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Premier Soccer League reports: Moroka Swallows held by Maritzburg United

Posted: 21 September 2013 Time: 14:34

Moroka Swallows nudged SuperSport United off the Premiership summit following a 1-1 draw with Maritzburg United at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Swallows dominated the encounter but needed an equaliser from Luvhengo Mungomeni to cancel out substitute Thokozani Sekotlong's 69th minute opener. 

The result sees the Dube Birds inch a point ahead of Matsatsantsa and AmaZulu, who face each other at 20h15.

Platinum Stars, who visit champions Kaizer Chiefs at the same time, are two points off the pace, while Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits are also eyeing top spot as they battle one another this evening. 

In a goalless opening period, The Team of Choice had the first chance, as new signing Yakubu Mohammed had a low shot gathered by Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia.

At the other end, evergreen striker Siyabonga Nomvethe headed just wide following a left-wing cross from Levi Mokgothu in the 21st minute.

A minute later United's Ashley Hartog came off the field with a hamstring injury, with veteran midfielder Dillon Sheppard taking his place.

The Dube Birds nearly scored the opener just shy of 30 minutes, but goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters pulled off a magnificent save to deny Nomvethe's volley from close range following a ball over the top from Man of the Match Lerato Chabangu.

Walters came to his team's rescue again just before the break, dropping down smartly to foil Edward Manqele's powerful strike following a through-ball from Lefa Tsutsulupa.

United suffered another injury setback in the 48th minute, as Mohammed limped off the field with a knock, prompting the introduction of Sekotlong.

Swallows were less dominant after the break, although Nomvethe threatened with a venomous drive from range just past the hour-mark.

Sekotlong then broke the deadlock against the run of play when he steered in a cross from fellow injury-enforced replacement Sheppard.

The lead, however, was short-lived as Mungomeni nodded in a cross from the right by substitute Dikgang Mabalane, on for Tsutsulupa, in the 76th minute.

Neither side could snatch a winner in the tense closing stages.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2013-09-21 12:43:52

Even  small teams such as maritzburg knows hw to rotate players to create healthy  competion  too bad for our noisy neighbours 

posted: 2013-09-21 12:47:57

I like Nergazdze he is a   hardworker unlike the rugbyman kandakanda where ever he plays stadium managers are complaining about his tackles bocz its costly to repair

deeman dee
posted: 2013-09-21 13:05:39

Swallows,Ajax ,Platinum n sundowns they can lead bt cnt keepup.

Captain Blackbeard
posted: 2013-09-21 15:09:27

Walters cost Maritzburg the 3 points with his schoolboy error.

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-09-21 15:12:59

Eish.... Mfanaka unale leto le lentle.... "All you need is love" Chabangu... there's space for you at The Dream Team...!

Your home boy from Tembisa "Festival" Matlaba is already there, he'll show you around, you know, make you feel at home...

posted: 2013-09-21 15:31:10

I think now is the time for that Morten to come back home.

posted: 2013-09-21 15:32:35

Wher is zola doda with hs crap news whch r 4eva zebrish? Haha plz mr editor tel us abt d pride of d nation(bucs) I'm sure u cn find smthin in d bucs camp since d game is here

Vez' ikhanda
posted: 2013-09-21 17:31:53

This is 2 points lost for the beautiful Birds............ It could have easily been a 5-1 win for us............ I still don't like our coach though........ He released Joseph Makhanya and Lwazi Skhosana and kept Felix Obada......  Up the Birds

posted: 2013-09-22 08:57:20

gave away 2 points

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