Swallows thrash Sundowns
Johannesburg - Moroka Swallows dumped Mamelodi
Sundowns out of the Telkom Knockout at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday
evening, claiming a stunning 3-0 win in their last 16 match thanks to
goals from Lefa Tsutsulupa, former Brazilians player Lerato Chabangu,
and Siyabonga Nomvethe.
The Tshwane team dominated the encounter in
terms of possession and the number of scoring chances they created, but a
failure to capitalise on their opportunities allowed the Birds to keep
up their excellent cup record against ‘Downs: they have now not lost any
of their last 10 cup ties against the team from Mamelodi, heading back
as far as 1989.
Sundowns created the better chances in the first
half and should have taken the lead as early as the 15th minute.
Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia spilled a low shot from Mabhuti Khenyeza
and Katlego Mphela ran onto the rebound, but to Etafia’s credit he got
straight up to close down the Bafana Bafana striker and make up for his
Etafia was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers,
and on 31 minutes he had to make a fingertip save from a dipping long
range drive by Hlompho Kekana. The Brazilians enjoyed the lion’s share
of possession and won a bevy of corner kicks, but the Birds’ well
organised defence – as well the occasional intervention from Etafia –
kept the visitors at bay.
And on 37 minutes, against the run of
play, Swallows took the lead through captain Lefa Tsutsulupa. The
dreadlocked midfielder controlled a great ball from James Mayinga on his
chest, turned and hit a left-footed volley that squeezed under the body
of Calvin Marlin before finding the back of the net.
created the first genuine opening of the first half, with Kekana handing
Mphela a clear sight of goal, but a prohibitive angle was always going
to make it tough for ‘Killer’ to beat Etafia and the Nigerian goalkeeper
duly smothered the striker’s low shot to keep his side in front.
On 56 minutes Sundowns came close to a bizarre equaliser – Elias
Pelembe found himself one-on-one with Etafia, but again the goalkeeper
made a brave block. However, he lost sight of the ball and Pelembe was
able to get a second away that had to be cleared off the line by Ashraf
Hendricks and an ugly scramble in the penalty ensued.
later Kekana had a glaring chance to score his first goal for ‘Downs but
he somehow skewed his shot wide of the target. It really seemed to be a
matter of when rather than if the visitors would bring themselves back
on level terms.
Yet, on 65 minutes, the Birds extended their
lead. Marlin completely missed a cross from a corner kick and former
Sundowns attacker Lerato Chabangu arrived at the far post to steer home a
shot that put his side 2-0 up and on course for a place in the
That was confirmed on 83 minutes – substitute
Oscar Machapa got a shot on target that rebounded off Marlin, hit the
feet of Siyabonga Nomvethe and trickled over the goal line before a
defender could make a clearance. At 3-0 up the Birds were flying into
the last eight, joining Santos, Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates. The
remaining quarterfinalists will be determined from further matches on
Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Moroka Swallows (1) 3 (Tsutsulupa 37’, Chabangu 65’, Nomvethe 83’)
Mamelodi Sundowns 0
Etafia; Isaacs, Hendricks, Mungomeni, Mayinga, Makhanya (Machapa 74’),
Nergadze, Tsutsulupa, Mathebula (Maleka 73’), Chabangu (Twala 79’),
Sundowns: Marlin; Letlabika, Mwanjale, Daniels
(Xulu 63’), Masenamela, Modise, Kekana, Moriri (Zwane 76’), Pelembe,
Mphela (Mushekwi 65’), Khenyeza