'Rabbits' hold 'Birds' to goalless draw

Newcomers Benoni Premier United once again showed that they were no pushovers when they held Moroka Swallows to a 0-0 draw at the Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Swallows could've wrapped it up in the first half, but it looked as if the usually potent Mame Niang had left his scoring boots at home.The 2005/06 Castle Premiership top goal-scorer fluffed glorious chances in the 17th, 20th and 31st minute.

Premier United were impressive when making forward forays, more especially when Brain Kgafane and July Mahlangu were in possession. Benoni's Sibusiso Zwane was sent off in the 38th minute after receiving a second yellow card.

The ten-men 'Rabbits' could have opened their account in the 40th minute, but Katlego Loke chose to shoot wide with the opposition's keeper Greg Etafia at his mercy.

The end of the first half was characterised by a spate of rough play from both sides.

The beginning of the second half saw a change of strategy from the side of the 'Beautiful Birds' as they introduced 'Captain Fantastic' Goodman Mazibuko for George Hummel.

Mazibuko did not disappoint as he performed his midfield anchorman role with the usual distinction he gives in the maroon and white 60th anniversary Swallows jersey.

Swallows continued to search for that elusive opener, but Lefa Tsutsulupa and Patrick Thwala's impressive build-up play was wasted by wayward shooting from Niang and Evans Gwegwekerere.

Both strikers seemed to have run out of ideas.

It was not all Swallows though as the newly-promoted Stars looked dangerous on a number of occasions deep in the second half..

The match ended with neither side finding the back of the net. It is very clear that both sides will need to work hard at bringing some improvement to their striking forces if they want to make a serious mark in the Catle Premiership this season.

Benoni Premier Utd (0) 0        Moroka Swallows (0) 0
Moroka Swallows: Booked: Hummel, Thwala.

By Walter Mabeba

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Sunday, September 24
SAA Supa 8 Semi-final
Swallows v Kaizer Chiefs
Venue: ABSA Stadium

Saturday, September 30
Castle Premiership
Ajax v Moroka Swallows
Venue: Newlands Stadium

Sunday, October 15
Castle Premiership
Moroka Swallows v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, October 22
Castle Premiership
Arrows v Moroka Swallows
Venue: King Zwelithini

Sunday, September 17
Castle Premiership
0-0 vs Benoni P. United
Venue: Meadowlands Stadium

Wednesday, September 13
Castle Premiership (POSTPONED)
Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, September 10
Castle Premiership
1-0 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Saturday, August 26
Castle Premiership
0-2 vs Black Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Sunday, August 20
SAA Supa 8 Q/F
2-1 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Will Moroka Swallows win the SAA Supa 8?