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Posted: 17 December 2014 Time: 19:52

Bragging rights were put on ice as Moroka Swallows drew 1-1 with Orlando Pirates in the 'Original Soweto Derby' at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night.

Swallows veteran Siyabonga Nomvete scored a first-half opener against the run of play but Pirates striker Lehlohonolo Majoro equalised in the 77th minute in Soweto.

The game started with slow build-ups, with Eric Tinkler’s men probing for an early opener when defender Happy Jele combined with Mpho Makola down the right flank but Rudi Isaacs managed to clear at the back.

However, for the first time in the Buccaneers’ camp, Kermit Erasmus partnered with Majoro and their combination troubled Fani Madida’s me

In the 15th minute, a long pass by Rooi Mahamutsa found Sifiso Myeni, his first touch was brilliant and his final shot was off target, failing to call Greg Etafia into action.

The match proceeded with both sides being even in the middle of the park, however, in the 34th minute, Lucky Baloyi’s attempt out of the penalty area was redirected by Nomvete to beat Brighton Mhlongo to give the hosts the lead.

Towards the interval, the visitors took the game to Swallows but their efforts to find an equaliser were in vain as Nomvete’s strike separated the two Soweto sides at half-time.

Swallows showed intent at times, defending well and looking good in transition, however, they were let down by their decisions in the final third.

Tinkler introduced Thabo Rakhale in the 62nd minute and his move worked as ‘Jomo’ revived Pirates’ play with his direct moves to the Swallows defence, which created chances for Majoro and Erasmus.

However, in the 77th minute, Rakhale’s pass found Erasmus who placed the ball for Majoro to finish with a neat shot, beating the Nigerian keeper. Just after Majoro’s goal, Helder Pelembe was introduced.

In the dying minutes, Swallows sat at the back and defended too deep, allowing Pirates to come at them, the substitute Rakhale was a nuisance for the Birds and he saw his attempt saved by Etafia on the line.

The Buccaneers desperately went forward in search of a late winner but the Dube Birds fought hard to ensure they bagged four points from Tinkler’s men this season, having won the first League encounter between the teams. 

HOME: Swallows FC

Coach: Fani Madida
Formation: three five two

AWAY: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Eric Tinkler
Formation: four four two

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-12-17 19:32:22

Well done boys rather than losing

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2014-12-17 19:37:43

We should have won this game.....swallows are just lucky with their bus!!!

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2014-12-17 19:39:06

Makola must just sit...........its time for Rakhale.....the boy go forward with purpose. Makola can learn from the young man.

posted: 2014-12-17 19:39:47

Shame....small teams celebrate a draw!!

Ahhh-I forgot,it's too early!!!

kae kapa kae
posted: 2014-12-17 19:40:10

Rats should try to download all formations in to their system of play before they can start winning like other teams.

4-5-1 failed

4-4-2 download failed

4-3-3 download waiting

5-4- 1 download waiting

6-3-1 download waiting 

We told these rats that Roger De Sa gave them a Christmas bonus with 4 fake goals they refused to listen.....now you see the real results....

posted: 2014-12-17 19:42:36

I fail to understand why Tinkler substituted both Majoro and Erasmus, when the tempo was that high, unless if Major was injured,..with Pelembe it was much better BUT Gabuza, aikhona!!!

Anyway congrats to both teams, especially Swallows, they took 4 points from Pirates.

posted: 2014-12-17 19:43:27

Nw my suspicions r stronger. Roger gave away da game to save his friend "tinkler" 's job.

posted: 2014-12-17 19:44:44

Which bus cos l believe the coach should have a plan to bypass the it!!

posted: 2014-12-17 19:45:39

@Treble champ "Super brand"

Rakhale can make things happen,..that split defence pass to Erasmus leading to Majoro's goal,..world class!

posted: 2014-12-17 19:45:41

Khoza please emancipate Bucs from the clutches of clueless coaches

deleted_24758828_deleted_24758828_Super Champ ( As
posted: 2014-12-17 19:45:45

I still don't understand how does this coach think, this loss is on Tinkler's head, just after Majoro scored, Swallows was for a taking, I believe that if he continued with both Major and Erasmus, we would have got the winner because the rhythm was already there with the introduction of Rakhale, introducing 2 strikers that have never played together in a competitive match was catastrophic. Sooner we get a proper coach the better..

posted: 2014-12-17 19:47:33

He he he swallows is our early xmas.  kae?

Once a pirate always a swallow 

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2014-12-17 19:48:44


I agree, we must have a plan to move the bus........but swallows really did well in applying their bus however we managed to open it....they were lucky really......great saves by their keeper as well.

posted: 2014-12-17 19:49:01

Four four to draw, mxm useless old granny...

posted: 2014-12-17 19:49:20

I still don't understand how chiefs let major to go, but I am just a fan I don't know soccer that much

posted: 2014-12-17 19:49:30

It Is Still Early. Where is Lovemore Moyo?

posted: 2014-12-17 19:50:19

Pirates can't attack and defend as a unit 

posted: 2014-12-17 19:50:38

@stan22 he is lazy and full of egos

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2014-12-17 19:50:40

I agree Khosi this boy will go places if he will remain humble and respect the game

posted: 2014-12-17 19:51:22

Swallows held by Rats

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