Shalulile was the hero for the Tshwane giants, who will retain the league trophy in the event that they win their subsequent two video games
Mamelodi Sundowns took a step in the direction of their fourth consecutive PSL title after securing a 1-0 victory over TS Galaxy at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The one purpose of the match was netted by Peter Shalulile, who scored his eleventh league purpose of the season within the first half and it earned the defending champions a slender win.
The Rockets have been hoping to win three matches in a row within the PSL for the primary time within the membership’s historical past having secured 1-0 victories over Baroka FC and Cape City Metropolis.
Coach Owen Da Gama made 5 modifications to the workforce which confronted Cape City Metropolis final weekend with Wensten van der Linde and Lindokuhle Mbatha among the many gamers, who have been returning to the beginning line-up.
In the meantime, Masandawana have been additionally trying to document their third successive win within the league having thrashed Orlando Pirates 3-0 on Could 2, earlier than brushing apart Maritzburg United 2-0 on Wednesday.
Khuliso Mudau, Kennedy Mweene, Lebohang Maboe and Promise Mkhuma have been recalled to the beginning line-up as co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena made 4 modifications to the workforce which confronted Maritzburg United.
Galaxy did effectively to comprise Sundowns within the opening proceedings with Mlungisi Mbunjana seeing plenty of the ball in the midst of the park, however the hosts have been unable to penetrate Masandawana’s tight defence.
The guests have been awarded a corner-kick following a uncommon assault and Sundowns took the lead when Shalulile scored with a header within the seventeenth minute after Galaxy had didn’t clear Aubrey Modiba’s set-piece.
The Rockets regarded susceptible when defending towards Masandawana’s corner-kicks and crosses and so they almost conceded when Modiba’s corner-kick was headed simply over the crossbar by an unmarked Maboe.
Galaxy have been awarded a penalty after Mosa Lebusa was adjudged to have dealt with Bathusi Aubaas’ shot within the field, however Lindokuhle Mbatha was denied by goalkeeper Mweene from the spot-kick and the rating was 1-0 to Sundowns on the interval.
Masilake Phohlongo and Wayde Lekay have been each launched by Da Gama previous to the beginning of the second half because the Rockets regarded to degree issues within the second half.
Nevertheless, Sundowns continued to threaten with crosses as Mudau’s pleasant cross discovered Present Motupa, whose headed effort hit the side-netting with keeper Van de Linde rooted to the bottom.
Mbunjana tried to catch 2008/09 PSL Goalkeeper of the Season Mweene out of place with a long-range shot, however the former Highlands Park midfielder’s effort went huge of the goal.
It was Masandawana, who created the higher probabilities within the closing levels with Maboe and Mudau unleashing pictures that went simply over Van de Linde’s crossbar because the guests regarded to double their lead.
The guests went to sleep on the again in stoppage time and Phohlongo had a possibility to grab an equalizing purpose, however he ballooned his effort over the crossbar and ultimately, Sundowns emerged 1-0 winners on the day.
The win noticed Sundowns lengthen their result in seven factors on the prime of the league standings with 4 matches left and they’re going to face Egypt’s Al Ahly within the Caf Champions League quarter-final first-leg recreation on Could 15.
Whereas Galaxy stay eighth on the standings – three factors above ninth-placed Kaizer Chiefs and the Rockets are set to face Lamontville Golden Arrows in a PSL recreation on Could 19.