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Moroka Swallows win MTN8 Final

Posted: 22 September 2012 Time: 22:09

Moroka Swallows ended a 33-year wait for glory in the MTN8 by defeating SuperSport United 2-1 in the Final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Bennett Chenene scored the decisive goal four minutes from the end of regulation time after earlier goals from Franklin Cale and Giorgi Nergadze had left the teams deadlocked and seemingly headed for extra-time.

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Swallows appeared to settle the quicker of the two teams, but United surged ahead in the fifth minute. Sameehg Doutie played a defence-splitting pass to put Franklin Cale one-on-one with the goalkeeper and the winger easily finished to make it 1-0.

The Birds struck back on 18 minutes, with Giorgi Nergadze the unlikely goal scorer. The midfielder sent a long range shot past the right-hand of Rowen Fernandez and into the back of the net via the inside of the upright.

SuperSport almost reclaimed the lead immediately through defender Bevan Fransman, who flicked on from a Cale free kick and watched the ball flash agonisingly wide of the far post.

On 26 minutes Katlego Mashego should have put the Birds ahead, having cut inside Mor Diouf to be faced with only the ‘keeper to beat, but he scooped his effort over the crossbar from just a few metres out.

Just past the half hour mark it was United’s turn to threaten again, with Doutie exchanging passes with Sibusiso Zuma before seeing his goal-bound effort brilliantly turned away by Greg Etafia.

SuperSport had the first shot in anger of the second half, with Cale shooting through the defensive wall from a free kick only for Etafia to once again come up with a good stop.

Swallows then had a spell of pressure in which they almost forced a goal. Fernandez had to come up with a good save to keep out a Felix Obada shot from a tight angle, and Mor Diouf then cleared a Lerato Chabangu effort off the goal line.

With just under 10 minutes to play, Swallows had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when the ball struck Fransman on the arm in the box, and United then went on a quick counter attack which saw Khenyeza blaze a shot high and wide when he perhaps should have scored.

On 86 minutes the Birds finally got their goal, with a long ball springing the offside trap and sending Bennett Chenene through on goal. The in-form winger calmly lobbed the advancing Fernandez to make it 2-1 and hand Swallows the MTN8 crown.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:20 am
well done swallows. SSu is there due to the gift they received from MR Smith. I don't understand why we are being sworn at because Swallows won. I guess its the price we have to pay for being DTC. Call a gorilla but won't take away this historic achievement. Still on track for another treble
Chiefs Zobafenda Bonke 13/14
posted: 09:24 am
Up the Birds, woza masway sway, K4life
Spawtz Fanatic
posted: 10:13 am
Fly Fly a Swallow Fly Fly a Swallow*clapping* ... Inyoni iyandiza a Swallow. Well Done Champs! As for those that don't have anything positive to say or written u off i say Al'wehlanga lunge hlanga as we bury ur stinking souls...
posted: 10:32 am
@skepe mketule,u knw diski,lekgothoane is a freeway,kanti whr is tht boy sbu khumalo?i thought thy got hm on load frm motsepeville.
posted: 10:33 am
@skepe mketule,u knw diski,lekgothoane is a freeway,kanti whr is tht boy sbu khumalo?i thought thy got hm on load frm motsepeville.
posted: 10:53 am
We, at Orlando are proud of you Swayi Swayi. MTN8 cup remains a Joburg property 4ever. Let me introduce you to the Big League of the Double Treble Champions !!!
posted: 11:57 am
Wait,I thot dis cup ws for pirates col de cops.
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