Mamelodi Sundowns extended their lead at the top of the PSL standings with a 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on SaturdayMamelodi Sundowns came into this encounter looking to break Kaizer Chiefs' record of nine consecutive victories this season, and extend their lead at the summit of the PSL log to six points.
The Brazilians showed their intent to win the match as early as in the second minute, but Anthony Laffor failed to hit the back of the net, unmarked inside the Swallows' penalty area.
However, the visitors were not to be denied five minutes later, as Teko Modise rifled past Greg Etafia from outside the box to give the log leaders an early lead in the game.
Lebohang Mokoena should have made it 2-0 to the Brazilians a few minutes later, but Efafia came off his line and denied him with a brilliant save before being assisted by his defenders to clear the danger.
On 16 minutes, Tshwarelo Bereng hit a swerving shot from distance as Swallows looked to get back into the game, but Kennedy Mweene did well to tip the shot around the post for a corner.
Swallows had a few counter-attacking moves after the half-hour mark, but none of them were converted into goals.
The home side played a quick one-two from the midfield and got behind the Sundowns' defence in the 39th minute, but Mweene was again equal to the task as he came off his line to make a fine save.
Mweene made himself big on the stroke of halftime to block Ashraf Hendricks' attempt from close range following a brilliant free-kick by Bereng from outside the box.
Zeca Marques' charges continued to put their opponents after the restart, and they were unfortunate to not have levelled matters from Bereng's 52nd-minute free-kick that sailed over the bar.
Mokoena had acres of spaces to at least force Etafia to make a save, but he blasted his half-volley over the top, much to the frustration of the Sundowns' bench.
Lerato Chabangu went down on the edge of the Brazilians box and the referee blew for a foul. However, the dreadlocked-midfielder couldn't keep his effort on target from the resultant free-kick.
Surprise Moriri's shot midway through the second half was cleared off the line with Etafia well beaten as Sundowns looked to put the game to bed.
Substitute Rodney Ramagalela should have at least hit the target toward the end of the game, as his shot went wide of Etafia's goal, but in the end, Modise's solitary strike was enough to lift Sundowns to 61 points.