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Moroka Swallows beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0

Posted: 16 March 2011 Time: 21:36

A goal from Siyabonga Nomvete handed Moroka Swallows the win against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night.

The goal ended Bloemfontein Celtic’s 14 game unbeaten run in the League.

Both sides struggled to find a decent pass in the final third of the field and their shots were poor.

The game did start quite brightly, however, as Celtic’s Thokozani Mshengu let rip from about 25-yards out, but his effort sailed wide of the target.

Three minutes later and the Birds were on the attack. Cheick Cisse rose highest to meet a cross, but his header from 12 yards out was a poor one and comfortably saved by Patrick Tignyemb.

Despite the game lacking much goalmouth action, there was plenty of tough tackling going on in the midfield.

Swallows’ Giorgi Nergadze, unfortunately, paid for the toughness of the game when he was replaced in the 27th minute by Ashraf Hendricks due to an injury.

The final attempt on goal in the first half came in the 35th minute and was another long-range shot from Machapa, but this time he forced Tignyemb into a fine save diving full stretch to his left to make the fingertip save.

The second half was much the same, until Luyanda Bacela brought the game to life with a powerful 12-yard header in the 65th minute, but Greg Etafia produced a wonderful save to deny the Celtic man.

Unfortunately, though, for Celtic their keeper Tignyemb could not produce the same heroics four minutes later when Siyabonga Nomvete latched onto the ball after a goalmouth scramble and fired his side in front from 10 yards out to make it 1-0.

Celtic quickly tried to hit back and they were on the attack until the end of the match. The closest they came to finding an equaliser came in the 76th minute when a 10-yard header by Thabo Nthethe went centimetres wide of the target.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:08 pm
Against all odds you went to Bloem and came back winners. You make us proud. Congratulations on the win. We now need to concentrate on our game which is against Pirates, we know it will be difficult but we need to take it one game @ a time. With 5 games to go anything is possible. Indizile inyoni
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:41 am
this is where we should have got the 3points that now is making noise from cablesthieves! but we fluffed it! damn!
posted: 11:56 am
The only good results Pirates can get against Swallows is a draw....that one is a fact....!
posted: 08:41 am
I start to doubt wheather swallows will be able to avoid the axe. Following the fact that when maritzburg united whenever looses the loose too. We still need six point above maritzburg it is not easy with only five games to go
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