Moroka Swallows' campaign in the winners section of the Metropolitan under-19 Cup came to an end after they went down 3-2 to Tuks on Sunday morning.
It was a game of high quality between two of the top sides in the tournament and unfortunately for the Birds, who had promised so much with their impressive displays in earlier matches, one of these top sides had to exit the competition at this, the quarter-final stage.
The young Dube Birds twice lead the game, only to see their Pretoria opponents twice equalize before scoring a late penalty winner.
Swallows started well and went in front when Daniel Hlangane broke down the right before brilliantly firing the ball into the far corner from an acute angle in the 27th minute.
Tuks fought back and a period of prolonged pressure ended in Peter Kqbwe gliding into the box and beating goal keeper Brian Ngiba with a well placed shot.
With five minutes gone in the second half, Swallows regained the lead when the impressive Hlangane chased down a route one ball, beat the Tuks keeper to the ball and headed home into an empty net, handing him his fifth goal of the tournament.
The Birds had a number of chances to increase their lead, but they were unable to find the target and paid the price when Tuks equalised through a brilliant 35-yard chip by Dumisani Masikla. .
With the game headed for extra time Swallows were dealt a cruel blow after they conceded a penalty, which George Maluleke took, giving Ngiba no chance.