Tuks Come Back from Behind to Beat Birds

University of Pretoria (1) 2 (Massa 42’, Kekana 72’)
Moroka Swallows (1) 1 (Da Costa 35’)

University of Pretoria came back from a goal down to register a 2-1 win over Moroka Swallows at the Tuks Rugby Stadium on Tuesday night.

Roger Da Costa opened the scoring for Swallows but goals from Geoffrey Massa and Grant Kekana saw AmaTuks walking away with maximum points.

After a cautious start to the game it was the visitors who fired the first warning shot in the 16th minute when Felix Obada was offered space to shoot outside the box, but his shot flew just wide of goal.

A minute later it was the home side who threatened from a corner when Grant Kekana nodded the ball across to an unmarked Tebogo Monyai, but the captain headed the ball over the crossbar.

The Dube Birds made use of their opportunity in the 35th minute when Da Costa rose highest to meet a corner from Lefa Tsutsulupa before beating Washington Arubi with a thumping header.

Seven minutes later Thabo Mnyamane saw his shot blocked by Larry Cohen but the ball fell kindly for Massa on the left side of the box, who finished with an overhead kick into the bottom right corner.

Swallows threatened to restore their lead ten minutes into the second half when Vuyisile Wana beat Junior Sibande on the right before crossing the ball towards Obada in the box, but he sent his header wide of the target.

Zeca Marques side had another opportunity from a setpiece in the 66th minute when Tsutsulupa’s freekick was flicked on by Siyabonga Nomvethe, but Arubi was alert enough to make a comfortable save at the near post.

AmaTuks took the lead for the first time in the 72nd minute when Kekana made a late run at the near post to head home from Khethukuthula Zwane’s corner.

Swallows almost snatched an equaliser deep into added time but Obada saw his low shot saved by Arubi, before Edward Manqele sent an effort just wide of the target as AmaTuks held on for the win.

The win moves AmaTuks up to 10th place with 31 points from 26 points, while Swallows are down in 13th place with 30 points from 26 matches.

Moroka Swallows:

Etafia, Isaacs, Da Costa, Cohen, Mapemba, Mbekile, Tsutsulupa, Nergadze, Wana (Chabangu 74’), Nomvethe (Manqele 79’), Obada.

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