Fri, 07 Mar 2008
Stars aligning for Swallows? ........ Gorowa - 'Be careful of Thanda' ........ Injury Time' with Dr E - 07/03/2008 ........ VW help the 'Beautiful Birds' ........ 'Birds' fly over Leopards ........ 'We are not favourites yet!' ........
Unlucky 'Birds' go down to Arrows

It was a fairly balanced game with both teams enjoying their share of possession, but the goal-scoring opportunities were few and far between.

Swallows? only chance of the first half fell to Alton Meiring, whose speculative volley from outside the box flew high over the cross-bar.

'Abafana Bes'Thende' winger Maurizio Pequenino had the best chance of the half in the 40th minute, but his angled shot from close-range was well saved by 'Birds' goalkeeper Greg Etafia.

The 'Beautiful Birds' started the second half brightly, with Songwe Chalwe coming close to scoring when he burst through the Arrows defence, but he shot narrowly wide of goal.

Shortly thereafter, Etafia did well to keep the score level, pulling off excellent saves to deny Pequenino and then Papi Zothwane.

Arrows were then reduced to 10 men when Dikgacoi was handed his second yellow card.

With the game only a few minutes from completion, Arrows were awarded a soft penalty when Ramahlwe Mphahlele was adjudged to have fouled Thokazani Mshengu in the box.

Vusumuzi Vilakazi made no mistake from the spot in the 91st minute, sending Swallows 'keeper Etafia the wrong way and thereby earning all three points for the KZN side.


Golden Arrows: Maseko, Musonda, Ratsoana, Zothwane (Gopane 80), Khuboni (Vilakazi 55), Bilankulu, Shange, Dikgacoi, Pequenino, Nale (Mshengu 68), Sangweni

Moroka Swallows: Etafia, Mphahlele, Fransman, Mabedi, Mayinga, Mazibuko, Tsutsulupa, Zwane (Mokoro 72), Chalwe (Ndlovu 82), Chamanga, Meiring (Gwekwerere 59).

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March 9
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Thanda
Venue: Olen Park
KO: 3.30pm

March 15
Nedbank Cup
Swallows v African Warriors
Venue: Germiston Stadium
KO: 8pm

March 23
Absa Premiership
Cosmos v Swallows
Venue: Mehlareng Stadium
KO: 3.30pm

March 5
Absa Premiership
Won 3-1 v Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

March 2
Absa Premiership
Won 3-1 v Celtic
Venue: Johannesburg Stadium

February 27
Absa Premiership:
Won 3-1 v Sundowns
Venue: Loftus Stadium

February 23
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-1 v Arrows
Venue: King Zwelithini

What did you think of Swallows' performance against Platinum Stars?

The guys were marvellous!
Very good indeed
We need more peformances like this one