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Ndlovu Hat-Trick sets up Dynamos win 05/02/05
Sandile Ndlovu celebrated his call-up to Bafana Bafana by grabbing a hat-trick in Dynamos' 3-2 win over Moroka Swallows at the Giyani Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The result sees Dynamos maintain their excellent form , having won their last three matches on the trot, while the Birds will view the result as vital points lost in the Castle Premiership race.

Samuel Ngobeni got a rare start for Swallows, playing in a supporting striking role to Dennis Lota, while Albert Kometsi filled in the vacant right-back position.

The Dube Birds got off to a bright start and in the 4th minute they missed an opportunity to go ahead when the Dynamos defence made a hash of a corner and the ball fell to Ngobeni, whose reflex header from close range went over the bar.

The hosts had their first chance of the game in the 11th minute when defender Rodney Thobejane's header from a corner went just wide of the upright.

In the 18th minute the visitors went in front when Lota controlled Edzai Kasinauyo's cross inside the box before slamming the ball past Arthur Bartman and into the net with his left foot.

In the 30th minute on-form marksman Sandile Ndlovu came close to levelling matters when his volley whistled across the goalmouth.

Ndlovu got another chance to score in the 41st minute and this time he made no mistake as he beat Swallows keeper Greg Etafia to a cross and guided the ball home into an empty net.

The opening stages of the second half were even as both teams attempted to play the game in their opponents half and the action swung from end to end.

The hosts then went in front for the first time, when, in the 60th minute, Ndlovu burst through the heart of the Birds defence and then lifted the ball over the advancing Etafia, who got a touch, but it was not enough to stop the ball from slowly bouncing into the net.

Two minutes later Swallows thought they had grabbed the equaliser, only for Lota's effort to be ruled offsides.

However, in the 65th minute the Soweto club did equalize when Goodman Mazibuko rose well at the back post to header across the Dynamos goal, where Warren Lewis was well positioned to nod home from almost on the goal line.

The game continued to dish up some exhilarating action as neither side took their foot off the pedal, and Dynamos were rewarded for their efforts when Ndlovu headed home for his hat-trick following an excellent cross by Soul Mmethi.

The goal seemed to bring a new found confidence to the 'Dynamites', and in the closing minutes they held siege to the Swallows goal with Innocent Mhlambi and Nicholas Mkhabela both coming close with long range efforts.

Swallows remain in fourth place on the log, while Dynamos also maintain their sixth position.

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