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No goals at the Rand Stadium 24/03/04
Moroka Swallows and Wits University both fell further behind in the race for the Castle Premiership trophy after the two teams played out to a goalless draw at the Rand Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

There were no clear cut chances in the early stages although Swallows midfielder Marc McVeigh had two long-range speculative efforts, neither of which caused any bother to Wayne Roberts in the Wits goal.

Lungisani Ndlela also had a good chance for Gavin Hunt's men in the 13th minute when he was put into space down the right flank, but the tall marksman blasted his shot well over the crossbar.

In the 20th minute a seemingly harmless ball from Gert Schalkwyk on the right flank found it's way to Charles Yohane in the Swallows box, but the Zimbabwean shot weakly with his right foot and the ball went wide of the target.

In the 26th minute some sloppy defence by the Birds lead to Schalkwyk firing in a well-struck shot, but a brilliant save by Greg Etafia kept the scoreline locked at 0-0.

Two minutes later the Swallows right hand side of the defence, which was without the suspended Peter Petersen, was again exposed and Alois Bunjira crossed to Schalkwyk, who placed the ball just wide of the upright with Etafia struggling to get to the ball.

A skilful run by Bunjira saw him go deep into the Birds box before firing in a shot-cum-cross, but Etafia managed to fist the ball away to safety.

A minute later Student's skipper Yohane had a good chance when the ball fell to him on the edge of the area, but his shot flew into the stands.

The home team were very much on the defensive as the half wore on, although they came close to creating a scoring chance from a counter attack when Dennis Lota attempted to put Edzai Kasinauyo through on goal, but Roberts came off his line just in time.

In the second half Hunt brought on Carlo Scott in the place of Ndlela as he looked for more penertration up front.

Scott came close to repaying his coach's faith in him when he latched on to a long through ball from Albert Kometsi in the 50th minute, but his shot on the run went well wide of Roberts' right-hand upright.

Seven minutes later Gary McNab came to the rescue of his team when he cleared a dangerous cross from Bunjira with two Wits players un-marked in the box.

A well worked set piece by Swallows in the 61st minute saw Kasinauyo flying into the box down the left flank, but the Zimbabweans powerful shot flew just over the goal.

Wits should have taken the lead in the 68th minute following an excellently worked move.

First Ivan Winstanley played a long cross-field ball to Yohane, who in turn fired the ball across goal into the path of Steuart Murisa, whose first time volley flashed across the goal towards Bunjira, who failed to direct the ball into goal from only five yards out.

In the 85th minute substitute Thabang Lebese looked to initiate a goal by playing a one-two with Kometsi on the edge of the area, but his final shot on goal sailed high over the bar.

In the 89th minute there was a moment of high drama when Goodman Mazibuko's back header to Etafia found the keeper outside of his box

It was unclear whether the Nigerian used his hand or head to clear the ball, which fell to Winstanley, whose shot towards an open goal lacked the nessasary accuracy.

In the closing minutes both Scott and Lebese had chances to secure maximum points for the home team, but the former had his shot smothered by Roberts while the latter's shot lacked the power to beat the Clever Boys keeper.

The result would not have gone down well with either manager as it sees both clubs slim title chances fading even further.

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