Wits too clever for Swallows
Posted: 17 February 2015 Time: 19:37
Moroka Swallows suffered their third defeat in 2015 when they lost 2-0 to Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership match at Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday night.
A goal in each half by defender Kees Kwakman ensured the Clever Boys walked away with the maximum points to go second on the Absa premiership log standings.
The Birds, on the other hand, are rooted in 14th spot with 19 points.
The hosts started better between the two sides and they dominated the proceedings as debutant Sipho Moeti unleashed a shot in the 10th minute, although it failed to trouble Moeneeb Josephs.
The Dube Birds enjoyed good passes in the middle of the park, but Gavin Hunt's men didn't allow them to penetrate and find their way to the box as they lacked a direct attacking player.
However, in what was seen as a move against the run of play, the Braamfontein side took the lead in the 24th minute when defender Kwakman slotted the ball into Greg Etafia's goal from Sameehg Doutie's corner, which was helped on its way to the far post inadvertently by Lerato Chabangu, 1-0.
With one minute left to go to the interval the hosts missed an opportunity to equalise when Felix Obada took a shot after good interplay between Lefa Tsutsulupa and Lantshene Phalane, but his effort was blocked by Onismor Bhasera.
Chabangu followed with another attempt a few seconds later, but it went straight to Josephs and the Students went to the break leading by 1-0.
Five minutes into the second half Wits nearly doubled their lead when Swallows failed to deal with a cross, but Rudi Isaacs conceded a corner.
Following Doutie’s set-piece from the left and a flick-on by Papy Faty in the box, the oncoming Kwakman had a chance to finish, with his left-footed volley at the far post making it 2-0.
Madida threw in Siyabonga Nomvete together with Luyolo Nomandela and their combination gave Buhle Mkhwanazi and Siyabonga Nhlapo problems, nevertheless, Josephs produced a great save to deny 'Bhele' in the 68th minute.
The Dobsonville side showed enterprise and pushed forward in search of an opener but defender Larry Cohen's header went wide of the mark from Phalane's free-kick.
Madida tried to motivate his charges and introduced his substitutions, however, it wasn't meant to be as Wits walked away with the three points, giving Swallows their third loss in succession.
HOME: Swallows FC
Coach: Fani Madida
Formation: four three one two
AWAY: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt
Formation: four three three