Swallows suffer first league loss

Premiership

TS Galaxy came from behind to end Swallows’ unbeaten run in the DStv Premiership with a 2-1 win on Tuesday evening.

Captain Lebohang Mokoena, Thabo Matlaba and Zaphaniah Mbokoma returned to the Dube Birds line-up following their Nedbank Cup exit, as Galaxy handed Marks Munyai a start.

Galaxy looked for a promising start straight from kick-off through a low rasping shot from Lindokuhle Mbatha, but goalkeeper Virgil Vries saved before Mxolisi Macuphu fired over from a good area.

The home side didn’t stop threatening towards the midway stage following the swift momentum as Munyai struck the crossbar from good combination play with Mlungisi Mbunjana.

Swallows remained on the back-foot moments later after Wayde Lekay flashed a golden opportunity from the right beyond target following a through ball by Munyai.

The Dube Birds overcame their disjointed first half and grabbed the lead from the penalty spot through Ruzaigh Gamildien two minutes from the restart after Mbokoma went down in the area.

Galaxy also received a penalty and a chance to go level seconds later following a coming-together in the area, but the decision was overturned by the assistant referee.

This decision didn’t seem to affect the Rockets who continued to throw numbers at the visitors in pursuit of the equaliser as the closing stages approached.

Swallows introduced fresh faces from the bench near the last 20 minutes in Thabo Mosadi for Mbokoma and Tlakusani Mthethwa instilled for Mokoena.

The Rockets secured the equaliser five minutes before time from a smart finish by Mbatha as the visitors failed to clear their lines.

The comeback was completed minutes later when Bevan Fransman found the winner with a smart finish to bring Swallows’ unbeaten run in the league to an end.

Confirmed line-ups:

Galaxy: Huegh, Mahlangu, Fransman, Msimango, Aubaas, Mbunjana, Pholongo, Munyai, Mbatha, Lekay, Macuphu

Subs: Van der Linde, Bodibe, Modisane, Matlala, Nduli, Mahlangu, Letsholonyane, Shozi, Nyama.

Swallows: Vries, Matlaba, Ngcobo, Sibiya, Hlanti, Mahlatsi, Nyatama, Mokoena, Sekgota, Mbokoma, Gamildien.

Subs: Ngobeni, Khupe, Seabi, Mthethwa, Mosadi, Malinga, Mhlongo, Basadien, Mere

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