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Swallows bow out of the ABSA Cup


Santos moved into the last eight of the 2005/06 ABSA Cup with a narrow and hard-fought 2-1 win over Moroka Swallows on Sunday.

It was a fairly quiet first half in which Moroka Swallows had most of the chances.

Swallows wasted a golden opportunity when Mame Niang crossed the ball into the box for Maimane Phiri for a one-on-one with the 'keeper.

Phiri could only put the ball over the bar...

It was Swallows who threatened again in the 28th minute with Innocent Chikoya's shot cleared off the line.

It remained fairly even in the second half until the 62nd minute when Edzai Kasinauyo squandered a header over the bar.

From then on you could see that Santos were looking to penetrate the Swallows defence and they were rewarded in the 65th minute when Dipsy Selolwane played the ball outside of the box for Marwaan Bantam to put a long-range shot into the back of the net.

Ten minutes later Bantam played a great cross into the box, only for Selolwane to put the 50/50 chance over the bar.

But the Birds were rewarded for their efforts and levelled the game when Niang pounced onto a rebound from Edzai Kasinauyo's shot.

Three minutes later Bantam could have put Santos back in front, his long-distance effort was saved by Swallows keeper Greg Etafia.

Ruben Cloete finally put a pass into the box for Selolwane in the 87th minute, with the latter slotting the ball home to swing the game into Santos' favour at 2-1.

The score remained at 2-1 to see Santos through to the next round of the 2005/06 ABSA Cup.

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Swallows v BidVest Wits
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Saturday, November 11
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Kaizer Chiefs v Swallows
Venue: FNB Stadium

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Venue: King Zwelithini

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1-2 v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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