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Moroka Swallows ease past Free State Stars

Posted: 30 April 2011 Time: 17:04

It’s been a long time coming, but Moroka Swallows have finally escaped the bottom two of the Absa Premiership after a 3-1 win against Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.

Swallows opened the scoring from Siyabonga Nomvethe’s well taken penalty after Paulos Masehe handled the ball inside the box in the sixth minute.

However, Stars continued to trouble Swallows’ defence, and their efforts finally paid off when Shere Lekgothoane tackled Manti Moholo from behind inside the area and referee Jerome Damon awarded the second spot-kick of the day, which Kennedy Mweene converted to level matters in the 36th minute.

Stars started the second half the more determined side and Madoda Motha nearly increased their tally in the 48th minute, but his shot went wide.

In reality, Stars should have buried Swallows in a goal-glut, but the likes of Motha, Manti Moholo and Boitumelo Sekgobela had an off-day in front of goal.

In an attempt to get that important second goal, Gordon Igesund replaced Oscar Machapa, Cisse Chieka, and Macbeth Sibaya with Keegan Ritchie, Bradley Ritson and Ashraf Hendricks, and the three substitutes proved the difference.

Hendricks gave the Birds the lead on 73 minutes when he headed home Keegan Ritchie’s corner, before Bradley Ritson grabbed the third that put the match beyond doubt in the 78th minute.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:16 pm
Well done to the Dube birds, you realy needed to win to stay in the PSL. Its not good for the PSL to loose a team like you with such rich history. I hope you will win your last two games aswel to assure you place for the next season. Shaapa Ritson shaapa
Joe Mase...
posted: 06:27 pm
nice 1 maswaiswai............
posted: 06:41 pm
I have always bealived that Swallows will avoid the big drop, they are now home and dry.
posted: 07:35 pm
One more win and a draw will do.
posted: 11:01 pm
Hail 2 Ashraf,Bhele, Bradley & the rest of the players 4 bringing happiness in de Nest. Big-ups 2 coach Gordon. Swaiswai wayawaya.
posted: 06:30 am
Well done Beautiful Birds,i hope Leon Prins gives 'Sir Igesund' a 3-5 year long contract for his prowess!Who on earth thought Swallows will one day would b out of the last 2 placings on the PSL log after accumulating only 2 points from 9 games?Mr Igesund,please stay at 'The Nest' bcos that's where u belong_& U ARE SO LOVED!
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