Ten-man 'Birds' down Maritzburg
A ten-man Moroka Swallows oufit beat Maritzburg United 3-2 at Germiston Stadium to reclaim their second position in the Castle Premiership standings.
Swallows started the game like men possessed, and it was obvious that Gavin Hunt?s boys intentions were to finish the 2007 PSL season as title runners-up.
The businesslike 'Dube Birds' efforts were rewarded as early as the 10th minute, when a well taken corner by Cecil Oerson was flicked into the path of Rudy Issacs who made no mistake with an easy tap-in.
Swallows continued to attack relentlessly, and two minutes after their first goal United's keeper, Aime Kitenge, brought down Songwe Chalwe inside the box, and middle man, Ace Ngcobo never hesitated in awarding Swallows a penalty. Songwe Chalwe made no mistake from the resultant spot kick, giving the 'Birds' their second goal of the day.
Gavin Hunt?s lads further emphasized their superiority over the coastal side when Japhet Zwane scored with a blistering shot in the 24th minute, leaving Kitenge with the task of picking the ball from the back of the net for the third time.
However, Mlungisi Ngubane?s team managed to pull one back in the 31st minute. The goal was a result of a well taken free kick just on the edge of the box by Onismor Bhasera.
One minute before halftime, referee Ace Ngcobo stamped his authority on the field when he red-carded Swallows strong man, George Hummel, for elbowing a United player.
The half time score was 3-1.
The second half was a half of missed chances, as Swallows tried to increase their tally, and United trying to level matters.
Swallows could have increased their tally to four, but after a good move initiated by Tshweu Mokoro in the 76th minute, the lanky Hendricko Botes fluffed a golden opportunity.
However, Maritzburg United gave Swallows their biggest scare of the day when they scored their second goal in the 81st minute in the shape of Luntu Mazana, after Swallows keeper, Greg Etafia failed to communicate with his defenders.
After the goal, Maritzburg United piled on the pressure, but it was a little too late for them to grab an equalizer as the 'Birds' hanged on to their lead until the final whistle.
Moroka Swallows (4-4-2): Greg Etafia, Bevan Fransman, George Hummel, Songwe Chalwe (Sibusiso Dlamini 17), Mark Haskins, Rudy Isaacs, Lovers Mohlala, Tshweu Mokoro, Cecil Oerson, Japhet Zwane. Hendricko Botes.
Coach: Gavin Hunt
Maritzburg United (4-5-1): Aime Kitenge, Mark Mcveigh, Onismor Bhasera, Edward Malinga, Ivan Winstanley, Bradley August, Luntu Mazana, Enver Wiltner, David Makgale (Kabamba Musasa 46), Fadlu Davids, Graham King (Sandile Ndlovu 24).
Coach: Mlungisi Ngubane