Monyai wins it for Swallows
Wednesday March 22 2006
Moroka Swallows defender Tebogo Monyai scored the winner for his team in Castle Premiership action at the Super Stadium on Wednesday evening, with the 'Beautiful Birds' recording a crucial 1-0 victory over SuperSport United.
The former University of Pretoria player, who signed for Swallows during the December transfer window, has now scored his third goal for the Birds this season - a major feat for any full back.
The match started off at a rather slow pace, with most of the play concentrated in the middle of the park.
SuperSport's in-form midfielder, Danie Klaite, nearly took the visitors by suprise when he broke down the left wing and unleashed a left-footed shot - but his effort missed the upright by inches.
The Castle Premiership's joint leading goal-scorer and Swallows' Senegalese striker, Mame Niang, almost opened the 'Birds' account, but his 40th minute header skimmed the bar.
The absence of captain Goodman Mazibuko, who suffered a serious injury during the Castle Premiership match against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, was clearly visible, but stand-in skipper Maimane Phiri did his best to rally Gavin Hunt's charges.
Maimane chose to lead by example as he constantly engineered several attacks, taking several shots at the SuperSport goal on several occasions during the second half.
The former Ajax Cape Town stalwart came very close in the 72nd minute when he received a cross from Edzai Asia, but his effort was not enough to threaten 'Matsatsantsa a Pitori's 'keeper, Calvin Marlin.
In the end, it was not the experience of Phiri, but rather the youth and enthusiasm of Monyai that finally separated the two teams when the defender rose above the home side's defence in the 78th minute to secure all three points for the 'Birds'.
The fifth-placed 'Birds' have now beaten SuperSport twice in the league this season
SuperSport, who once again took to the field without coach Pitso Mosimane on the sidelines, will be looking at maintaining their position within the top eight bracket in their last four league matches.
It is not going to be an easy task, however, as they face formidable opposition in Black Leopards, Dynamos, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.