Johannesburg - Moroka Swallows and Bloemfontein Celtic played out to an
entertaining 1-1 draw at the Dobsonville
Stadium on Saturday but wins by both Tuks and Free State Stars meant Swallows
finished in the bottom half of the Premiership.
Swallows and Tuks both ended the season on 40 points but the University of
Pretoria side edged them out of the top-eight on goal difference.
The hosts should have taken the lead in the seventh minute when Dominic
Isaacs hacked down Bennett Chenene on the edge of the box, but Katlego Mashego
powered the free kick over the bar.
Five minutes later, Roger da Costa came to Swallows’ rescue in defence after
a beautiful Limbikani Mzava cross had several Celtic players waiting in the
Celtic continued to raid the Swallows half and, in the 24th minute, Joel
Mogorosi let fly a pile driver but Birds' keeper Greg Etafia was equal to the
In the 30th minute, Lefa Tsutsulupa found space and sent in a brilliant
cross but there were no takers for Swallows causing little concern to Patrick
Tignyemb in goal.
Felix Obada broke the deadlock in the 34th minute to give Swallows the lead
with a well-drilled shot after being set up by Mashego.
In the second half, Celtic came out a much more rejuvenated side and were
determined to seek out an equaliser.
Lyle Lakay showed the Swallows defender a clean pair of heels and sent in a
great cross which Mogorosi fired past Etafia, to level the scores in the 47th
Twelve minutes later, the Celtic skipper Thabo Nthethe was unable to handle
the speed of Obada and resorted to hacking him down, resulting in a free kick
which Tsutsulupa fluffed as he powered his effort over the bar.
Swallows coach Zeca Marques brought on Lerato Chabangu in the 68th minute
and the midfielder made an immediate impact, clearing out of danger a
dangerous-looking Lakay corner.
Tsutsulupa came close in the 73rd minute but, having done everything right,
he lifted his head just as he was taking his shot and it flew agonisingly over
PSL leading goal-scorer, Mashego’s hopes of increasing his tally were ended
in the 77th minute when Marques pulled him out for David Mathebula.
The striker, however, remained the leading goal scorer of the season with 13
goals, earning himself the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot.
Celtic ended their season fifth on the log with 42 points, having won 11
games, drawn nine and lost 10 games.
Swallows would be disappointed with their seventh draw after also winning 11
games but losing 12 matches in the season.