Swallows edge ten-man Polokwane
Posted: 18 December 2013 Time: 19:10
Rudi Isaacs scored a late winner as Moroka Swallows defeated ten-man Polokwane City 2-1 in Soweto on Wednesday night.
Isaacs struck with five minutes to go after City's Puleng Tlolane cancelled out Edward Manqele's seventh minute strike at Dobsonville Stadium.
Vukile Mngqibisa was sent off for the visitors after receiving his second caution in the 72nd minute of the Premiership tie.
The result leaves Swallows fourth on the table with 21 points from 13 games - three points behind joint-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, and seven ahead of 12th-placed Polokwane.
The Dube Birds took the lead early on, as Lerato Chabangu, on his return from suspension, gained possession in midfield before brilliantly releasing on-loan strker Manqele for his sixth goal of the season. The Mamelodi Sundowns-owned player is now level with Chiefs' Bernard Parker at the top of the scoring charts.
Manqele could have got his second goal of the match in the 30th minute when he did well to fend off his markers and then unleashed a powerful shot on the edge of the box which went just wide of goal.
Ten minutes later City almost added to their woes as Thapelo Tshilo nearly scored an own goal. In his attempt to clear the ball the former Jomo Cosmos and Sundowns defender stuck out a leg and wrong-footed his goalkeeper Modiri Marumo. Luckily for the away side the ball just went over the bar.
On the hour-mark, Esau Kanyenda fluffed a major opportunity for the team from Limpopo. Galabgwe Moyana sent in a quality cross which he tapped wide of the target.
Swallows let their guard down and conceded a goal in the 70th minute. Tlolane found himself one-on-one with Greg Etafia and rounded him before calmly taking his time to place the ball beyond Swallows defender Larry Cohen who was the last man on the line.
City’s joy was, however, short-lived as Mngqibisa received his marching orders soon after before defender Isaacs sniped the points with a goal in the dying stages of the match.