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Match report: Moroka Swallows beat Mamelodi Sundowns again

Posted: 30 September 2012 Time: 16:00

Moroka Swallows continued their recent dominance over Mamelodi Sundowns as goals from Lerato Chabangu and Felix Obada handed them a 2-0 win on Sunday.

The Birds beat the Brazilians 6-5 on aggregate in the two legs of the MTN8 semi-final in August, and then took a deserved three points from this League encounter.

Downs have lost four of their last five matches in the Premiership, and have scored just three goals so far.

Swallows surged ahead as early as the seventh minute as Chabangu once again haunted his former team: the attacker beat goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands to a through ball from Katlego Mashego to poke home his third goal against the Brazilians this season (having netted twice against them in the MTN8).

Sundowns came close to drawing level on the 20-minute mark through Hlompho Kekana, but Greg Etafia kept out the midfielder's fierce shot and was then relieved to watch Tebogo Langerman miss out on the rebound.

Kekana threatened again from a free-kick on 29 minutes, but Etafia was equal to the task and palmed the ball over the crossbar for a corner.

Set-pieces and long-range attempts seemed the Brazilians' best hope of a goal in the first half, as their general play lacked rhythm and penetration.

Swallows extended their advantage in the 33rd minute thanks to a brilliant goal from winger Obada, who fired home a long range shot that went in off the underside of the crossbar and gave Sandilands no chance whatsoever.

Sundowns opted for a change at half-time, replacing Elias Pelembe with Nyasha Mushekwi, but they almost went further behind within the first minute after the restart after a rare mistake from Sandilands that gifted the ball to Mashego, but the striker was unable to capitalise.

On 57 minutes the Birds almost scored through another long range screamer. This time it was captain Lefa Tsutsulupa who let fly from 20-plus metres out, but his effort rebounded off the crossbar.

Downs also found the woodwork, as Eleazar Rodgers' looping header hit the top of the crossbar before bouncing out for a goal-kick in the 70th minute. It was one of the few instances in which the tall striker was given decent service from out wide.

Substitute Edward Manqele also rattled the bar, on 78 minutes, turning inside his marker in the penalty area before firing off a left-footed effort was beyond the reach of Etafia.

In the end Sundowns lacked the necessary spirit to fight their way back into the game and the Birds were able to see out the dying minutes in relative comfort, picking up a win which takes them to fifth place on the table. Downs remain in 14th.

Previous comments on this story...

The Ghost rider
posted: 04:32 pm
Poor Sundowns!
posted: 04:37 pm
Zebras have no business in telling us about the way we behave when we dealing with our own monkey coach....last season we witness the very same Chimps baying for Dr Khumalo and Ace Khuse's blood when they were molested by SSU 2-0 in their own back yard to make it 4 loses in a row.
Black and Gold
posted: 04:43 pm
This is sad now,sundowns is like a gold digger married to a rich guy.

When things go bad or when you're depressed,Just go to the mall(transfer market) and shop till you drop.

Hard luck,its back to the mall,oops i meant drawing board.
posted: 05:01 pm
Kabo Yellow

Shapa Swallows Shapa!!!!!!
posted: 05:12 pm
It happened at Chiefs last year and at Pirates previously that players gets fed up with the coach's rapadly useless tactics and stop playing for him.but in stead Chiefs went for Baxter and a few new faces- thats how its done in football
MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 05:13 pm
If by any chance the Dutch coach is still a Sundowns employee by tomorrow I will be a very surprised man. There is definitely no way forward with this man in charge.
posted: 05:28 pm
@ Phefeni Boy....this group of players are not playing as a team..they have big egos and are just playing for the money....they dont play for the Sundowns badge...

I dont see players playing here, therez nothing like playing kumoshwa imali yase Marikana.....lol...
posted: 05:40 pm
Holla maswayiswayi,next on the table Kaizer chiefs,nizonya mhlathi yenu............
posted: 05:44 pm
@sgoloza82 plz stop taking drugs.
posted: 05:46 pm
I said last time do not blame players and coach the culprits are Motsepe and his Mngts team they are one to blame.1Motsepe gave G Igusend a one year extention contract after he won league with Sundowns and yet he gave 5yrs deal to Neeskens who has'nt won anything as a coach,how is that for President???
Mngts buys players who are not intersted in playing for the team buy them out of auction,others are even released without kicking the single ball for downs>>how is also that for Mngt?>>poor>>poor>>>poor mngts
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 05:49 pm
Actually ayenzani lama Buffalo ka Motsepe?

He should have followed Cyril and bid for Buffalo's instead of Imali yakhe idliwe so.

Same people can't be complaining about the same thing every year. The problem is the management of SandaBuffalo. Motsepe must effect change in his management. Nastasha even attended their games to offer the helping hand or worse why not get capable people? Your Moloto and Makhanya are fcuking the team up. They are obsessed in winning the Transfer Period Cup better than any other thing.

Ayikho ibhari ezo ngcengwa lana!
posted: 06:18 pm
Im very happy for the Dube Birds after having bad game against Amazulu. i won't be suprised if this coach coamplain about back pain on Monday. Up the Birds.
posted: 07:00 pm
Neeskens is a good coach but he has players that not hungry & who are busy eating Motsepe`s money.these players cant see how badly things are turning out for us as supporters of the team, we have jzzy queen & Barnes there, i suggest that they be given a chance or ask nana to step up from being a team manager & coach those boys. Ted is also around i m sure he will jump at the chance of coaching these guys....i also wish they can be shown videos of the past sundowns players like the general feutumba;fire masilela;hluphi magolego how those boys used to play and the commitment they had
posted: 07:36 pm
Maswaiswai.yoh 20 november is too far.we've already beat bucs,sundowns & on 20 november what can prevent us frm making it to chiefs?
posted: 08:22 pm
Sundowns hve become our full tym skhafthini wen ever they come to Dobsonville.......I enjoyed the game n watchng mfana wa style n company making fool of themselves after the 2 nil hiding............ Masandawana, ur post match actions won't change swallows' habit of punishing u wen ever u show up at Dobsonville, I am a happy swaiman......Don't 4lo me 4lo da Birds (The last team standing - wafa wafa)
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 08:46 pm
this is good for SA football. When they get relegated atleast the NFD wqill have a sponsor, infact the prize money might be more than the PSL. Sundowns has always been a minnow .....Tuks is here to replace it.
Chief Buks
posted: 08:58 pm
Hai mna ndicingela nje uNeeskenz umsebenzi uyaphela ...... Nina mabhakaniya nithathe iselebration yethu nidliwa ngakhona
posted: 09:08 pm
Yalala inkomo isengwa
Khosi till
posted: 09:15 pm
Shame poor brazilians, it no more funny nw. Khosi by birth
Maholoni Tshampisa
posted: 12:05 am
It all started when they were just buying players just because chiefs were Interested and now those players are no longer delivering, money wasted when they could have done something better.

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