PSL Champions Mamelodi Sundowns ended their excellent season in style as they claimed a 3-0 win over Cape Town City on Saturday evening.
Lakay Lyle’s perfect free-kick and a brace by Peter Shalulile was all the Brazilians needed at Loftus Versfeld Stadium to bag maximum points.
It was the visitors who started the game on a high; Kennedy Mweene was called into action after just three minutes. A good pass from the midfield caught the defenders out of position and Fagrie Lakay managed to put himself in a one-on-one situation with the Zambia shot-stopper. However, the latter pulled a great save to send the ball out for an unfruitful corner.
Mosa Lebusa was forced out with an injury two minutes later, and Harambee Star Brian Onyango was introduced in his place.
The champions were not that dangerous in the opening minutes, but when they did, they made it count. The Citizens conceded a free-kick in a dangerous position in the 10th minute. Lakay rose for the occasion, leaving the goalkeeper glued to his spot.
It was the fourth league goal for the 29-year-old in the 24 league matches in the campaign.
The visitors upped their tempo hoping to get an equalizer, but the Brazilians stood firm at the back to ensure they didn’t leak.
Namibia forward Peter Shalulile had a massive chance to score his 14th goal of the season when he beat the offside trap, but his shot went narrowly wide with goalkeeper Marc Anderson well beaten
Miscommunication at Masandawana defense allowed Lakay to steal possession before sprinting clear in the 41st minute and unleashed a fierce strike that Mweene -who was deputising for Ugandan Denis Onyango, kept out.
But it was the hosts who ended the first half on a high with Shalulile coming close twice. In the 43rd minute, his feeble shot from great position was calmly collected by the goalkeeper while his header moments later, missed the target by inches.
Three minutes after the restart, Mweene had to be alert to stop a rocket from Mduduzi Mdantsane who had been slipped into the danger zone by his teammate. Morena Thapelo was then forced to make a goalline clearance from the resulting corner.
Lyle almost doubled the advantage in the 60th minute from another set-piece from about 20 yards, but hawk-eyed Anderson pushed the ball out for a corner.
The dangerous Shalulile was rewarded for his hard work in the 75th minute when he danced his way past two defenders, before calmly slotting home to double the advantage.
The Namibian was at it again in the 82nd minute, this time around tapping in a Morena pass to score his 15th of the season and his 31st in two PSL seasons.
Sundowns XI: Mweene Kennedy, Morena Thapelo, Lakay Lyle, Nascimento Ricardo, Lebusa Mosa, Mkhulise Sphelele, Maboe Leohnag, Sirino Gaston, Jali Andile, Modiba Aubrey, Shalulile Peter
Subs: Goss Ricardo, Affonso Mauricio, Mudau Khuliso, Onyango Brian, Domingo Haashim, Kekana Hlompho, Mkhuma Promise, Vilakazi Sibusiso, Margeman Grant
Cape Town XI: Marc Anderson, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Abbubaker Mobara, Taariq Fielies, Terence Mashego, Charles Zulu, Thato Mokeke, Mduduzi Mdantsane, Surprise Ralani, Fagrie Lakay, Abdul Ajagun
Subs: Reid Bombay, Mpho Makola, Aubrey Ngoma, Keanu Cupido, Tashreeq Morris, Justine Shonga, Craig Martin, Taahir Goedeman.