Sundowns Ease Past Stars
Result: Free State Stars 1-2 Mamelodi Sundowns
Date: 18 March 2014
Venue: Charles Mopeli Stadium
Goals from Anthony Laffor and Dove Wome secured a comfortable 2-1 win for Mamelodi Sundowns over Free State Stars in a Absa Premiership encounter at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.
The win sees Pitso Mosimane's men close the gap between themselves and Kaizer Chiefs to three points, while El Lla Koto remain in 14th position on the Absa Premiership log.
After a dull opening 10 minutes Sundowns' Dove Wome had the first effort at goal, the midfielder unleashed a shot from 25-yards out but Daniel Agyei was equal to the effort.
Four minutes later and Anthony Laffor gave the visitors the lead with a finish from close range after being picked out by Mzikayise Mashaba.
Sundowns' Ramahlwe Mphahlele was next to have a go from distance in the 18th minute but the fullback fired his effort just wide of the mark.
The hosts first shot of the game arrived in the 20th minute as Moeketsi Sekola fired well wide of the target from 25-yards out.
Hlompo Kekana came to Sundowns rescue in the 37th minute with a great block to deny Danny Venter's powerful volley that was destined for the back of the net.
The visitors pushed for a second and were rewarded in the 41st minute as Wome blasted an effort past Agyei from the edge of the area, after some great build-up play by the hosts.
Rashid Sumaila nearly added a third in the 54th minute, the Sundowns' defender rose well but his powerful header sailed over the crossbar.
Mokoena squandered an opportunity to increase Sundowns lead in the 67th minute, the former Orlando Pirates winger past his marker with ease before blasting over the bar from close range.
Free State Stars night got worse in the 82nd minute as Daniel Cardoso was shown a straight red for bad challenge on Lebohang Mokoena.
Jurie Basie could have pulled one back for Stars in the 89th minute but the winger fired his volley wide of Wayne Sandiland's post from the edge of the area.
Sekola grabbed one back for the visitors in the 94th minute with a cracking strike from 25-yards out, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.