An inspired halftime substitution from Gavin Hunt allowed Moroka Swallows to move back to the top of the Castle Premier Soccer league following their 1-1 draw with Ajax Cape Town at Newlands Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Gordon Igesund's men looked the better side in the first period with Dillon Shepherd in excellent form.
Ajax almost went ahead in the ninth minute when Joseph Ngake broke clear, but his shot was well saved by Swallows keeper Greg Etafia.
They continued the pressure and had another chance to open the scoring after 17 minutes when Nathan Paulse chested down and shot on the turn, but his powerful drive flew just wide of the upright.
Paulse then wasted a golden opportunity to break the deadlock two minutes when he latched onto a Shepherd cross, but the striker shot wide from close range.
Swallows then wasted a chance after 23 minutes when Kerryn Jordan broke clear, but the striker shot wide under pressure from Ajax keeper Moeneeb Josephs.
Josephs' resulting goalkick found Brent Carelse, who turned and unleashed a fierce drive, which Etafia could only parry and Paulse was on hand to tap home to give Ajax a deserved 1-0 lead.
Man-of-the-match Josephs was then under constant pressure and produced a superb diving save to deny Edzai Kasinauyo from equalising just before the break.
But an inspired half-time substitution by Hunt paid off four minutes after the restart when Ajax failed to- clear the ball following a goalmouth scramble, which led to substitute Sbongakonke Ndlovu slotting home close from close range.
The visitors started producing the sort of football they have become accustomed to this season, stroking the ball around with consummate ease, making the home side work to gain possession.
Sebona should have put the Birds ahead in the 68th minute, but he was denied by a brilliant save from Josephs, who continues to impress in the Ajax goal.
Josephs was again called upon after 82 minutes when Ndlovu broke clear and again the young stopper denied Swallows from taking the lead and with ensured Ajax a share of the spoils.