Mamelodi Sundowns vs Golden Arrows at the DSTV Premiership

A successful clash for Mamelodi Sundowns as Peter Shalulile bags another hattrick against thrashed Golden Arrow at Loftus Versfeld Stadium with a win for Mamelodi Sundowns 6-0 Golden Arrows.

After beating Swallows 2-4, the Tshwane Giants made three changes to the team as Dennis Onyango, Gaston Sirino, and Mosa Lebusa alongside Themba Zwane, Peter Shalulile, and Bradley Ralani upfront were all called back to the squad.

Sundowns opened up the game with intense pressure and high press in the opening exchanges and were gifted a goal to lead from a set-piece in the 19th minute after the goalkeeper Ngcobo’s failure to win a free-kick allowed Lebusa to set up Sirino who put it into the net.

The Brazilians remained the dominating team on the pitch and Shalulile doubled the score five minutes later with a free header in the box from a corner kick by Lakay.

Shalulile completed his brace with another strike into the top corner unmarked in the box from Themba Zwane’s cutback. Poor defending it was from Golden Arrows. This allowed for Shalulile to be the first player to score 20 league goals since Siyabonga Nomvethe’s goal tally for Moroka Swallows in 2011/12.

Golden Arrows had no chance to redeem themselves and were largely chasing shadows, they came close to pulling a goal back on the halftime stroke but the free-kick from Knox Mutizwa was deflected and passed the top corner.

The visitors conceded a fourth goal in the 63rd minute after Shalulile completed his hattrick with a strike into the bottom corner after Thabani Zuko stumbled on a cutback by Lakay.

Sundowns added the 5th goal after that in the last 10minutes with a low strike at the near post by Pavol Safranko another striker added for attacking.

Shalulile had done his part and bagged his second hattrick and was then replaced by Kermit Erasmus 12 minutes before time and Erasmus made it 6-0 for the Tshwane Giants seven minutes later with a strike to the net from a rebound in the box.

Sundowns stretched their lead at the top of the log to 14 points and need 7 points in the last five matches to be crowned champions.