Swallows go down to Santos

Santos consolidated their top-eight Castle Premiership status when they beat Moroka Swallows 1-0 at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.

This was Swallows' second loss to Santos in as many weeks - after the Capetonians also knocked them out of the ABSA Cup.

'The Peoples' team came close to scoring in the 23rd minute when in-form Botswana international Dipsey Selolwane took a blistering shot at the 'Beautiful Birds' goal, but his attempt was well saved by goalkeeper Greg Etafia.

The home side started the second half the better team and this was clearly reflected when Romano Scott scored with a good left-footed shot in the 47th minute.

Swallows could have levelled matters in the 76th minute, but the club's leading goal-scorer, Mame Niang, wasted an excellent opportunity after being played clear by former Avendale Athletico and Ajax defender, Ashley Opperman.

Dangerman Marawaan Bantam almost added his name to the Santos tally afterwards, but he fired his shot just wide of the upright.

The second half was characterised by injuries and little ball control by both teams.

Swallows remain fourth on the log, despite this loss, which still makes them the dark-horses in the race for the coveted Castle Premiership title.

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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

How far will Swallows finish this season
First position
Top three
Top eight