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Birds go down to SuperSport


Unlucky Moroka Swallows will be going back to the drawing board after they were beaten 4-2 by SuperSport United at the Super Stadium on Saturday night.

Swallows started the game the better of the two sides, and Cecil Oerson should have put the Birds ahead in the 3rd minute but his header went wide of goal.

Swallows defender James Mayinga came close to penning his name on the scoresheet three minutes later, but his long-range effort went just wide of Andre Arendse's goal. Arendse was again called into action in the 18th minute and pulled off an acrobatic one-handed save to keep out a rasping shot from Oerson.

The Dube Birds kept up the pressure on the home side with Sandile Ndlovu forcing a save from Arendse midway through the first half while Evans Gwekwerere will be kicking himself for missing a sitter with just the 'keeper to beat in the 27th minute.

SuperSport were on the backfoot for the remainder of the half and both teams came out attacking in the second half, and Greg Etafia did well to keep out SuperSport striker Fikru Tefera's shot in the 53rd minute.

Swallows opened the scoring on the hour mark when Ndlovu raced to meet a weighted pass from Japhet Zwane at the far post and slotted it past Arendse.

SuperSport reacted immediately and equalised a minute later through Katlego Mashego.

The Soweto side continued to threaten and regained the lead in the 66th minute when Mark Haskins latched on to a flick from Gwekwerere and buried the ball in the SuperSport goal, leaving Arendse no chance.

Swallows fans had their celebrations cut short minutes later when SuperSport were awarded a dubious penalty after Edward Malinga was adjudged to have brought down Mashego in the penalty area. Mashego stepped up and calmly converted the spot-kick which proved to be the turning point in the match.

Mashego then capitalised on a lapse of concentration by Swallows to get behind the defence and complete his hat-trick in the 70th minute and scored his fourth deep into injury time..



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May 10
Absa Premiership
SuperSport v Swallows
Venue: Super Stadium
KO: 3pm

May?14
Absa Premiership
AmaZulu v Swallows
Venue: Princess Magogo
KO: 3pm

May 18
Absa Premiership
Swallows v Wits
Venue: Germiston
KO: 3pm

April?30
Absa Premiership
Won 3-1 v?FS Stars
Venue: Germiston

April?21
Absa Premiership
Lost 0-1?v P Stars
Venue: Olympia Park

April?13
Absa Premiership
Won 2-1?v Ajax CT
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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Absa Premiership
Lost 1-3 v Chiefs
Venue: Olympia Park

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Nedbank Cup
Lost?1-3 v Santos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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