Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stellenbosch FC at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening.
In a tribute to Anele Ngcongca, both teams stopped in the 16th minute in rememberance of the Sundowns player.
Peter Shalulile opened the scoring early on before Kermit Erasmus added his name to the scoresheet on 26 minutes. Themba Zwane rounded out the win just after the hour mark as Sundowns picked up their fourth win of the Premiership campaign.
The first half proved to be a one-sided affair, thanks in no small part to Sundowns claiming the lead after just seven minutes of play.
Peter Shalulile bagged the crucial opening goal, shrugging clear of his marker before heading into the bottom-left corner from Kermit Erasmus' inviting cross.
Stellenbosch were struggling to make an impact on proceedings as a sustained period of Sundowns pressure forced them to sit deep and soak up the pressure.
The visitors were given a warning in the 19th minute as Lebohang Maboe let fly from outside the box, but goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt was alert to the danger getting down low to keep out the goal-bound shot.
However, there was little Langeveldt could do to stop Sundowns from adding a second goal in the 26th minute as Shalulile turned provider, teeing up Erasmus for a straightforward finish.
Stellenbosch didn't let their heads drop, though, with Leletu Skelem forcing Denis Onyango into making a save on 39 minutes, before Junior Mendieta fired narrowly wide of the left-hand post from outside the box.
Sundowns had one last chance to stretch further ahead as the first half drew to a close but the chance came to nothing as Themba Zwane fired wide of the mark after latching on to a neat pass from Erasmus.There was more to come from Sundowns after the half-time break, though, as they picked up where they left off.After a somewhat muted opening 15-minute spell, Sundowns notched their third of the evening on 62 minutes, Zwane collecting a pinpoint pass from Erasmus before firing into the bottom-left corner.Stellenbosch kept plugging away and twice went close to pulling one back as both Mendieta and Stanley Dimgba were denied by Onyango.Downs were quick to regain control of proceedings, however, as Maboe shot high and wide after some good work in the build-up by Andile Jali.Later efforts from Haashim Domingo and Rivaldo Coetzee were saved by Langeveldt as Masandawana refused to take their foot off the gas.Despite their best efforts, Sundowns were unable to add a fourth in the closing stages of the contest, while Stellies failed to fashion a consolation goal.- TEAMtalk media