Dove Wome's 57th minute strike was enough to secure Sundowns' second win of the season
Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Golden Arrows 1-0 in a PSL clash at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Dove Wome displayed his immense talent with a spectacular effort to seal the win for Sundowns, who suffered from profligacy and were denied by a brilliant Siya Mngoma in Arrow’s goal.
The Brazilians burst into life early on, as Khama Billiat almost opened the scoring for Sundowns in the third minute, as he beat the offside trap to connect with a cross from the left wing, but his touch was deflected off target by Arrows’s goalkeeper Siya Mngoma.
The Brazilians continued be the stronger side in the opening minutes, dictating the play and creating chances, with Billiat showing his worth in the attacking third.
But Golden Arrows were able to wrestle control from the visitors, creating their own pressure without taking a few half chances which arose.
Bongi Nthuli combined well with striking partner Lucky Nguzana to set-up a chance on the 20 minute mark, but the striker could not execute his shot from inside the area as Sumalia intervened.
The teams exchanged control of possession, without many more clear-cut chances being created, until Nguzana burst into the area in the 40th minute, only to be pulled down by Sumalia. The referee waved away Arrow’s claim for a penalty.
After a fairly lacklustre first half, Sundowns capitalised on some sloppy defending early in the second stanza, when Dove Wome struck an effort from close range only to be denied by another fine save from Mngoma.
The Arrows keeper proved to be the hero once again in the 55th minute as he got a vital touch on a shot from Bongani Zungu, when Sundowns seemed destined to score the opener.
However, the keeper’s defiance did not last long, as Wome swooped with 58 minutes on the clock to score the opener with a superb shot, striking the ball on the rise with immaculate technique from just inside the area.
Injuries reigned following the goal as players went down with bouts of cramp, but cramp certainly did not hinder Mngoma who pulled off yet another excellent save to deny Malajiila in the 67th minute.
Sundowns continued to pile on the pressure but could not add to their lead, securing their second victory of the campaign and moving level with league leaders Moroka Swallows on seven points.