SSU, Swallows share the spoils

Premiership

SuperSport United and Swallows FC drew 1-1 in a top-of-the-table DStv Premiership encounter at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

Swallows came close in the first few minutes. The ball was played over the top down the left for Kgaogelo Sekgota, who fizzed the ball across Ronwen Williams and just wide of the far post.

SuperSport scored their 1000th league goal in the modern era in the sixth minute when Lucky Mohomi lined up the long-range shot and it took a wicked deflection off experienced defender Vuyo Mere before nestling in the keeper's bottom left-hand corner.

Soon afterwards, Matsatsantsa missed a glorious opportunity to double their lead. Jamie Webber played a delicate chip over the top of the Birds defence for Thamsanqa Gabuza, who lost marker Thabo Matlaba's one-on-one with the keeper, but dragged his effort wide of the keeper's right hand side.

With just under 20 minutes gone, Sipho Mbule fouled Zaphaniah Mbokoma and the free-kick was a low venomous strike but straight down the throat of Ronwen Williams

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Mere dinked the ball over the top and Lebohang Mokoena ran onto it before hitting the ball first-time on the volley and it went narrowly wide of the far post.

Gabuza had a massive chance to double the lead after being slipped in by Webber but Vries pulled off a quality save from close range to keep his side in the game.

On the hour mark, Keenan Phillips whipped in the cross from the right-hand side and Sipho Mbule got slightly underneath the header as the ball went over the bar.

The Birds eventually found the equaliser in the 75th minute. SuperSport were caught napping as Kamohelo Mahlatsi played the quick free-kick and after a one-two got to the byline before cutting the ball back into the box for substitute Joseph Mhlongo to have a simple tap-in from close range

In the 78th minute, a great pass from Mahlatsi to Mhlongo was wasted by the latter as he fired it high and wide.

Grobler had a great chance in the final moments when Kudakwashe Mahachi whipped a delicious ball in from the left but his header was slightly over the bar.

Confirmed line-ups:

SuperSport: Williams,  Philipps, Fleurs, Kekana, Ditlhokwe, Webber, Mbule, Mohomi,  Lungu, Grobler,  Gabuza.

Subs: Chigova, Khumalo, Nhlapo, Waiswa, Donn, Moralo, Rusike, Mahachi, Appollis.

Swallows: Vries, Mere, Ngcobo, Letlabika, Matlaba, Mokoena, Mthethwa, Basadien, Sekgota, Mbokoma, Malinga.

Subs: Ngobeni, Sibiya, Sait, Nyatama, Mahlatsi, Gozar, Hlanti, Mhlongo, Seabi.

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