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Swallows through to semi-finals 18/11/04
Moroka Swallows advanced to the semifinals of the Coca-Cola Cup competition following their 2-0 win over Black Leopards at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Thursday evening.

Lungisani Ndlela handed the Birds an early lead, with winger Mark McVeigh adding a second from close range.

Swallows started the match the better of the two sides and need just two minutes to open the scoring when McVeigh curled in a free-kick to the near post, where striker Denis Lota flicked the ball to the far post for Ndlela to slide the ball home.

Gavin Hunt's side continued pushing forward, with Leopards struggling with the pace of the match.

The Birds constantly exposed Lidoda Duvha's left-back to penetrate the Leopards defence.

It was on one such foray down the left that Swallows doubled their lead when midfielder Maimane Phiri played a defence-splitting pass to Innocent Chikoya, who put in a good cross for McVeigh to side-foot the ball home from close range.

The visitors continued their attacking style of play and were unlucky not to have added to the scoreline before the break.

Leopards thought they pulled one back minutes before the interval when Rudzani Ramudzuli hit the back of the net, but he was adjudged offside by the referee's assistant.

The home side started the second half in much better shape, but were unable to penetrate a solid Swallows defence, which was superbly marshalled by Mohammed Ouseb.

Swallows, in turn continued pushing forward until midway through the half, when they started to sit back and let the opposition come onto them.

However, with most of the Birds players behind the ball at all times, Leopards were forced to play balls over the top, which played right into their opposition's hands.

Despite a frantic final 15 minutes where Leopards threatened to score, Swallows were able to hold on to become the first team to advance to the semi-finals.

 

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