Swallows put three past Wits
Posted: 11 March 2009 Time: 22:38
Moroka Swallows advanced through to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup when they beat Bidvest Wits 3-1 at Olympia Park in Rustenberg on Wednesday evening.
Swallows started the match with a different approach, resting both their top strikers David Radebe and Sandile Ndlovu. The Birds opted for sole striker, Shaun Haschick with Cecil Oerson playing just behind him.
It was the Clever boys who made their intentions clear in the fifteenth minute when Samuel Ramaseou
s shot was cleared off the goal line by Fabian McCarthy.
A minute later Wit had another chance to score when defender, Ashraf Hendricks beat the offside trap but failed to control his final touch and the chance went a begging.
Wits did have more chances to score but were let down by poor finishing from Calvin Kadi and Tebogo Langerman.
The score remained 0-0 at half-time.
In the second minute of the second half, the best chance of the match fell to Tebogo Langerman from a corner kick by Samuel Ramaseou, but Langerman failed to keep his header down.
Three minutes later, Langerman had another chance to score but was denied by Tyrone Damons.
However Swallows’ first clear-cut chance came in the second half from a well struck free kick by Brazilian defender, Davi Rancan which Murambadoro blocked.
It took another free kick from Rancan to set up the opening goal for the match.
Rancan’s free kick rebounded off a defender before it fell to Lefa Tsutsulupa who picked his spot for the home side’s opening goal in the 74th minute.
Wits were reduced to 10 men when Sandile Sibande was shown a red card for a second bookable offence in the 85th minute.
The Birds came close to wrapping up the match but Tsutsulupas shot struck the crossbar with Murambadoro well beaten.
However, Wits managed to get an equalizer through Tebogo Langerman who beat Damons with a shot from an awkward angle to force the match into extra time.
In the 110th minute, the Birds reclaimed the lead when Rancan nodded home a cross from Fabian McCarthy.
In the 117th minute, Sandile Ndlovu increased the Birds’ lead, after receiving a pass from Igor Alves to score the third goal.
Calvin Kadi had a chance to reduce the deficit for Wits but his shot struck the upright.