Swallows fly over Cosmos
Saturday April 22 2006
Moroka Swallows registered their 12th Castle Premiership victory of the season - when they edged out Jomo Cosmos 2-1 at the Herman Immelman Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The absence of coach Jomo Sono on the visitors' bench was clearly felt by the 2005/06 Coca Cola champions.
Sono, who sat in the grandstands, told PSL website journalist, Walter Mabeba, that he had recently suffered a family bereavement and therefore chose to stay away from the bench as a mark of respect. Helman Mkhelele and Colin Tlemo were charged with the responsibility of guiding Cosmos' fortunes on the day.
The match started off at a ferocious pace, as both teams went in search of that all-important early goal.
It was no suprise when Mame Niang scored when he headed home Ashley Opperman's free-kick in the 20th minute.
After the goal, Cosmos exerted tremendous pressure on the home team and their efforts were rewarded in the 35th minute when Anthony Laffor scored to level the score at 1-1.
Three minutes later, Cosmos almost came close to taking the lead, but Bamuza Sono fluffed the chance as he became impatient in front of the Swallows goals. The match resembled a battlefield as Sipho Sephadi and Maimane Phiri fought for domination in the middle of the park.
Swallows coach Gavin Hunt introduced attacker Mark McVeigh for former Florida Atlantic University (USA) player Mark Haskins in the 72nd minute.
With the watching fans having already resigned themselves to a stalemate, Phiri stepped up to strike a 78th minute, powerful free-kick into the far left corner of the Cosmos goals.
The win characterised a season in which the home side has battled hard against many odds - including a long spate of hard hitting injuries - to maintain a respectable fourth spot on the Castle Premiership log.
By Walter Mabeba