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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...

posted: 07:45 am
@Swona, u can't judge him on the team he has. Chokers is a term referred teams that on paper are good enough to win major trophies but for one reason or the other they choke when that opportunity presents itself.

Gordon has assembled a side good enough to be in the top 5.

When he coached Sundowns he beat both Chiefs and Pirates home and away. So I think it's only fair to judge him on the quality he has.

Once a Happy Person Always a Happy Ghost
posted: 09:09 am
Have no fear masandawane, chokers are those team that will be dropping points at the end of the czen.
I don't fear any1, the chasing pack is still the chasing pack. Already they hav won all their games and they are above us. How can u be a choker and the middle of the czen.
During the past three games we had the same problem, failing to convert de chances we create. I trust the coach has identify dat problem and I expect it to be sorted out in no tym.
In the beginning we were known to be the 45 min team, coach neeskens completely change that, and now we a sundraw. Again masandawane I trust the mentor neeskens.

Maybe we should thank that we never lost dis three games, since we know that a result of not taking yo chances
posted: 09:10 am
Ka bo Yellow kuphi khona, we r cumin 4 u
posted: 09:11 am
Another Draw ? mmmmm Good news for us (Bucs)
posted: 09:12 am
Ka bo Yellow kuphi khona, we r cumin 4 u
posted: 09:19 am

The race is still on and very interesting
posted: 09:20 am

while we were busy collecting cups and playing in africa we would like to thanx Sundoms for holding the umbrela for almost a while, so this cuming weekends we will hand it to Moria united for a while then later as the champion of everything we will not hold the umbrela instead we will win the trophy.

Let us meet at Orlando tomorrow the champions of everything.
posted: 09:23 am

The Proteas played a draw again.

The win against AmaZulu was a reality check, These fans will keep on saying in Neeskens we trust instead of putting more pressure.

They will talk about Motsepe's money while balambe bayanya, nemilomo iyanuka.
posted: 09:26 am

Tomorrow Maritzburg will lose to the fans.

We are painting Orlando Red in support of philosopher Leal who has been put under unnecessary pressure by the media, Chiefs n Sundowns fans.

Pirates will win all trophies left and Neeskens n VV will be fired.
posted: 09:47 am
We still on top naiers, even if we cn loose da nxt game we still gona take dis league. Chips r nt league material nd da rats they knw Leal is a stupid coach
posted: 10:03 am
Why pirates fans should talk abt downs as under achievers.

Ok first things first

Sundowns as a most successful psl team should be given the same respect people giv to man utd, real madrid, ac milan, bayern munich, marseile, benfica, galatasarey and the rest of all time champ in the world. It is true that we hav over achieved our own existence. We have shocked many and what frustrate the most is the manner it has been done. STYLE. We might not have decade and decades of existence in our belt. But we have change the football for better. We are der in a way that grand mammas and daddies like swallows, wits looks at us as their role models.

@ all pirates supporters for the truth that u might already knew abt achieving. Since we got promotion in 1985 we have won more lig titles that rats. We have won the psl more than rats hav won the PSL and NSL. And that why u hated us so much. Gods that hav came to earth came decades after man. I can say Sundowns is god to south african football
posted: 10:13 am
Ok ok b4 u start counting overall titles, we beat u on that 1 as well. So who the fcuk are the under achievers. U can't say real madrid are under achievers can u???? Respect comrade respects.
posted: 10:21 am
What s Gerald Sebeko s stil doing @ chips!anada wasted talent!eish mara ada players can't think!why this boy luk for anada team?loyality!
posted: 10:53 am
The truth is we were leading by three points going to the break, now it a possible 1 point. But still we lead. Cosmos and swallows never beat us, we just drop points against them.

@Yellow nation. Dis is where the all time champs are separated from here and there champs.

Stay Yellow til amalobolo are fully paid ( CRD Libodo 11 - Rats 1)
posted: 10:56 am
the chokers are at it again...he he

posted: 11:38 am
Small set back but we will rise again. Yellow family will be champs!!
posted: 12:41 pm
Yellow family will be Champs!! that's rubbish man.
posted: 12:44 pm
The players must take every match serious
posted: 12:44 pm
The players must take every match serious
posted: 12:48 pm
In Mwanjali we have a free way from Cape to Cairo.

Well done to my favourite striker MILKSHAKE, whom I am afraid we'll lose to Europe at the end of season when he is crowned top scorer.

Goal Scorers chart at the end of the season:
3.Laffor/that SSU guy
4.Siyabonga Sangweni; and
5. The rest

Sundowns crowned PSL Champs. Its not a question of "if" but WHEN. YELO SECHEBA tot tot......
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