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  • 06 May 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria (Tshwane)
  • Referee: Z. Mthetho
  • • Attendance: 35000

Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 SuperSport United: Brazilians end six year trophy drought

Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 SuperSport United: Brazilians end six year trophy drought


Sundowns ended a six year wait for silverware as they were crowned Premiership winners at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday evening, edging fierce rivals SuperSport United 3-0 in Pretoria

Needing three points to all but secure their crown, Surprise Moriri netted in the 49th minute, before Teko Modise added the crushing blow 13 minutes later, putting the final touches on a remarkable season for the Brazilians.

Second half replacement then rubbed salt in the wounds and got in on the action as he finished United off in the 74th minute and put the result not only beyond doubt, but totally overwhelming their neighbours who simply had no answers.

Following back-to-back league titles in 2006 and 2007, Sundowns suffered a major slump in subsequent years and fell by the wayside, managing a single trophy -- the Nedbank Cup in 2008 -- since Neil Tovey and Gordon Igesund guided the Brazilians to league success years earlier.

SuperSport were looking to rain on Sundowns' party and applied early pressure on the hosts, who have been solid at home this season, having claimed 32 out of a possible 42 at Loftus.

Sundowns looked nervous on attack and had to deal with a few jitters as Modise and Surprise Moriri fluffed promising chances inside 15 minutes.

Moriri had another golden opportunity in the 23rd minute as Anthony Laffor delivered a good ball into the area, which Moriri mistimed and pushed wide of Ronwen Williams' near post.

Williams was forced into his first real save of the tie on 33 minutes when Modise curled a free-kick goalwards, as Williams parried away the game's first shot on target.

Level at the break and with nothing to show for their first half efforts, the home champions elect showed their class and took the lead just four minutes after the interval, as Moriri netted the opener and broke the deadlock, as Loftus erupted.

Following a poor first half, Tebogo Langerman atoned for his performance and delivered a pinpoint cross towards Moriri in the middle of the area, leaving a free header for the veteran midfielder, who made no mistake, putting one hand on the Premiership trophy in the process.

Sundowns were far from finished and doubled their advantage in emphatic style as Modise chipped home the Brazilians' second and put the result beyond doubt as the packed stadium once again exploded.

Modise picked up a pass well outside the area, spotted Williams off his line and hit his effort first time, neatly lobbing his shot over the goalkeeper's head and into the top corner, rounding off a deserved goal and is one of the season's contenders for best player.

Bafana Ba Style completed a total turnaround from their disappointing first half performance as Malajila ran riot at the back after being put through on goal, slotting home the evening's third with a cool finish.