Moroka Swallows beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout Cup
Posted: 22 October 2011 Time: 21:59
Moroka Swallows beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 in the Telkom Knockout Cup at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday night.
The Swallows goals were scored by Lefa Tsutsulupa, Lerato Chabangu and Siyabonga Nomvete.
The win came on the back of three goalkeeper errors from Sundowns’ Calvin Marlin, recalled to the side for this match after having played just one competitive match in the past 12 months.
Sundowns had the first chance of the game as the excellent Greg Etafia saved at the feet of Katlego Mphela as the visitors began the match the brighter of the two sides.
The home team might have been ahead on 29 minutes, though, as Chabangu’s free-kick flashed across the Sundowns goal, with none of the three Swallows players on hand able to get a decisive touch to turn the ball into the back of the net.
The Birds were ahead on 37 minutes though as Tsutsulupa collected the ball on his chest, allowed it to drop and hit a powerful shot on the volley. It was straight at Marlin, but the keeper seemed slow to react and the ball squirmed under his body and into the net.
Elias Pelembe might have leveled for Down when he found himself one-on-one with Etafia, but the Nigerian saved. The keeper lost sight of the ball though and Pelembe stabbed the rebound goalwards, only to see his trickling effort cleared off the line.
Hlompho Kekana then wasted an excellent effort to draw Sundowns level when he fired wide from close range, and the visitors were made to pay after another calamitous goal.
The corner was floated to the back post, Marlin came for it but was beaten in the flight and Chabangu provided a neat finish that served as a reminder of his quality.
And it was 3-0 when substitute Oscar Machapa shot straight at Marlin, the goalkeeper spilled the ball and Nomvete was on hand to react quickest to the loose ball and net his fifth goal in four games.