Moriri to the rescue for awful Downs

Linda Moreotsene

It took him 86 minutes, but Mamelodi Sundowns' Surprise Moriri scored against Bloemfoontein Celtic to hand his team a much-needed 1-0 win at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville last night.

The pressure eases somewhat on coach Henri Michel as he registered his third win since taking the reins at Chloorkop. Downs were again awful in the first half, and if the players want to rid themselves of the "average" tag their coach has bestowed upon them, they will have to do more to impress the Frenchman.

There were a handful of chances in the opening half, except for Dillon Sheppard who followed his excellent performance on Sunday with another impressive display.

In the seventh minute, Siboniso Gaxa, who partnered Jorge Acuna in the middle of the park, appeared to have been fouled inside the box and there were appeals for a penalty but referee Jonas Nhlapo refused to burge.

Sheppard got chances in the 33rd and 40th minutes, but found the Celtic defence marshalled by goalie Shu-Aib Walters equal to the task.

Celtic never got any close to troubling Calvin Marlin in the Downs goals. The second part of the match saw Phunya SeleSele slowly getting into the match.

Their striker Petros Mahlatsi should have scored for them but missed an easy chance.

He failed to control the direction of his header with only Marlin to beat.

Dario Monteiro placed his shot past the visitor's gaping goal mouth in the 74th minute, with Walters completely wrong footed.

With another demoralising draw staring them in the face, Michel brought in Benedict Vilakazi for Sheppard.

But it took Moriri to bang in the winner with four to go.