'Happy' Birds return to Germiston
Saturday April 01 2006
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