Brazilians down Birds

2013-12-01 19:02
Katlego Mashego (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - Mamelodi Sundowns have returned to the top of the Absa Premiership when they beat Moroka Swallows 2-1 at the Loftus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Katlego Mashego scored a brace for the Brazilians on the day, with Lerato Chabangu netting for the Birds.
Swallows had their first real attempt at goal when winger Dikgang Mabalane volleyed the ball just wide of goal after the ball had fallen to him on the edge of the box in the 26th minute.
Four minutes later Chabangu was one-on-one with Sundowns keeper Kennedy Mweene, but the former Brazilians captain shot straight at the keeper. It was a weak attempt as he had time to perfectly place the ball.
The home side had their opportunity at the other end seconds later. Khama Billiat did well to skilfully beat his marker and eliminate a few defenders. He then set up Cuthbert Malajila, who toe-poked the ball into the side netting with his left foot.
The game had begun to open up in the latter stages of the first half and the Brazilians would punish Swallows for their erratic defending. Etafia gave a lame pass to his defender and he has dispossessed by Billiat, who unselfishly passed to an unmarked Mashego to tap home into an empty net.
Mashego doubled his tally in the 60th minute when Swallows failed to clear the ball from a corner kick. Rashid Sumalia’s header came off the crossbar and Mashego reacted the quickest of all the players in the box as he headed home from close range.
Luvhengo Mungomeni was given his marching orders by referee Lwandile Mfiki in the 74th minute after a second yellow card offence was committed by the former Sundowns player.
Two minutes before time, Chabangu reduced the deficit for Swallows. The Swallows skipper beautifully curled his free kick from 20-yards to beat Mweene.

The match ended 2-1 as Sundowns climbed to the top of the log.
Mamelodi Sundowns:
(1) 2 (Mashego 43’ 60’)
Moroka Swallows: (0) 1 (Chabangu 88’)
Mamelodi Sundowns:
Mweene, Langerman, Schut, Moon, Malajila (Henyekane 85’), Mashego, Kekana, Shongwe (Nyandoro 64’), Modise, Billiat (Wome 63’), Sumaila
Moroka Swallows: Etafia, Mungomeni, Isaacs, Cohen, Mokgothu, Nergadze, Mbekile, Mabalane, Chabangu, Nomvethe (Ogle 65’), Obada


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