Swallows upset Pirates
Thulasizwe Mbuyane battles with Lerato Chabang (Backpage)
Soweto - Orlando Pirates squandered a two goal advantage as they were beaten by Moroka Swallows as “the original Soweto derby” ended 3-2 at the Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday night
Sifiso Myeni’s early goal and an Andile Jali penalty was not sufficient enough after Katlego Mashego, Lefa Tsutsulupa and Lerato Chabangu rallied the Birds back with a goal each in their PSL match.
The loss for Pirates means they are rooted to second place as they missed a chance to go to the top of the table. They now have 40 points, two less than leaders and arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs. VIDEO: PSL: Moroka Swallows v Orlando Pirates Highlights
The defending league champions had a dream start to the match as they took the lead in only the first minute.
A quick counter-attack ensued and saw Takesure Chinyama with a through ball to Myeni which was put away with a low shot past Swallows 'keeper Greg Etafia, 1-0.
It was a magnificent start from the Buccaneers and they could have made it even better three minutes later when Happy Jele swung in a brilliant cross from the right flank to the back post where Daine Klate forced a good save from Etafia after he had a hit a left footed volley into the ground.
Klate was again denied by Etafia in the 25th minute when the Nigerian goalkeeper tipped over a left footed free-kick from 20-yards out.
Pirates were handed the chance to double their lead via a penalty kick after Swallows defender Roger Da Costa was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.
Jali was then given the responsibility from 12-yards as he sent Etafia the wrong way with a right-footed low shot in the 37th minute as the Buccaneers went in front, 2-0.
Swallows, though, reduced the deficit in the 45th minute as half-time loomed, and it was former Pirates players who made their previous employers pay.
Dikgang Mabalane out-ran the Pirates defenders on the right flank and sent in a low cross which an unmarked Mashego slotted home from 12-yards, 2-1.
With a third of the second half already played the Birds drew level as Mabalane hit a powerful shot from long range which beat Pirates 'keeper Senzo Meyiwa, and then rebounded off the post for Swallows skipper Tsutsulupa to head home from close range, 2-2.
Swallows then completed their comeback and took the lead through a set play in the 68th minute.
Mashego floated a ball from a free-kick situation into the danger area and Chabangu flicked a header beyond Meyiwa to complete a remarkable comeback, and seal the three points.Scorers:
Moroka Swallows (1) 3 (Mashego 45’, Tsutsulupa 60’, Chabangu 68’)
Orlando Pirates (2) 2 (Myeni 1’, Jali 37’ pen) Teams:
Swallows: Etafia, Da Costa, Lekgothoane, Cohen, Mapemba; Kumalo, Tsutsulupa, Mabalane, Chabangu (Machapa 84’); Mashego (Chenene 75’), Nomvete (Obada 94’)
Pirates: Meyiwa, Jele, Matlaba, Gcaba, Lekgwathi; Jali, Manyisa, Myeni (Segolela 79’), Klate; Mbuyane (Ntshumayelo 67’), Chinyama (Mbesuma 69’)