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Birds forced to settle for draw



As the saying goes, 'almost doesn’t count' - that was the case for the Birds as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with the University of Pretoria on Wednesday night.

Moroka Swallows made their intentions clear early on as they stretched the Tuks defence to find gaps to exploit.

The noisy student contingent on the stands at the Tuks Stadium gasped for air when they watched Katlego Mashego meet Rudi Isaacs' delightful chip with a crisp volley, but were relieved to see it rebound off the post.

Not longer after that the Birds found the goal they were searching for, when Siyabonga Nomvethe broke clean through and bent the ball around the advancing Washington Arubi.

Greg Etafia was to thank for the Birds' 1-0 half-time lead, as he put his body on the line to deny Aubrey Ngoma - who had managed to turn past Roger da Costa.

The second half was much the same, as the Birds pushed for a two-goal cushion, with Nomvethe continuing to be a thorn in the side of the Tuks defence.

With no breakthrough in sight for the Birds, anchorman Giorgi Nergadze took matters into his own hands with a solid strike from range but the Tuks 'keeper managed to get a hand on it.

Meanwhile, Etafia proved his worth yet again, staying on his feet to block another Tuks attempt from close-range.

However, in the dying moments of the match, the hosts leveled matters when Thabo Mosadi converted a rebound in the crowded box.

With the Birds deflated somewhat, Tuks had one last try but Mame Niang could not keep his header down with Da Costa challenging him in the air and the sides shared the spoils.




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