Second half goals by Ashraf Hendricks and substitute Lerato Chabangu were enough to hand Moroka Swallows their first three points in 2015 as they defeated Free State Stars 2-1 on Wednesday night at Dobsonville Stadium.
The win leaves Fani Madida’s men at position 15 with 19 points on the Absa Premiership log standings while Kinnah Phiri’s men remain at position 13 with 22 points.
Both sides started the match with intensity as they moved forward but it was the battle between defender Rudi Isaacs and Richard Henyekane which caught attention of the referee.
In the 13th minute Shere Lekgothoane sent a cross over to find Luvhengo Mungomeni but his header went wide.
Although the first-half didn’t produce enough chances to give either side a lead, Mungomeni’s cross in the 45th minute met Ashraf Hendricks who could not trouble goalkeeper Johnny Mathole and headed to the left of net.
Both sides headed to the tunnel tied at 0-0, but the second half saw the Bethlehem side finding the net when a header by Mbuyiselo Thethani hit the post and the ball landed in Moeketsi Sekola’s path who slotted the ball with his right foot.
The hosts never gave up and surged forward in search of an equaliser, and they were rewarded in the 70th minute when defender Hendricks headed the ball into the goal assisted by Larry Cohen to level matters.
Madida introduced Lerato Chabangu hoping that 'All You Need Is Love' will turn the tables for him and give him the first three points in 2015, and his gambling paid off in the 91st minute when he scored from a direct free-kick to seal the win for the home side.
Moroka Swallows: (0) 2 (Hendricks 70’, Chabangu 91’)
Free State Stars: (0) 1 (Sekola 51’)
Moroka Swallows: Etafia, Mungomeni, Isaacs, Savic, Cohen, Mandic, Hendricks, Baloyi, Lekgothoane (Nomvethe 45’), Cele, Obada (Tsutsulupa 53’)
Free State Stars: Mathole, Mkhwanazi, Thlone, Cardoso, Mabunda (Kerspuy 55’), Tshabalala, Masehe, Venter, Henyekane (Bester 81’), Thethani, Sekola
* Report courtesy of www.supersport.com *