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Supersport crush hapless Swallows 19/08/05
Supersport United have beaten Moroka Swallows 3-1 in the SAA Supa 8 quarterfinal at the Germiston Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Supersport were deserving winners in an encounter which they dominated right from the first whistle.

They could have taken the lead in the first minute when Lungisani Ndlela was through on goal but fired his shot straight at goalkeeper Conrad Hendricks.

In the 8th minute, Ndlela was beyond the Birds defence again and rounded Hendricks before firing his shot into the sidenetting.

The Pretoria-based outfit dominated the opening exchanges and were desperately unlucky to be behind when Henrico Botes opening the scoring against the run of play in the 22nd minute.

Mark McVeigh mishit his shot from the right and Botes improvised well with a cheeky backheel to send the  ball past Calvin Marlin into the back of the net.

But Supersport responded well and continued to press forward and it came as no surprise when Daine Klate  levelled matters in the 39th minute.

He picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and fired in a shot which took a bad bounce before beating Hendricks in the Swallows goal, who perhaps should have done better.

The Birds were lucky to be level at half-time and the match remained deadlocked throughout much of the second half.

Supersport, however, continued to maintain the upper hand and took the lead for the first time when Tony Tsabedze found the back of the net in the 80th minute.

A cross from the right fell at Tsabedze's feet and he made no mistake with an excellent left-footed half-volley finish.

Just three minutes later, Supersport put the game beyond doubt when former Swallows favourite Ndlela flicked the ball beyond Hendricks for his team's third goal.

It could have been worse for the Birds had United not been so wasteful in front of goal, with the home team disappointing in front of their passionate supporters.

Supersport are now through to the semifinals of the lucrative competition but for Swallows, it is back to the drawing board after their thrid successive defeat.

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