Sundowns came out guns blazing in the first half in search of a positive start to the New Year after a lukewarm first-half of the season. The Brazilians had a blistering passage of play that yielded four goals.
They opened the scoring through a header in the box from captain Alje Schut in the 13th minute after an accurate free-kick delivered Teko Modise.
A minute later it was striker Cuthbert Malajila’s turn to score after being the recipient of cross from Anthony Laffor on the edge of the box.
Malajila completed his brace In the 21st minute with an easy tap-in after a square pass from Siyanda Zwane.
Having played a key role in much of the goals, Modise grabbed a goal of his own when Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia misjudged the midfield maestro’s free-kick that wobbled into the back of the net in the 24th minute.
With four goals to the good, Sundowns were in cruise-control and with Swallows yet to pose any threat to the defence.
The industrious Laffor nicked the ball from Swallows defender Luvhengo Mungomeni and drove a powerful shot over an unconvincing Etafia in the 40th minute.
With seconds to go before the end of the first-half Mzikayise Mashaba in attempting an acrobatic clearance in the box fouled Felix Obada.
Winger Luyolo Nomandela on-loan at Swallows, converted the penalty with aplomb against his parent club to make it 4-1 at the interval.
In the second half Sundowns showed a thirst for more goals with Modise looking for his brace with a curling shot outside the box in the 52nd minute.
The Dube Birds came to life in the second half after a disappointing first half.
Swallows midfielder Lantshene Phalane fed a through ball to running Nomandela on the right flank, but his cross found no recipient on the end of it as it eluded every header in the box.
Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu in the defensive midfield position thwarted a counter-attack from Obada with a well-timed tackle in a dangerous position.
The Soweto club launched another attack on the Sundowns defence but Schut held firm with a clearance inside the box.
Sundowns were able to hold on for their ninth victory of the season much thanks to a comprehensive showing in the opening half.
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