Swallows FC went to the top of the DStv Premiership standings with a 1-0 win over struggling Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday evening.
Gavin Hunt showed faith with the same eleven that played to a 2-2 draw against Golden Arrows, while Sammy Seabi was the only change for Swallows as Given Thibedi started against his parent club.
Following a tense opening, Chiefs had a sniff at goal from a cross on the right-side with 15 minutes gone but Leonardo Castro misjudged the flight of the delivery by Kgotso Moleko.
Another inviting chance for the Amakhosi went astray five minutes later with Willard Katsande unable to turn in a cross at the far post following a free-kick.
Swallows enjoyed no joy up front with the first half closing in, as the Amakhosi cracked the top of the crossbar two minutes to halftime from a rasping shot by Philani Zulu.
The visitors had the ball in the back of the net in additional time through Daniel Cardoso from a free-kick, but it was disallowed following an infringement.
The Dube Birds pulled in a fresh face at the start of the second half, with Thabo Matlaba introduced for Sifiso Hlanti as the Amakhosi remained unchanged.
Swallows had a decent chance to go in front 12 minutes from the break, but Seabi headed a ball to the near post of the area wide of the mark.
The Amakhosi responded to the slow resumption at the midway point with Khama Billiat running rings around the defence to thread in Lebogang Manyama, but the defence recovered to clear.
Swallows looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck in the latter minutes with Joseph Mhlongo given his debut from the bench and Kamohelo Mahlatsi also entering. The move reaped rewards five minutes from time when Mhlongo beat Moleko to Lebohang Mokoena’s in-swinging cross to volley past Itumeleng Khune with his knee.
Chiefs pushed for an equaliser in the latter stages, but the Dube Birds closed shop to collect the win and top spot, while the
Swallows: Vries, Mere, Hlanti, Letlabika, Ngcobo, Mokoena, Seabi, Mthethwa, Thibedi, Gamildien, Mbokoma.
Subs: Tshabalala, Mosadi, Mahlatsi, Matlaba, Makhanya, Basadien, Nyatama, Mhlongo, Khupe.
Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Cardoso, Mphahelele, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Ngcobo, Manyama, Castro, Billiat.
Subs: Akpeyi, Sasman, Agay, Parker Zuma, Ntshangase, Blon, Sifama, Matsheke.