SuperSport pick up second win
Nathan Paulse (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - SuperSport United picked up their second victory of the season when they dismantled Moroka Swallows 3-1 in their Premiership match at Dobsonville on Friday.
With the win, SuperSport move to 17 points from 14 games, while the Soweto side remained on 14 points after as many games.
It was a fourth consecutive league loss for The Birds as they were outclassed by a ruthless SuperSport side.
The visitors led 1-0 at the break through Ashley Hartog, before a three-goal flurry early in the second half.
Nathan Paulse and George Maluleka added the second and third for SuperSport while Swallows' Katlego Mashego pulled a goal back from a penalty.
The Birds began the match without much direction, while United quickly took control.
In the fourth minute a Paulse header for the visitors required a diving save from Aubrey Mathibe in the Swallows goal.
Less than a minute later Kermit Erasmus had a close range chance, but his shot went straight to Mathibe.
The visitors scored the opener through Hartog in the sixth minute. SuperSport keeper Ronwen Williams cleared the ball upfield to the other side of the pitch.
The Swallows defence allowed the ball to bounce in the area and Sameehg Doutie crossed for Hartog, who banged the ball into an open net.
Swallows clicked into action after the goal and pressed for an equaliser and in the 14th minute, a well-taken Mashego free kick was tipped over goal by Williams.
Mashego was again involved in the 26th minute with a shot from the edge of the area, but the attempt was blocked by Williams.
Six minutes after the break, SuperSport were rewarded for their dominance as Paulse doubled their lead.
After a good piece of skill to gather a lofted ball on the edge of the area, he turned and left the Swallows defence trailing as he shot past Williams to extend the lead to 2-0.
In the 58th minute, Swallows pulled a goal back when they were awarded a penalty. Thabo September handled the ball in the area and Mashego duly converted from the spot.
Less than a minute later Maluleka replied with the third for SuperSport from the kick-off.
The Swallows defence were again caught off-guard as the cross found Maluleka, who drew Mathibe off his line, and chipped the ball over his head to make it 3-1.