Sundown move top in 2018/19 league after clinching win against CTC
Sundowns Moves top after win against Cape Town City
Sundown came into the game against Cape Town City (CTC) FC having drawn their last two games and failed to take the top spot in the ABSA Premier League game. Pitso made six changes to freshen up the team against a difficult battle against voodo team CTC. A brilliant performance by Sundowns moved them to the top of the table and they have a game in hand over the other three league challengers (Bidvest Wits; Pirates; CTC) and lead Wits by 1 point, Pirates by 3 and CTC by 6 points. However, its a long way to go for Sundowns, 10 games still to be played and three of the games with the ABSS league 2018/19 title challenging three teams.
The Sundowns fans were remarkable in this game, their came in their number and were in full voice, cheering the team to win.
The game between Sundowns and CTC was a great game with CTC scoring 2 and Sundowns scoring 3. Post match analysis provided below:
Starting Line Ups
Sundowns: Mweene, Ngcongca, Nascimento, Coetzee, Langerman, Kekana, Jali, Zwane, Maboe, Laffor, Sirino
CTC: Leeuwenburgh, Mkhize, Fielies, Cupido, Edmilson, Martin, Modise, Mokeke, Mthembu, Links, Norodien
First Half: Sundowns 1 - 0 CTC
In the first half Sundowns started the brighter of the two teams. CTC were struggling to supply the attacker, inspite of Teko Modise and Mokeke controlling ball possession. In fact, CTC had 0 shots on target. Sundowns front players were combining beautifully and creating lots of scoring chances. Finally, in 23rd minute, Maboe scored with a lovey volley from a long ball by Langerman. CTC were defending to high, to prevent combinations play from "bafana ba style". Unfortunately making themselves vulnerable to the long ball, especially with good movement from Maboe, Laffor and Sirino.
Second Half: sundowns 3 - 2 CTC
In the second half, Benni Mchathy words motivated his team and they came out guns blazing and got the equalizing goal from a penalty after a hand ball in the penalty box. Norodien finished with a palm. Ten minutes later, Laffor finished astonishingly from stunning combination play from Sundowns. Sundowns was now in control and Benni was forced to make attacking changes to get back in the game. He brought on Erasmus, who would score one of the goals of the season said Benni McCathy. Mahlabi scored the third goal while CTC was pushing for equalizer.
Overall, Sundown were deserved winner. CTC will have to do much better in the second leg or will be taken out of the league 2018/19 title race.
Pitso's comments after the game:
Credit to Benni, his team plays well. It was imporant for us to shutdown the middle, we shutdown Teko and did not give Mokeke enough time on the ball. Hence that is why he took out Teko. Very very, Important goal, what a pass by Themba Zwane to set up the thrid goal. But lets be honest, Zwane and Sirino missed easy goals, we could have scored more. Sundowns can miss.