuthbert Malajila was denied in the 67th minute by Mngoma, but there was no more goals to be added to the scoreline as Sundowns claimed the three points.

Sundowns’ victory leaves Arrows still on one point out of three games, while Sundowns will move onto seven points.

Golden Arrows 0

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 1 (Wome 59’)

Teams:

Golden Arrows: Mngoma, Sithole, Tom, Zwane S, Mngwengwe, Zwane D, Shange, Ntombayithethi, Khuboni (Hleleni 45’), Ntuli (Wadabwa 67’), Nguzana (Qalanto 65’)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene, Mashaba, Schut, Moon, Malajila, Wome (Monama 84’), Kekana, Modise (Kumalo 78’), Zungu (Mashego 92’), Billiat, Sumaila