Moroka Swallows (1) 2 (Cohen 40’, Wana 62’)
Mpumalanga Black Aces (2) 3 (Nale 25’, Adusei 45’, Ngalo 60’)
Mpumalanga Black Aces picked up their third win of the Absa Premiership season in a five-goal thriller that saw them beat Moroka Swallows 3-2 at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Saturday afternoon.
Aces started very positively and had their first effort on goal in the fifth minute when Mabhuti Kenyeza let fly with a fierce shot form the edge of the box, but the Swallows keeper made great save.
The away side continued to apply the pressure and were rewarded for their efforts in the 25th minute when Abia Nale found the back of the net for Aces with a clinical finish from just inside the box.
Swallows came into the game after going a goal behind, but their passing in the final third was poor and saw them unable to fashion any decent scoring chances until Larry Cohen levelled matters five minutes before the break.
Cohen found his maiden goal for the Birds after turning home a Dikgang Mabalane corner to level the scores at 1-1.
Parity only lasted five minutes when Aces re-took the lead on the stroke of halftime after Kwabena Adusei headed home an Onyekachi Okonkwo corner-kick.
The second half saw Aces taking control of the game and they found their third goal on the hour mark.
It was a nice training ground routine from a set-piece which saw Eddie Ngalo heading home an Okonkwo delivery.
The game, however, was certainly not over as a contest as Swallows pulled a goal back two minutes later after a long-range thunderbolt from Vuyisile Wana found the corner of the net to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
The last 25 minutes of the game saw Swallows on the attack, but they struggled to break down a stubborn Aces defensive line as the team from Mpumalanga held on for the win.
The win sees Aces up to 12 points from eight league games while Swallows have nine points to their name.
Moroka Swallows (4231):
Baloyi, Isaacs, Cohen, Giuricich;
Mandic (Sibande 66’), Phalane;
Mabalane, Dos Santos (Chabangu 49’), Nomvethe (Wana 56’);
Black Aces (442):
Mampuru, Gumede, Adusei, Nonyane;
Okonkwo (Negomashe 81’), Tukane, Ngalo, Nale (Jayiya 88’);
Khenyeza (Mbesuma 64’), Ndoro.