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Johannes' goal lifts Downs

By unknown | Mar 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Robyn Johannes' elation at scoring his first goal in top-flight football at the Olympia Park Stadium on Saturday was contagious.

Not only was it the goal that took the Absa Premiership champions through to the last-16 stage of the Nedbank Cup via a 2-1 scoreline, but it ended Supersport United's recent dominance over their regional rivals.

Downs, for the first time in a long while, made use of the opportunities they created, but they did cause Trott Moloto a lot of anxiety in the first half, since United looked to be in control.

But Johannes came to the rescue in the 58th minute by increasing Downs' lead after Surprise Moriri had earlier scored the first goal.

"I knew, as soon as Esrom laid it out for me, that I had to take a chance. I'm really excited that it turned out to be our winning goal. I guess you could say it was a moment of brilliance," Johannes said.

The player had every right to be proud, because the goal - a long-range strike from the right side of the field caught everyone, including United goal keeper Dennis Onyango, by surprise.

Moriri had earlier lobbed Onyango, three minutes after the restart in a match, when United had been the first to settle and launch attacks through Kermit Erasmus in the first and second minutes. Shane Poggenpoel then saw his goal bound shot blocked by Godfrey Sapula in the 22nd minute.

United's goal was a free kick in the 67th minute by Katlego Mashego, who replaced Erasmus.


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