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Mashego strike wins it for Birds

Moroka Swallows beat Free State Stars 1-0

Posted: 6 October 2012 Time: 05:22 pm

Moroka Swallows continue to be Free State Stars’ bogey side after the Soweto outfit recorded a 1-0 win at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Birds have not lost to Ea Lla Koto since 2009, and extended that record to seven League games with this valuable away victory, secured courtesy of a superb Katlego Mashego free-kick.

Stars dominated the opening exchanges and on 18 minutes only a terrific save from Greg Etafia denied them the opening goal, with the Nigerian tipping over a point-blank effort from Dove Wome.

A minute later Moeketsi Mvula had a free header in the box but put his effort over the top, while on 24 minutes the same striker tested Etafia with a low shot, but the Swallows goalie kept out the effort with another good save.

Just past the half-hour mark the dangerous Wome brilliantly controlled a long ball over the top of the defence and rounded Etafia before tumbling to the ground in hopes of winning a penalty. But the referee was not fooled by a blatant piece of diving from the Togo attacker, though he should have booked him for simulation.

The Birds were much more of an attacking threat in the second half and on 54 minutes Lerato Chabangu almost opened the scoring with an acrobatic volley, only for Kennedy Mweene to produce an excellent low save at his near post.

The home side remained potent on attack and should have broken the deadlock on 68 minutes when Wome put Mvula through on goal, but the young striker saw his angle quickly closed down by Etafia and pulled his shot wide of the target.

In the 75th minute the goal the game had been threatening finally arrived – and what a beauty it was. Mashego curled home a brilliant goal direct from a free-kick to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Stars created a few good chances to equalise, the best of which went Mvula’s way in injury time, but they were unable to convert them and have only themselves to blame for picking up no points from a match they mostly dominated.

HOME: Free State Stars

  • 1 Kennedy Mweene
  • 3 Daniel Cardoso
  • 4 Soriola Gege
  • 7 Reuben Thebakang
  • 13 Sadate Ouro Akoriko
  • 29 Mbhuyiselo Sambu
    57 mins - Angelo Kerspuy
  • 11 Luyolo Nomandela
    70 mins - Taonga Dondo
  • 15 Dove Wome
  • 16 Enva Wiltwer
    84 mins - Noah Chivuta
  • 20 Katlego Cambridge Mashego
  • 9 Moeketsi Mvula

AWAY: Moroka Swallows

  • 34 Greg Etafia
  • 5 Giorgi Nergadze
  • 6 Ashraf Hendricks
  • 13 Gilbert Mapemba
  • 19 Luvhengo Mungomeni
  • 31 Shere Lekgothoane
  • 12 Lefa Tsutsulupa
  • 14 Lerato Chabangu
    62 mins - David Mathebula
  • 15 Benett Chenene
  • 24 Felix Obada
    55 mins - Dikgang Mabalane
  • 53 Katlego Evidence Mashego
    82 mins - Sibusiso Kumalo

Previous comments on this story...

dcanoa
posted: 05:52 pm
Feel free to check footievoice.com for articles about the highs and lows of football such as money, racism and where I question Barcelona's dominance.
bestone
posted: 06:11 pm
when birds are flying no one can stop them to fly.we continue on what we left off last season.don't follow me follow the BIRDS Meroon is the colour of dominett this season you can talk whatever you want who is next we beat two gaint of south africa soccer only one left. the birds are on the mood of winning.
S\'vunguvungu
posted: 06:16 pm
Dlala Mahoota. we are flying nicely and soon will be there on top same as last year....we need another Left back for a cover
SuperBird
posted: 06:44 pm
The Summer Birds!!! And I'm the happy bird..... We are unstoppable.
Myzuzu
posted: 10:30 pm
up the Birds!!!
geshed1
posted: 11:01 pm
don't follow me follow the birds,inyoni iyindiza slowly but showly we will reach number one................
dcanoa
posted: 11:50 pm
Feel free to check footievoice.com for articles about the highs and lows of football such as money, racism and where I question Barcelona's dominance.
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 06:31 am
It ws nt one of da most entertaining gme da swallows usually display bt m happy fr da 3 points, ke ja joy. I miss the attacking combination of chenene, nomvethe, chabangu, mathebula n makhanya. Swallows' attacking force is no longer as sharp as it used to be. I wonder what Marques changed in dat style of play. I remain da beautiful bird (The last creature standing - wafa wafa). Dankie Mahoota, ur contribution to my joy is appreciated. Up the birds
beaultifull
posted: 04:22 pm
The Birds need one Centre back to cover when one between Handricks and Luvhengo, left back to cover Lekgothwane and one Central Middle to replace captain when tired, in attack we are the most dangerous in the league
beaultifull
posted: 04:25 pm
I think we also need a goalkeeper who will compete with Etafia because our no2 is not good at all
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