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'Birds' fly past Arrows


Moroka Swallows bounced back to winning ways after beating Golden Arrows 1-0 in a Castle Premiership match at Germiston Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The 'Beautiful Birds' match-winner was scored by defender George Hummel.

The lanky Namibian international defender connected brilliantly with Japhet Zwane's well taken free-kick in the 10th minute to give his team a resounding victory.

The 'Birds' dominated the proceedings from start to finish and should have won the match by at least three goals, but luck deserted them yet again when they needed it most.

Evans Gwekwerere, Lovers Mohlala and Japhet Zwane had chances to score for the 'Birds', but lack of composure in front of goals was their downfall.

Zwane missed the easiest of chances when he failed to score while Arrows 'keeper Brendan Wardle was in no-man's land following a goal-mouth scramble.

For Arrows, Mabhuti Khanyeza was unlucky not to grab an equaliser when his shot slipped through Greg Etafia hands and hit the upright in the 74th minute.

Coach Gavin Hunt was happy with the win, but admitted that there is a lot to be done especially upfront where the team fails to score goals.

Speaking during the post-match interview, Hunt said: "It's frustrating to see the team creating so many goal-scoring opportunities, but failing to convert them.  Our finishing is still a major problem, but I must keep on believing that the guys will get it right soon."

Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi said: "Swallows deserved to win this match because they were the better team. My players looked tired and they failed to match Swallows. The results were a true reflection of the game."

Swallows' next league match is against BidVest Wits on Sunday, March 11.

The teams:

Swallows (4-4-2): Greg Etafia, Rudi Isaacs, Lovers Mohlala, George Hummel, Patrick Mabedi, Lefa Tsutsulupa, Mark Haskins, Japhet Zwane (Bongani Mbele 76) , Cecil Oerson, Evan Gwekwerere (Songwe Chalwe 59), Henrico Botes (Mame Niang 82).

Arrows (4-4-1-1): Brendan Wardle, Siyabonga Sangweni,  Kampamba Chintu, Joseph Henyekane, Sakhile Mhlangu (Nhlanhla Zothwane 75), Kagiso Dikgacoi, Vusimuzi Vilakazi (Ntombela 46),  Thanduyise Khuboni, Sehlolo Nale, Nhlanhla Ngubane (Norman Smith 46), Mabhuti Khanyeza.

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For more information please visit
www.vw.co.za
Sunday, March 11
Castle Premiership:
Wits v Swallows
Kick-off: 3.45pm
Venue: Bidvest Stadium

March 3
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v Arrows
Venue: Germiston Stadium

February 24
Absa Cup
Lost 0-2 v Pirates
Venue: Olen Park

February 17
Castle Premiership
Lost 0-1 v Sundowns
Venue: Loftus Stadium

February 11
Castle Premiership
Won 2-0 v Ajax CT
Venue: Germiston

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