Swallows book final spot

2012-08-26 17:25

Johannesburg - Lerato Chabangu scored a quick-fire brace to cause the early damage as Moroka Swallows beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-2 (6-5 on aggregate) in their MTN8 second-leg semi-final in Dobsonville on Sunday afternoon.

Swallows started the game with a flurry of goals and opened a 3-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes.

The Birds scored their first two through Chabangu and Bennett Chenene added the third.

Sundowns replied through a pinpoint Teko Modise free-kick in the 23rd minute, but a further two goals to level matters proved too much for the Pretoria side, and they managed only one more consolation strike deep in second-half injury time.

The teams had played to a 3-3 draw in the first leg in Atteridgeville.

Swallows will now face SuperSport United in the final on September 22, with the venue still to be determined.

The first good chance fell to the visitors in the fourth minute. Modise stepped up to take a free kick from 30 metres out, opted to cross, and found Lebohang Mokoena, but his headed attempt was directed straight at Greg Etafia in the Swallows goal.

The hosts worked their way into the match and were rewarded with a goal in the 10th minute. Siyabonga Nomvethe made a run down the right and his cross found an unmarked Chabangu who slotted home to open the scoring.

Four minutes later Swallows had their second. The same pair were involved again with Nomvethe providing the cross for Chabangu whose clinical finish sent the home side into a 2-0 lead before the quarter hour mark.

Lefa Tsutsulupa added a third in the 20th minute when he made a bustling run down the middle into the box, but his shot was blocked by Wayne Sandilands in the Sundowns goal.

Chenene, however, was in support and headed the rebound into the back of the net.

Three minutes later, Modise pulled a goal back for the Brazilians. His set piece from 25 metres out on the left hand side was executed in textbook fashion as the ball scorched into the top right corner of the net to make it 3-1.

Sundowns came close to netting a second in the 35th minute when Tebogo Langerman took a free kick in a good position on the edge of the penalty area, but his effort sailed just over the crossbar.

Downs failed to convert another sharp chance with a little more than half an hour remaining when a Langerman effort was well saved by Greg Etafia.

Chabangu, in search of his hat-trick in the 73rd minute, reeled off a shot from long range and Sandilands dived full length to deflect the ball out for a corner.

Sundowns pushed forward in the last quarter of the match, and Nyasha Mushekwi finally scored their second in injury time, but it was too little too late.


  • edwin.phadu - 2012-08-26 17:33

    Well done swallows

  • fdalana - 2012-08-26 18:26

    what a weekend! Its only in italy where money can buy good results.

  • namedi.mphahlele.71 - 2012-08-26 18:30

    As much as we have improved and scoring goals, I am equally worried with the way we are conceeding goals. Up The Birds, lets win and win.

  • Ronald Pieterse - 2012-08-26 19:06

    well done birds!

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-08-27 07:26

    Swallows are just brilliant. Scoring three goal, in two consecutive matches against Sundowns is just awesome.

  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-08-27 09:29

    i bet my last cent swallows will not win this cup,they only play good only against sundowns,as for the drunkerd shabangu he hate downs and motsepe so much and think that he only will destroy this team,we dont need such players in our team,if u want to increase ur salary from R3000 to atleast R35000 GO TO CHIPS BABA,

      namedi.mphahlele.71 - 2012-08-27 13:55

      Abram Mothibedi, you are out of your circle. Apply your mind a little bit before you post a public comment.

      ivan.cwaile - 2012-08-27 14:41

      Sour grapes laaitie ... Motho ga a tlhobogiwe a santse a phela morwa mothibedi. I believe he was just doing what Swallows are paying him to do just like all players from the other clubs. Do you think Cheeseboy should not exert himself against Pirates? I think not and we both agree. Lerato is simply repaying Swallows for believing in a man condemned by Sundowns as irepairable and beyond redemption. So please mfana let us all give him credit. May I add that your team is not bad at all, they just need to polish their man-marking skills and learn to play as a cohesive unit and not as individual stars. Ke a tlotla mfana, ga kena lenyatso mo mothong ope. Enjoy your day and look forward to the next Sundowns match. Good luck boy!!!!

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