Mamelodi Sundowns took advantage of an early bath for TS Galaxy’s Lindokuhle Mbatha on Wednesday as they defeated the 10-man Rockets 3-0 at Mbombela Stadium to continue their walk to the DStv Premiership title.
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Mbatha’s red card came after just 22 minutes, with referee Jelly Chavani first handing out a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Sundowns’ Haashim Domingo, then handing out another card after some back and forth with the Galaxy man.
To be fair, Sundowns had already led 1-0 by then thanks to Man-of-the-Match Khuliso Mudau.
The right-back was assisted by striker Peter Shaluile in the 19th minute after Domingo snatched the ball from Ethan Brooks.
Just after the hour, Domingo hit a great shot from distance to make it 2-0. Galaxy goalkeeper Wensten Van der Linde was shocked when the ball rattled the back of the net, with what is certainly a contender for the goal of the season.
Peter Shaluile got – after a relatively quiet match – the icing on the cake for the Brazilians. It was the Namibian striker’s 14th league goal of the season, breaking a six-game drought.
For The Rockets, this result dropped them to 14th place, just three points away from Baroka FC, who suffered an identical defeat to Marumo Gallants yesterday.
Sundowns, meanwhile, are a clear 18 points away from second-placed Royal AM, and it’s certainly only a matter of time before they take home a fifth consecutive league title, and their dominance of the domestic scene shows no signs of an end
Masandawana’s next game is Saturday at Maritzburg United. United head coach Ernst Middendorp ran very close to Sundowns for the 2019/20 title while with Chiefs but has other issues with the Team of Choice, just a point above the play-off relegation spot.