Absa Premiership

Tuks swoop past Dube Birds

2014-04-08 22:09
Grant Kekana (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - The University of Pretoria have bagged three priceless points when they edged Moroka Swallows 2-1 in a PSL clash at the Tuks Stadium, in Pretoria, on Tuesday evening.

WRAP: PSL

Goals from Geoffrey Massa and Grant Kekana ended a run of successive league defeats, lifting the Pretoria outfit to 31 points and up to 10th in the league standings, with four games left this season.

Despite trailing after 35 minutes following Roger da Costa's breakthrough, Massa and Kekana converted either side of half-time to take AmaTuks past the crucial 30-point barrier, which in recent seasons has proved the magic number in surviving relegation.

The hosts set their stalls and soaked up plenty of early pressure from Swallows, preferring to make use of the counter-attack, which the visitors struggled to contain.

Chances for skipper Tebogo Monyai and Massa went wide, while Siyabonga Nomvethe flashed wide midway through the opening half.

An industrious effort from the Soweto side allowed them to dominate possession as the half came to an end.

Da Costa rose above his markers 10 minutes from the end of the half to hand Swallows the opener, courtesy of a well-timed jump and solid headed effort, which beat goalkeeper Washington Arubi for pace and power.

The Birds had their celebrations cut short eight minutes later when Massa rounded off in spectacular style, netting an acrobatic bicycle-kick from close range to draw the sides level.

AmaTuks looked the brighter of the sides after the interval, Massa providing a constant threat upfront, which lifted the rest of the AmaTuks outfit and provided some excitement after a dull opening stanza.

At the other end, a much-improved defensive effort kept Swallows at bay, as Tuks showed hints of dominating the exchanges in the middle of the field.

Tuks were rewarded for their persistence as Kekana headed home Khethukuthula Zwane's inswinging corner on 72 minutes, as the hosts took hold of the game and deservedly stole the lead.

Tuks managed to hold on for the nervy victory, as Swallows relinquished 10th spot and dropped down to 12, in serious danger of slipping down into the relegation places.

Scorers:
University of Pretoria (1) 2 (Massa 42’, Kekana 72’)
Moroka Swallows (1) 1 (Da Costa 35’)

Teams:

University of Pretoria: Arubi, Nyondo Mkhwanazi, Monyai, Ketjijere, Ngubane (Bishop 87’), Mosadi, Sibande, Mnyamane (Zwane 46’), Massa (Monama 78’), Kekana

Moroka Swallows: Etafia, Isaacs, Da Costa, Cohen, Mapemba, Mbekile, Tsutsulupa, Nergadze, Wana (Chabangu 74’), Nomvethe (Manqele 79’), Obada

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Baroka FC v SuperSport United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:30
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Cape Town City FC, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Bloemfontein Celtic v SuperSport United, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.