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Henyekane: Scored in his first start

Henyekane: Scored in his first start

Mamelodi Sundowns secured just their second win of the PSL season when they edged out Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at the Free State Stadium on Sunday.

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The last time the Tshwane outfit won in the league was a 1-0 victory over Chippa United in their first game of the 2012/13 campaign.

The match lacked much in the way of excitement in the opening half an hour as neither side managed to threaten on goal.

Phunya Sele Sele were perhaps the more enterprising team in the initial stages, but could not find penetration in attack.

Clint Julies got in a decent strike on goal on the half-hour mark, but Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tingyemb was able to make a fairly comfortable save.

Jackie Motshegwa then ensured Wayne Sandilands had some glove work to do as his well-struck 25-yarder dipped towards the far bottom corner.

But it was the Brazilians who broke the deadlock as Julies picked out Richard Henyekane with a sublime 45-yard pass in the 36th minute, the striker doing well to control the ball in one touch before finishing with an angled left-footed shot across Tingyemb and into the back of the net.

Augustine Leonard was fairly close to pulling one back for the hosts with a cross-cum-shot, but he narrowly missed the apex of the goal.

Just before the break a neat one-two saw Edward Manqele in on goal, but his parting shot lacked venom and accuracy as Tingyemb gathered easily.

The second half saw Celtic dominate in terms of possession, but failing to trouble the Downs goal.

There was a chance for Lennox Bacela on the hour mark after he linked up with Lerato Manzini, but his shot flew over the goal.

With 15 minutes to go a mistake from Alje Schut resulted in another opportunity for Bacela, but he dragged his shot from 16 yards out wide of the target.

At the other end there were chances in the last five minutes for Downs as Henyekane rolled a dangerous ball across the goalmouth without finding a team-mate, while Hlompho Kekana went wide from a corner-kick when he should have scored.

The result moves the struggling Brazilians off the foot of the table into 15th position, while Siwelele are eight.

Posted: 25/11/12 15:25

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