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Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns draw

Posted: 24 February 2012 Time: 21:57

Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns drew 2-2 in a League clash in Dobsonville on Friday night.

Both sides found themselves having to fight back from a deficit, and in the end a draw was probably a fair result, though the Brazilians will be disappointed at having missed out on the chance to move six points clear at the top of the table.

‘Downs dominated proceedings early on and forced two good saves from Greg Etafia – in the second minute he smothered the ball at the feet of Nyasha Mushekiw and a quarter hour later he tipped a long range shot from Hlompho Kekana over the crossbar.

However, Swallows soon worked their way into the game and began to create chances, the first of which saw Joseph Makhanya shoot wide of the target after a defence-splitting pass from Lefa Tsutsulupa on 19 minutes. A minute later Makhanya provided a clever low pass from the right that allowed Bennett Chenene to turn the ball home from close range and put the Birds 1-0 up.

On 22 minutes Swallows had a chance to extend their lead but David Mathebula opted for a difficult pass when he should have shot, allowing the opportunity to slip away. Sundowns went on to boss the remainder of the first half and were able to force an equaliser just before the interval.

On the stroke of half time Anthony Laffor provided a searching cross from the right flank. Lebohang Mokoena won a knock-down at the far post and Nyasha Mushekwi reacted quicker than Etafia and defender Ashraf Hendricks, beating the two Swallows players to the ball and heading home to make it 1-1.

Mushekwi very nearly put the Brazilians in the lead four minutes after the restart, unleashing a fiercely-hit drive that forced Etafia into another excellent reaction save. However, there was nothing the goalkeeper could do to stop Teko Modise making it 2-1 to the visitors on 57 minutes after he provided a side-footed finish from Kekana’s great through ball.

Yet Sundowns’ were pegged back just a minute later when Makhanya scored his first goal for the Birds, arriving late at the far post to crash home Chenene’s cross from the left by-line and make it 2-2 before the hour mark.

Sundowns looked the likelier scorers in the remainder of the match, especially through the ever-dangerous Mushekwi, who forced another good stop from Etafia from a headed effort on 83 minutes, but the match ended all square and the teams shared the points.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:06 pm
Why draws ? Nw we are decreasing our chances of lifting da throphy...DOWNZ 4 EVR
Anonymous
posted: 10:07 pm
kuphi khona la? sundwns will choke.
KidKudu7
posted: 10:08 pm
Another draw by Sunkops...that means more misery for them.

Mighty Bucs is coming surely for you & the zebras.

KidKudu7
posted: 10:09 pm
Abo Sweyts, will start to wet their panties now as Sunkops prove that they're chokers of the PSL.
Anonymous
posted: 10:15 pm
Why am i not suprised,the real chokers are at it agian.

Tsipa ka di draw dunu Tsipaaa!!

Like i said tht meaningless gap is narrowing with evry game they drawing.

Ichuuuuuu!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:17 pm
whose gna win da league ngempela cz dunusa r average as wel. Laffor ws lost tnyt, dy mst ply him bhnd da striker n let teko move to da wing. Cheap chiefs youngsters gave swallows a whoppn bt expensiv dunusa salvaged a draw. Ksazoshuba. Oh im khosified. I miss dvd.
Anonymous
posted: 10:17 pm
Fair results dawanas against orlando zebra swallows.
El Kampion
posted: 10:19 pm
SUN-DRAWS=PROTEAS=CHOKERS

UP THE BUCS WAYAWAYA
El Kampion
posted: 10:22 pm
Overheared Pelembe telling Mdledle that he made a mistake by renewing his contract at SUNDRAWS...I say it serves you just right. Now, sit down and watch the real Champions coming...consider the gap between you and the Champs 3 points already
Luckylook
posted: 10:24 pm
A perfect opportunity for Chiefs, Supersport and Indoda Emnyama Ibhakajuju owagebhula umhlaba kamaspala wabhekisa phezulu to close this gap-nyana. Once Ibhakabhaka Always Ibhakabhaka.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
I said this earlier I'll say it again, pretenders are gradually going down where they belong while contenders who finished 1st and second last season are going up where they belong. The moment of truth is upon us, our league is getting excited.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
Hade Madawana, well nothing much will change we will remain Yellow on top, despite throwing this one away.

Vandags game was there for the taking, Laffor for some reason found the Yellow jersey too heavy tonight he just did'nt come to the party, Pelembe shoud've come on a bit earlier to finish off Mayinga on the wing.

Another goal from the General, it's a pity we decided to give away the two points immediately after the supposed winner......Eish with Mwanjale and the Asiagate scandal hanging over his head, you'll always be biting your nails guaranteed. mh.

And one Wayne Sandilands remains a mystery, ay lomlungu bafethu....nee man!

Sky's the limit fede, angeke saphelamandla! Kabo Yellow!
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 pm
heat is on,only 1 team amassed mxm pts so far in 2nd rd frm leadin pack,Bucselona of course

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Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
Downs u r in big big trouble now, Bucs r here.
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 pm
Ag shame RATS supporters have nothing to celebrate lately except when sundowns draw.If downs can lose i bet they'll dream lifting the trophy.
Bhakashushu
posted: 10:31 pm
Now, I remember one time watching SS4, and Mark Williams ruled out Pirates from winning or let me rather say defending their Lig title, his reasons were that Pirates were 10 points behind the then log leaders with the same number of games played, and animals from Naturena Zoo were saying we will be fighting for top 8, ne? and some says we are relegation candidates, well I just kept quite because I know facts:
1. Sundows will never win the league
2. Supersport will never win the league
3. VV will never ever win the league, he can even go and coach Sundowns the resukts will be the same, Chiefs will only win the league with the next coming coach on his second season
4. Pirates will succesffully defend the league.

By Sunday 18:00 Pirates will be 3 points behind log leaders, reduced from 10 Points.

Mabakaniya, let's keep quite we know the league is in the bag, the only worry is Champions League, but we will have another chance again next year.

Operation 3 points a game in full force.
Anonymous
posted: 10:34 pm
Hard luck downs! try next door maybe you can beat chiefs. re na ma BUCS we are coming slowly but surely all the once a pirates always a pirates.
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Not a sprint after all,slowly but surely bucs in a marathon way!
Anonymous
posted: 10:45 pm
Pierats fans, who said you will win the league with that pathetic display???

Yes, Williams was right if he ruled out Sonono united out.

There is no Vonk and Jerom Demon this year...

Khosi until Sonono stops dropping her panties

Anonymous
posted: 10:47 pm
Hehehe..... chokers of the decade, Mamelodi SunDogs!

From 7 points and after 18h00 it will be 3 points..lol...now im waiting for Zebras drop 3 points as well and pave my way to obtain what rightfully belong to us which is no.1 spot...!
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