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Posted: 17 December 2014 Time: 19:52

Bragging rights were put on ice as Moroka Swallows drew 1-1 with Orlando Pirates in the 'Original Soweto Derby' at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night.

Swallows veteran Siyabonga Nomvete scored a first-half opener against the run of play but Pirates striker Lehlohonolo Majoro equalised in the 77th minute in Soweto.

The game started with slow build-ups, with Eric Tinkler’s men probing for an early opener when defender Happy Jele combined with Mpho Makola down the right flank but Rudi Isaacs managed to clear at the back.

However, for the first time in the Buccaneers’ camp, Kermit Erasmus partnered with Majoro and their combination troubled Fani Madida’s me

In the 15th minute, a long pass by Rooi Mahamutsa found Sifiso Myeni, his first touch was brilliant and his final shot was off target, failing to call Greg Etafia into action.

The match proceeded with both sides being even in the middle of the park, however, in the 34th minute, Lucky Baloyi’s attempt out of the penalty area was redirected by Nomvete to beat Brighton Mhlongo to give the hosts the lead.

Towards the interval, the visitors took the game to Swallows but their efforts to find an equaliser were in vain as Nomvete’s strike separated the two Soweto sides at half-time.

Swallows showed intent at times, defending well and looking good in transition, however, they were let down by their decisions in the final third.

Tinkler introduced Thabo Rakhale in the 62nd minute and his move worked as ‘Jomo’ revived Pirates’ play with his direct moves to the Swallows defence, which created chances for Majoro and Erasmus.

However, in the 77th minute, Rakhale’s pass found Erasmus who placed the ball for Majoro to finish with a neat shot, beating the Nigerian keeper. Just after Majoro’s goal, Helder Pelembe was introduced.

In the dying minutes, Swallows sat at the back and defended too deep, allowing Pirates to come at them, the substitute Rakhale was a nuisance for the Birds and he saw his attempt saved by Etafia on the line.

The Buccaneers desperately went forward in search of a late winner but the Dube Birds fought hard to ensure they bagged four points from Tinkler’s men this season, having won the first League encounter between the teams. 

HOME: Swallows FC

Coach: Fani Madida
Formation: three five two

AWAY: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Eric Tinkler
Formation: four four two

Livefyre comments on this story...

Hlabarinto
posted: 2014-12-17 19:52:17

Tinkler is useless he was supposed to play 5-0-5 in this game

ZAMALEK STHEMBELE KUWE
posted: 2014-12-17 19:52:25

If is that then we don't need him

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2014-12-17 19:53:09

@Gisto,

I dont see any laziness there....the boy works hard and he is clinical. Just stop the jealousy bra

@Mr Bean
posted: 2014-12-17 19:53:14

Two more points to cowjoro s 45 while others busy celebrating a draw...

The General Soccer Dude
posted: 2014-12-17 19:53:29

It was just not to be tonight. 


I'm still a Buccaneer

dirty oldman
posted: 2014-12-17 19:53:29

Tinkler is tactically bankrupt why remove your strikers when your team has momentum, why don't you remove a defender and add another striker coz Swallows were not attacking

Khosi5yd
posted: 2014-12-17 19:54:30

@Hlabarinto

Hehehee,..I've never heard of such formation!

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-12-17 19:54:35

It's high time for those (Screamer and Floyd) who pushed Krol out of Pirates to go and sit on that bench,Khoza plZ take responsibility for what is happening at Pirates cause our team is a joke of note now,today I officially give up on the League..............UP THE BUCS!!!!!

nthaudiwalekhosi
posted: 2014-12-17 19:54:46

8-2....downloading very very slowly

9-1....error please try again later or call sir Baxter for help!!

Gold Standard
posted: 2014-12-17 19:55:49

Show them how to turn the corner Eric.

Gisto
posted: 2014-12-17 19:56:55

@Treble champ "Superbrand" ya the boy is a good finisher, he loves the net but sometimes he can frustrate u that boy

Thabo 12 Mooki
posted: 2014-12-17 19:56:56

I'm with you there Stan, Major is worth 10+goals from the bench, just imagine if we had him at Chiefs now...we were gonna we ruthless upfront

K.I.C (Khosiologyst)
posted: 2014-12-17 19:57:26

Mxm 2 old teams wasting TV airplay.

KiloEcho
posted: 2014-12-17 19:58:06

Khosi5yd guess he wanted to bring in a different and better attack

Nduna032
posted: 2014-12-17 19:58:32

Ibivumile i-Swallows today...but ke, if it's not your day it's not your day.

Thabo 12 Mooki
posted: 2014-12-17 19:58:36

Hahahaha

Putlas
posted: 2014-12-17 19:58:50

Aaaai one fluke win against injured Ajax n u claim to be back on track...consistency, something you lack but is better that way...atleas you closing the gaaaaaaaaaaaaaP.

K4L

Professor_
posted: 2014-12-17 19:59:04

Operation Return the corner looming

Gisto
posted: 2014-12-17 19:59:18

@Thabo 12 Mooki the problem he hates the bench and to me he is a super sub

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2014-12-17 20:01:24

@Gisto,

Frustrate??? Please elaborate with examples. I have seen nothing but total commitment everytime Major is given a chance to play at chiefs, Bafana or Pirates.

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