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Birds thrash Matsatsantsa 01/02/04
The long break Moroka Swallows have had from Castle Premiership football seems to have worked to their favour as they came out and thrashed SuperSport United 4-1 at the Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on Sunday afternoon.

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The men to get the goals which helped the Birds leapfrog two positions up the table into fourth place were Dennis Lota (2), Lungisani Ndlela and Samuel Ngobeni.

SuperSport's solitary reply came via the boot of Aubin Takutchie in the 55th minute.

Lota got the ball rolling for Swallows when he scored with his head in the eighth minute. The Zambian marksman then repeated his feat in the 54th minute when he scored again via a header after being left unmarked in the box.

Takutchie gave Matsatsantsa some hope when he pulled a goal back for Pitso Mosimane's men a minute later, but further goals for the Birds from Lungisani Ndlela in the 86th minute and Samuel Ngobeni just before full time ensured that all three points went the way of the Johannesburg team.

The Dube Birds dominated play for most of the game and could actually have won by an even bigger margin had they taken more of their chances.

This would not, however, have bothered coach Gavin Hunt too much as their second victory of the season over United was vital in ensuring that his team keeps pace with the likes of Ajax, Santos and Kaizer Chiefs at the top of the table.

For Mosimane and his men it will be back to the drawing board as this hiding brings to an end their run of four wins and one draw from their last five Premiership outings.

Moroka Swallows' next game is on February 7, when they square up to the Mighty Maulers at the Rand Stadium, while SuperSport's next fixture is a home clash against Golden Arrows on February 14.

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