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Moroka Swallows have moved to seventh in the Absa Premiership standings after beating Black Leopards 3-1 in Thohoyandou on Wednesday afternoon.

Swallows have now won their last three games and have found the back of the net nine times in the process.

'The Dube Birds' dominated play in the first half, and made their intentions clear in the opening minutes when Sandile Ndlovu's long distance effort went just wide of Mashudu Mamphitha's goal.

However, it was the home side that opened the scoring in scorching conditions in the 12th minute. Mulondo Sikhwivhilu latched on to a long ball from Peter Mponda and cooly slotted it past Greg Etafia.

Sikhwivhilu came close to adding a second just four minutes later, but his well-struck shot hit the bar.

James Chamanga came close to extending his tally as the Absa Premierships' top goal-scorer in the 42nd minute, but Mamphitha did well to parry his shot out for a corner, which eventually led to Swallows' equaliser.

Defender Bevan Fransman met Cecil Oersen's corner at the far-post and his header beat the Leopards 'keeper to ensure the teams went into the break on level terms.

The home side created the first chance of the second half just minutes after the restart, but Robert Ng'ambi headed Jabu Maluleke's cross over the bar.

Leopards had several more chances in the second half, but poor finishing meant the game was locked in a stalemate until Chamanga put Swallows in the lead in the 69th minute.

The Zambian striker netted his 13th goal of the 2007/08 season with a fine shot after he received a pass from Oersen on the edge of the Leopards penalty area.

Substitute Evans Gwekwerere sealed the valuable three points for Swallows ten minutes later. The midfielder reacted quickly to steer the ball past Mamphitha on the second attempt after the 'keeper saved his initial shot.

The teams:

Black Leopards: Mamphitha, Ramavhale, Mponda, Lubanzadio, Toromba, Maluleke (Shongwe 79), Mulaudzi, Ng'ambi (Hlalele 79), Sikhwivhilu, Kondowe, Ramulondi (Dlamini 46).

Moroka Swallows: Etafia, Fransman, Kobola, Mayinga, Mazibuko, Haskins (Phiri 80'), Oersen, Tsutsulupa, Zwane (Mokoro 75), Ndlovu (Gwekwerere 67), Chamanga.



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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

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

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