Surprise Moriri scored a first half header as Mamelodi Sundowns climbed to the top of the PSL table, beating Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday
Mpumalanga Black Aces edged Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in Johannesburg in a simultaneous fixture, which allowed Sundowns to take full advantage and move three points clear at the top of the table.
Moriri did enough to ensure the Brazilians climbed back to the top, following more than two months waiting in second position in the league standings.
The win for Sundowns extended their run of consecutive victories to seven, as the local Sundowns supporters erupted upon hearing the news that Chiefs were outdone at the FNB Stadium.
A steady start for Sundowns saw the return of Khama Billiat to the line-up for the first time since the end of February, after injury had ruled the Zimbabwean international out for more than a month.
Billiat was involved from the first whistle, paying regular visits into the opposing half, while Teko Modise bossed the midfield early in the tie.
Modise was in top form and soon played a role as the home side took the lead, hovering over a free-kick outside the area, before delivering a perfect delivery for Moriri to head home for his fourth of the season.
With their half-time lead intact by the hour mark, Sundowns went about looking for their second, as Anthony Laffor’s well-timed header forced a save from goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb, before Bongani Zungu flashed wide from a similar spot shortly after.
Celtic, at the other end, had precious few chances fall their way, Tumelo Mogapi providing a rare shot on target in the 65th, which did little to trouble Downs’ shot-stopper Kennedy Mweene, who, like Tignyemb, was sporting headgear following a serious injury earlier this season.
A spirited fightback from the visitors late in the half did little to quell the Brazilians’ dominance in the middle, which allowed Pitso Mosimane’s side to dictate the play as the clock wound down.
Sundowns’ second half replacement Rodney Ramagalela was next to have a go, driving narrowly wide from a long range effort, before Tebogo Langerman’s free-kick was cleared inside the box.
The visitors had their best chance a minute from the end when Joel Mogorosi beat an advancing Mweene to the ball inside the area, getting a floated header away at goal, but pushed his effort agonisingly wide of mark, in what would prove to be Phunya Sele Sele’s last chance at an equaliser.