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'Happy' Birds return to Germiston


An injury-hit Moroka Swallows outfit made a happy return to Germiston on Saturday afternoon - beating Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in a Castle Premiership match at Herman Immelman Stadium.

It was Senegalese striker Mame Niang, who headed the 'Birds' to glory in the last minute of the first half, this after the 'Birds' should have taken an early lead in the second minute of the match - only for Tebogo Monyai to send his header wide.

Niang then missed a sitter in the 10th minute when he shot wide, after receiving a superb pass from Henrico Bote and Celtic striker Moses Spandeel also missed a sitter just three minutes later.

Abram Nteo had a chance to put Celtic in the lead in the 25th minute, but he over-hit his shot, after rounding Birds 'keeper Greg Etafia. The self-same Etafia then produced a brilliant save to deny Siyabonga Nkosi a goal in the 40th minute, with half-time fast approaching.

Celtic were to rue the missed chances five minutes later as Niang scored with a header from Lefa Tsutsulupa's cross, and the score was 1-0 to the 'Birds' at half-time.

Edzai Kasinauyo had a chance to double Swallows' lead in the 12th minute of the second half, but he took a tame shot that Celtic 'keeper Postnett Omony collected with ease.

'Phunya Sele Sele' almost found an equaliser in the 87th minute, but Jorry Merahe shot wide. As if that was not enough, Timothy Batabaire also saw his header going over the bar just one minute later.

Swallows managed to hang onto the slender lead until the final whistle and in the process saw themselves move up to fourth position on the Castle Premiership standings.

By Patrick Zikalala

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Wednesday, November 8
Castle Premiership
Swallows v BidVest Wits
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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

Wednesday, November 22
Telkom Knockout
Ajax Cape Town v Swallows
Venue: Greenpoint Stadium

Sunday, November 5
Telkom Knockout
1-2 v BP United
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, October 22
Castle Premiership
1-0 v Arrows
Venue: King Zwelithini

Sunday, October 15
Castle Premiership
1-2 v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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How far will Swallows finish this season
First position
30%
Top three
21%
Top eight
49%