Soweto - Lerato Chabangu came off the bench to snatch a late winner for Moroka
Swallows in their 2-1 victory over Orlando Pirates in the Soweto derby
at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
AS IT HAPPENED: Orlando Pirates v Moroka Swallows
Swallows opened the scoring in
the eighth minute as Lantshene Phalane's shot at goal took a deflection
off defender Siyabonga Sangweni and flat-footed goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.
Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa levelled matters in the 34th minute
from the penalty spot.
Pirates were left to regret their dismal
showing in front of goal after a number of missed chances. Swallows
midfielder Chabangu and Shere Lekgothoane both came on from the
substitute's bench to combine for the winning goal in the 81st minute.
on, despite trailing, Pirates looked the better team with Mpho Makola,
Kermit Erasmus and Thabo Matlaba spearheading the onslaught.
nimble Makola troubled Luvhengo Mungomeni and Larry Cohen in the
Swallows defence, and in the 26th minute Makola unleashed a powerful
strike at the Swallows goal which was stopped only by the crossbar.
Erasmus misfire on the half-hour mark, came after some neat tandem
passing with Daine Klate on the edge of the penalty box, as Erasmus
broke clear of the defence but shot inches wide with only the goalkeeper
Three minutes later, Erasmus redeemed himself by earning his team a penalty.
Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia miscued a kick which found Erasmus, who dribbled into the box and was fouled by Rudi Isaacs.
striker Siyabonga Nomvethe had a rare chance for his team but the
veteran's lack of speed meant Happy Jele was able to win the ball as the
sides went to the break locked at 1-1.
The bluntness of Pirates
in front of goal was back to haunt them again as Makola missed another
easy scoring opportunity in the 54th minute.
Klate and defender
Rooi Mahamutsa hit the crossbar in two consecutive chances for the
Buccaneers on the hour mark, which up until that point summed up their
efficiency in front of goal.
The Dube Birds frustrated and
exhausted the opposition as they managed to take the punches and keep
the threat of conceding at bay.
On numerous occasions Pirates dissected the Swallows defensive formation but poor finishing proved their undoing.
Meyiwa – Jele, Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Matlaba – Ntshumayelo (Majoro 84’), Manyisa – Makola, Myeni (Qalinge 66’), Klate (Sarr 72’) - Erasmus
Etafia – Isaacs, Mungomeni, Cohen, Mahoa – Mabalane, Baloyi, Phalane, Tsutsulupa, Wana (Chabangu 62’) – Nomvete (Lekgothoane 80’)