Mamelodi Sundwons stretched their unbeaten run in the league to 12 matches with a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United United in an Absa Premiership encounter at Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday.
Anthony Laffor made a happy return to the starting eleven, netting a brace as the Brazilians held on to move into second place on the league standings.
Kurt Lentjies scored with five minutes remaining to set-up a nervy final few minutes for Pitso Mosimane’s men.
The early exchanges belonged to the visitors with Khama Billiat squandering a golden opportunity to add to his goal tally in the fifth minute.
Billiat snuck in behind the Maritzburg defensive line, but was unable to test Virgil Vries from an acute angle having done well to create space for himself inside the penalty area.
Maritzburg found their rhythm as the half grew on with Mohau Mokate forcing Kennedy Mweene into a smart save in the 38th minute. The Team of Choice striker directing a powerful effort at goal from range, Mweene though was up to the task.
Chances were limited in what was a tightly contested first-half with either side failing in their attempts to trouble the scorers before the break.
The Brazilians were handed a gift five minutes into the second-half as a resurgent Anthony Laffor pounced to open the scoring. A dreadful defensive mistake let in the Liberian who rounded Vries before poking the ball into an empty net, 1-0.
Laffor doubled his tally in the 63rd minute. Teko Modise ignited a quick attacking move which was rounded-off with aplomb by the former SuperSport United attacker who built on his sterling performance off the bench against AmaTuks on the weekend.
Lentjies pulled one back for Steve Komphela’s side in the 85th minute. The midfielder firing in via the inside of the post from the edge of the area.
The Team of Choice piled forward in what was a full seven minutes of stoppage time, but ‘Downs held on to secure a valuable win.