Swallows move top after Galaxy draw


Swallows FC climbed to the top of the DStv Premiership table with a goalless draw against TS Galaxy on Saturday evening.

There were recalls for Virgil Vries, Wandisile Letlabika, Zaphaniah Mbokoma and a debut for Sifiso Hlanti for Swallows, while Galaxy were unchanged from the goalless draw against Kaizer Chiefs two weeks ago.

Galaxy came close towards the half-hour mark when Wayde Lekay rose high from a free-kick on the near side, but the final attempt skewed wide of the far corner.

Nation Ndlovu missed a golden chance to put Galaxy ahead from a gaping goal on 28 minutes after latching onto a loose pass near the area before side-footing wide with Vries in no man’s land.

Swallows were inches close to the breakthrough 38 minutes gone as a first-time header from Ruzaigh Gamildien bounced off the post following a floating ball from the right-side.

The home side finished the first half the strongest, with Gamildien drawing space from a tight angle on the left-side in added time before drilling across the face of goal.

Galaxy came out livelier ten minutes in the second half as Lekay beat Vries to a through ball before firing goal-wards, but Sandile Mthethwa scrambled back to clear off the goal-line.

The Dube Birds looked to change tact as a double substitution 60 minutes in saw Moeketsi Makhanya fill in for Kamohelo Mahlatsi and Mbokoma sacrificed for Thabo Mosadi.

Galaxy were on the charge again six minutes later from an in-swinging corner to the back-post, but Vries scrambled to the near side to smother the danger.

The match was in the balance in the closing minutes with chances going either way, but neither side were able to profit as it finished goalless in Dobsonville.

Confirmed line-ups:

Swallows: Vries, Mere, Letlabika, Ngcobo, Hlanti, Mthethwa, Thibedi, Mahlatsi, Gamildien, Mbokoma.

Subs: Tshabalala, Mosadi, Malinga, Matlaba, Makhanya, Basadien, Nyatama, Seabi, Khupe.

Galaxy: Van de Linde, Bodibe, Msimango, Fransman, Seedat, Mbunjana, Ndlovu, Tshepe, Nyama, Mbatha, Lekay

Subs: Buthelezi, Modisane, Munyai, Matlala, Aubaas, Mogaila, Nduli, Shozi, Macuphu.