Birds edge out Chiefs
Posted: 21 October 2009 Time: 22:11
Moroka Swallows get their second win on the trot against Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Morgan Shivambu opened the scoring for Swallows on 17 minutes. Reneilwe Letsholonyane leveled matters for Chiefs soon after, before Lungisani Ndlela made it 2-1 in the second half.
This was Chiefs' fifth game at the newly renovated Orlando Stadium this season, and they have yet to register a win.
The pitch is in terrible condition; a worry considering the MTN8 Cup Final between Golden Arrows and Ajax Cape Town will be held there on Saturday.
Swallows started the game well, with Sibusiso Khumalo hitting the post in the eight minute, after a defence splitting pass from his captain Lefa Tsutsulupa.
And the South African Under-20 star turned provider for the Birds' opening goal, when Morgan Shivambu had the easy task of hitting home his cross.
Chiefs fought back with a scorching goal from Reneilwe Letsholonyane in the 26th minute that gave keeper Greg Etafia no chance.
But the Birds' Nigerian keeper came to the rescue a minute later, fisting another powerful Letsholonyane's shot from 25 metres over his crossbar.
Amakhosi went all out at the start of the second half, but left their shooting boots in the dressingroom.
Letsholonyane was put through by Tinashe Nengomasha in the 50th minute and, with only Etafia to beat, blasted his close-range shot over the crossbar.
Then Kaizer Motaung Jnr missed two chances within a minute. The first shot in the 57th minute was well saved by Etafia, but a minute later he missed a sitter.
Then Swallows lanky striker Lungisani Ndlela made it 2-1 when he connected substitute Ryan Botha's cross and volleyed home.
Botha was lucky to get away with a lunging two-footed tackle on defender Tshifiwa Mmbooi in the 66th minute, escaping with a talking to from referee Matthew Dyer.
Nhleko missed the sitter of the game in the 85th minute when he struck the crossbar from less than a metre from the goal-line, after a great cross from Letsholonyane, which about summed up the home team's night.