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SuperSport edge out Swallows


SuperSport United overcame another Soweto-based team when they beat Moroka Swallows 1-0 in a Castle Premiership match played at Super Stadium on Wednesday evening.

United played their usual running game and the visiting Swallows defended deep in the early stages of the first half, with United's Alfred Phiri and Sibusiso Mahlangu and Swallows' Lefa Tsutsulupa and Cecil Orsen battling it out for possession in the midfield.

In the 31st minute, Swallows caught United napping at the back when Oerson crossed for Mame Niang, but the lanky - and normally deadly - striker mistimed his jump and could not finish the textbook play, with the first half ending at 0-0.

It was a more enterprising second half and Swallows came close in the 50th minute after a quick counter-attack by the 'Birds'. But striker Songwe Chalwe did not control Henrico Botes' low cross much to the dismay of 'Birds' coach Gavin Hunt.

United turned things around after Chalwe's near miss and they, in fact, went ahead in the 51st minute through Katlego Mphela's fine finish.

Soon afterwards, good work on the left from Mphela's partner up front, James Chamanga, saw him him dribble his way into the 'Birds' 18-yard area, but 'Birds' goalkeeper Greg Etafia came off his line early forcing the striker to cross.

United could have doubled the lead after Teko Modise's through-ball found Chamanga - who was now on the right flank - and the striker dribbled passed Lovers Mohlala but he then shot straight at Etafia.

Niang did well in the air to flick Mark Haskins' cross in the 67th minute, but there was no Swallows player in the area for the follow-up. Gunning for the equaliser, Swallows defender Mohlala overlapped and crossed, but Evans Gwekwerere's header flew across the face of goal for a goal kick.

Chamanga was again guilty of poor finishing after he kicked wide from inside the Swallows six-yard area from Katlego Mashego's low cross when he had the 'keeper at his mercy, allowing United maximum points as they moved up to third position in the Castle Premiership standings.

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Sunday, January 20
Castle Premiership

Pirates v Sallows 
Kick-off: 3.45pm
Venue: Ellis Park

January 14
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 10
Castle Premiership
Lost 0-1 v Supersport
Venue:
 Loftus Stadium

Sunday, January 7
Castle Premiership
Draw 2-2 v Leopards
Venue:
Germiston Stadium

Wednesday, December 20
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v AmaZulu
Venue: Princess Magogo

POLL
Which areas need reinforcement at Swallows?

Strike force
 38%
Midfield
 8%
Defence
 54%