Premier Soccer League Moroka Swallows Ajax Cape Town
Posted: 3 December 2014 Time: 18:20
Veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvete was on target as Moroka Swallows drew 1-1 with Ajax Cape Town in Soweto on Wednesday night.
After a goalless opening half, Nomvete's strike was cancelled out by Ajax winger Franklin Cale at Dobsonville Stadium.
The result leaves the second-placed Urban Warriors 11 points behind Chiefs, while the Dube Birds remain at position 13 with 14 points.
A 74th minute strike by Nomvete gave the hosts the lead after a brilliant assist by Felix Obada. However, two minutes later, Cale ensured the visitors got something out of the game.
Although the first half wasn’t as electrifying as it was expected to be, Swallows were the first side to attack as Nomvete attempted to play a cross into the box as early as the sixth minute, but did not trouble Anssi Jaakkola.
After 30 minutes of play, Swallows moved forward looking for an opener through Lerato Chabangu, but his effort lacked power to trouble Jaakkola.
The Birds were reckless in their half as they committed a number of fouls, but the visitors could not capitalise on that, and in the 43rd minute, Larry Cohen fouled Thabiso Nkwana and Roger de Sa’s side fumbled.
The first stanza did not produce goals and with 15 minutes into the second half, Tashreeq Morris managed to get a chance to score but his shot went wide.
However, the experienced Nomvete headed home in the 74th minute after a great assist from substitute Obada, giving Fani Madida’s men the desired lead.
The celebration didn’t last long though, as Morris provided Cale with a pass to slot home with his left foot to level matters two minutes later.
Just like the first 45 minutes of the match, the second half failed to produce clear scoring opportunities. Swallows introduced Vuyisile Wana and he tried to unleash a shot, but it went wide in the 90th minute, which was a golden chance to take the three points.
In the dying minutes of the match, both sides lacked creativity on the night as they shared the points.
HOME: Moroka Swallows
Coach: Fani Madida
Formation: four three three
AWAY: Ajax Cape Town
Coach: Roger de Sa
Formation: four two three one