Absa Premiership

Dube Birds keep Bucs at bay

2014-12-17 22:03
Siyabonga Nomvethe (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates have failed to register the three points when they drew 1-1 against the defensive Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night.
 
Siyabonga Nomvethe netted first for the hosts in the first-half and in-form Lehlohonolo Majoro was on target for the visitors when he scored in the second half.
 
The Soweto derby started on slow build-ups, Eric Tinkler’s men probed for an early opener when defender Happy Jele combined with Mpho Makola down the right flank but Rudi Isaacs managed to clear at the back.
 
However, for the first time in the Buccaneers’ camp, Kermit Erasmus partnered with Lehohonolo Majoro and their combination troubled Fani Madida’s men.
 
In the 15th minute, a long pass by Rooi Mahamutsa found Sfiso Myeni, his first touch was brilliant and his final shot was off target, failing to call Greg Etafia into action.
 
The match proceeded with both sides being even in the middle of the park, however, in the 34th minute, Lucky Baloyi’s attempt out of the penalty area was deflected by Siaybonga Nomvethe to beat Brighton Mhlongo to give the hosts the lead.
 
Towards the interval, the visitors took the game to Swallows but their efforts to find an equaliser were in vain as Nomvethe’s strike separated the two Soweto giants at half-time.
 
Swallows started off as a better side of the two, defending well and looking good in transition, however, they were let down by their decisions in the final third.
 
Tinkler introduced Thabo Rakhale in the 62nd minute and his moved worked as ‘Jomo’ revived Pirates’ play with his direct moves to the Swallows defence, which created chances for Majoro and Erasmus.
 
However, in the 78th minute, Rakhale’s pass found Erasmus who placed for Majoro to finish with a neat shot, beating the Nigerian keeper. Just after Majoro’s goal, Helder Pelembe was introduced.
 
In the dying minutes, Swallows sat at the back and defended too deep, allowing Pirates to come at them, the substitute Rakhale was a nuisance for the Birds and he saw his attempt saved by Etafia on the line.
 
The Buccaneers desperately went forward in search of a late winner but the Dube Birds fought hard to ensure they bagged four points from Tinkler’s men this season, having won the first league encounter between the teams.

Scorers:
Moroka Swallows (1) 1 (Nomvethe 34’)
Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Majoro 78’)

Teams:
Moroka Swallows: Etafia, Isaacs, Lekgothoane, Savic (Tsutsulupa 72’), Hendricks, Cohen, Esterhuizen (Wana 84’), Mabalane, Baloyi, Nomvethe (Chabangu 75’), Phalane
Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Jele, Phungwayo, Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Sarr, Myeni, Manyisa, Majoro (Pelembe 78’), Makola (Rakhale 62’), Erasmus (Gabuza 81’)

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