Mamelodi Sundowns came from behind to beat Jomo Cosmos 3-1 on Sunday.
Cosmos got off to a flyer. Gabarone was allowed to run free on goal, after a good pass from Bongani Theletsane, and the youngster calmly placed the ball past Brian Baloyi to hand Cosmos a 1-0 lead.
Sundowns looked for an immediate reply, but Papi Zothwane’s drive from outside the box flew over the crossbar and Esrom Nyandoro had similar luck with a 16th minute effort from 30 yards out.
On 27 minutes Mabhuti Khenyeza tried a curler from just outside the penalty that was narrowly wide of goal, while strike partner Katlego Mphela did hit the target with a free-kick a short later, but Phali made a comfortable save.
Five minutes before the break Cosmos almost doubled their lead, with Sekou Camara driving the ball just wide of Sundowns’ goal after a good cross from Gabarone. Sundowns continued to struggle in attack in the early stages of the second half, but on 56 minutes the match turned in their favour.
Lebohang Mokoena produced a fine cross from the right flank and an unmarked Mphela turned the ball home to make it 1-1. Mphela’s strike made him the first man to hit double figures in goals scored in the 2009/10 Absa Premiership season.
Downs substitute Benedict Vilakazi put the hosts into the lead for the first time on the hour mark, scoring just a couple of minutes after replacing Zothwane.
The midfielder stabbed the ball past Phali from close range after Cosmos had failed to clear their lines from a corner kick.
Any hopes Cosmos had of getting back into the game were snuffed out with just over ten minutes to play when defender Ousmane Berthe received his second yellow card for a foul on Nyandoro and was dismissed. Sundowns wrapped up the game when substitute Ngubane scored a third deep into injury time.