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Royals Earn First Point 07/09/03
Zulu Royals earned their first point of their Castle Premiership campaign as they held Swallows to a 1-1 draw at the King Zwelithinu Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Zulu Royals against Swallows game has started off at a frenetic pace with the play switching from end to end.

Swallows winger Lucas Sebona troubled the home defence with his pacy runs downs the right flank, but failed to deliver the final ball to his strikers, although he did earn his team two corners.

Neither side managed to take the initiative as both teams gave away possession too easily in the midfield.

Former Pirates midfielder Goodman Mazibuko became the first player in the referees book for a clumsy challenge in the 19th minute.

The Birds continued to attack down the right flank, and another run by Sebona earned Swallows a corner in the 24th minute, but Warren Lewis, playing in his first match after a long-term layoff due to injury, failed to keep his header down.

Samuel Ngobeni remained largely anonymous on the left flank for the opening period, but did well to produce two quality crosses in the 25th minute, but both balls were well dealt with by the home defence.

Zulu Royals managed to take the lead against the run of play in the 39th minute when former Chiefs striker Lucky Maselesele struck a cracking left-footed shot from all of 30 yards out, which beat Swallows keeper Greg Etafia before hitting the underside of the cross bar and going in.

Swallows made an early change in the second half as they went in search of an equaliser, bringing on newly signed striker Keryn Jordan in the place of midfielder Peter "Big 6" Rabolele in the 51st minute.

The former Manning Rangers targetman didn't take long to make an impression as he saw his speculative left-footed drive from the edge of the area go narowly wide in the 53rd minute.

Jordan had another chance a few minutes later when the ball fell loose in the Royals area, but he was unable to squeeeze his shot through a crowded area.

The same player was involved in a nasty incident when he inadvertently caught home keeper Old-Jupiter Itoua on the face while chasing a through ball from Jermaine Christian.

The play was held up for a couple of minutes as Itoua received treatment.

Swallows used the time to make another change, this time bringing on Peter Sekwale in the place of Samuel Ngobeni in the 65th minute.

Jordan then proved what a good signing he could turn out to be for the Birds when he expertly finished with a volley on the turn after the ball had fallen loose in the Royals box from a cross from the left in the 71st minute.

Five minutes later he almost managed to put his team up when Lucas Sebona delivered an excellent cross which the striker met with a powerful header, however keeper Itoua did brilliantly to get his body in the way.

Swallows made their final change in the 82nd minute when Zambian striker Denis Lota was replaced by Alois Ngwerueme.

Jordan then had the chance to become the hero of the day for his team when he found himself only confronted by Itoua, but he dragged his shot horribly wide of the left-hand upright.

The game then went into seven minutes of extra-time. Both teams went searching for the equaliser but were unable to fashion any chances.

Itoua then once again found himself on the receiving end of a nasty challenge from Jordan, who was trying to latch onto a through ball, but his lunge caught the keeper badly on his ankle.

This proved to be the last chance of the game and both teams will be relatively happy with the point gained.

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