Swallows hold off Sundowns
Siyabonga Nomvethe (Backpage)
Pretoria - A 36th minute penalty from veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe secured all three points for Swallows over 10-man Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership game at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday night.
Swallows narrowly held on for a 1-0 victory over the Brazilians. The Dube Birds were lucky to come away with all three points, even though they had an extra man for most of the match.
Sundowns started the game off the brightest with Anthony Laffor
splitting the Swallows defence as soon as the fifth minute. Teko Modise
played the Liberian into space but he failed to find the target with only the keeper to beat. VIDEO: Sundowns v Swallows, highlights
Sundowns dominated the early exchanges, with Laffor and especially Modise running the show in midfield. Swallows seemed to have forgotten how to play in the first 15 minutes of the game with the Brazilians having 80% of the possession.
Despite Sundowns’ dominance Swallows opened the scoring against the run of play in the 36th minute of the match. Nomvethe netted his fifth goal of the season from the penalty spot after David Mathebula was brought down in the box.
Mathebula broke through the Sundowns defence and was brought down by Method Mwanjale from behind in the penalty area. As a result Mwanjale received a straight red card for his troubles. The half ended 1-0 in favour of the visiting team thanks to a goal from Nomvethe.
The second half started much like the first with the Brazilians pressing forward in search of the back of the net. Chabangu went close for the visitors with a fierce shot from the edge of the area in the 59th minute, but the Bafana midfielder could only manage to hit the side netting.
Mushhekwi went close to finding the equaliser in the 73rd minute. The striker got on the end of an Mphela chip, but the striker’s volley went narrowly wide of Etafia’s post.
Mushekwi made a clear impact off the bench and the striker again went close to restoring parity in the 82nd minute, his resulting header from close range went over the bar.
Sundowns were unlucky to not gather any points from the match even with the numerical disadvantage.Scores:
Mamelodi Sundowns 0
Moroka Swallows (1) 1 (Nomvethe 36’ pen)Teams:
Mamelodi Sundowns: Sandilands; Mphela, Arendse, Mabaso, Mwanjale, Henyekane (Mushekwi 63’), Nyandoro, Shongwe, Laffor (Sangweni 40’), Modise (Khumalo 72’), Langerman
Moroka Swallows: Etafia; Da Costa, Cohen, Lekgothoane, Kumalo, Tsutsulupa (Chenene 25’), Mapemba, Nomvethe (Machapa 77’), Mabalane, Mathebula (Mashego 70’), Chabangu