Downs dance to magical wet weather win in Nedbank Cup

Indeed, the sky is the limit for Mamelodi Sundowns! Six successive wins. 15 goals in three Nedbank Cup matches. Five goals on a rain-soaked Saturday evening at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium as they advanced to the Nedbank Cup semi-final. That is the story of the Tshwane giants.  

Gaston Sirino put up a stellar performance, opening the scoresheet and creating a further three chances as Kermit Erasmus grabbed a brace to put Clinton Larsen’s Summerfield Dynamos to the sword in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal. 

Sundowns made 10 changes from the team that beat Swallows 4-2 on Wednesday, giving several fringe players a run against the third-tier side. Still brimming with quality and finesse, they ruthlessly buried their opponents 5-0 on a rain-soaked evening. 

After getting his first goal last weekend in the Caf Champions League, Erasmus stretched his season’s tally to three [in all competitions]. 

Lesedi Kapinga also registered his name on the scoresheet, grabbing the second of the day as Downs went to the break 2-0 up. 

Substitute Pavol Safranko scored the fifth barely two minutes after coming on, heading in a beautiful Sirino cross.  

Sundowns’ overall performance underlined the professional approach they give to every game. Sundowns join GladAfrica Championship side TTM and Marumo Gallants, who beat SuperSport United and Baroka respectively, in the semi-finals. Royal AM and Pretoria University will fight for the remaining spot on Sunday in Durban.

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