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Persistence pays off for Swallows

Posted: 2 March 2008 Time: 17:40

Moroka Swallows were rewarded for their persistence with a 3-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership on Sunday afternoon.

Celtic had led for 40 minutes of the match after Darryl Smith had opened the scoring toward the end of the first half, but late goals from Patrick Mabedi, Sandile Ndlovu and Maimane Phiri saw the Birds claim a remarkable win that builds on their triumph over Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek.

Celtic almost found an opening in the sixth minute when an overhead kick fell kindly for Ntokozo Sikhakhane, but the midfielder sliced his shot wide of goal.

Six minutes later Lebohang Kukame's control let him down and allowed goalkeeper Greg Etafia to sprint off his line and deny the Celtic striker a great scoring chance after a slick through-ball by Sikhakhane.

Alton Meiring spurned a great chance to give Swallows the lead midway through the first half, shooting straight at keeper Posnett Omony after a superb ball from Japhet Zwane out on the left flank.

Defender Bevan Fransman brought out the best from Omony in the 33rd minute with a rasping drive that forced the Ugandan goal minder into a fine acrobatic save.

Darryl Smith put Celtic ahead with a fine solo effort in the 39th minute, powering his way through from midfield and beating Etafia with a well-placed shot.

Meiring should have given Swallows an immediate reply but he missed an absolute sitter from close range after superb work by Zwane.

Kleinbooi Taaibos and James Chamanga both went close for their respective teams in the dying moments of the first half, but it remained 1-0 in favour of Celtic at half time.

The visitors almost found themselves 2-0 up 11 minutes into the second half when Timothy Batabaire directed a header on target, but Lefa Tsutsulupa did well to turn the ball away.

In the 65th minute Smith almost bagged a second, but his powerful drive from a tight angle was beaten away by Etafia.

Swallows brought themselves back on level terms in the 79th minute when Patrick Mabedi helped Cecil Oersen's free kick into the back of the net.

Ten minutes later Ndlovu put them into a 2-1 lead, firing home from close range after a scramble in the penalty area.

And Phiri wrapped up the scoring deep into injury time, sweeping home a goal on the counter to add insult to injury as far as Celtic were concerned.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:16 pm
This tells us how our fans lack judgement look what is happening now to the beautiful birds after a bad start.Thanks to swallows management for sticking with the coach.Welldone Mr Prins.
posted: 09:28 pm
Celtic showed that they desparately lack ball winners in the midfield. Backline is always under pressure because there is only Maduka who is trying to block the attack from midfield. Jimmy wake-up and rescue the team from free fall. Celtic has got money but no planning.
posted: 07:57 am
Swallows now you are showing them how to run and manage a socer club - thanks to the management for trusting the coach
posted: 07:58 am
Well done Swallows. Its a lesson learned for other big teams. Firing a coach is not a solution. If players are not committed there is nothing you can do as a coach. Look at the guy for Kaizer Chiefs, he missed a penalty. Who is to blame, a coach or a player?
posted: 08:17 am
It is good that Celtics lost the game. Khabo Zondo is too arrogant. How could he substitute Carlo Scott after he came on as a sub. The score was 1- all before Scott got substituted and I think Scott did well when he came on and even had three shots on target. Khabo's post match interview indirectly blamed Scott for the loss but he forgot that swallows scored after his stupid substition. Yes football is an emotional game but to act in such a manner is digraceful a. This kind of behavior is barbaric and can demoralise a player for the whole season. If Scott did not listen to his instruction why did'nt he pull him aside and talk to him. Khabo has no faith in Carlo Scott but opt to use ineffective, lazy Lebohang Kukame in the starting lineup. Remember what made him leave Golden Arrows. ARROGANCE and persistent use of playing only youngsters at the expense of experienced players.
posted: 09:46 am
Well done Swallows, it was exciting game to watch. If you don't concetrate the whole 90 minutes,you will get punished .Celtic must go back to drawing board & played well till Mabedi scored.
posted: 11:38 am
he wena elia, in soccer when we win we praise the players. but if we lose it is the coach's fault. that will always be whether you like it or not. if gorowa loses again he must go. if obua miss another penalty, muhsin must go cos he cant coach to kick penalties.
posted: 12:47 pm
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