Chiefs give Swallows a hiding

A Larry Cohen own-goal and late strikes from George Lebese and Bernard Parker ensured Chiefs maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Absa Premiership table, while Swallows' relegation chances increase.

It was a lively start to the match as both sides – needing three points for different reasons – looked to attack from the onset.

Chiefs looked more fluent than they have in recent matches but still had difficulty finding that final pass in the last third as few chances were created.

However, they were given an easy lead in the 22nd minute when Parker put in an inswinging corner-kick, Cohen and Greg Etafia both went up for the ball at the near-post and Etafia appeared to punch the ball into his own net. The PSL credited the own-goal to Cohen, and Etafia said after the game that it came off the defender.

No noteworthy chances were created during the rest of the half as both sides cancelled each other out in a hard-fought contest in slippery conditions, with Parker unable to find the right delivery from a couple more set-pieces.

The second half brought out far more enterprising play from Chiefs as they looked to secure the result but several chances were still being missed, with Katlego Mphela and Parker in particular the guilty parties.

The Dube Birds retained their hope of getting an equaliser and kept trying to attack the longer Chiefs kept missing opportunities, but eventually the home side's resistance crumbled.

Chiefs' pressure told in the 84th minute when Lebese made it 2-0 with an exquisite chip after Parker played him through on goal following a swift counter-attack.

And it was game over two minutes later when Parker finally got the goal he was looking for, burying into the roof of the net at Etafia's near post after a neat one-two with Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

The result means Chiefs remain eight points ahead of Mamelodi Sudnowns and 11 points clear of Orlando Pirates, both of whom also won their matches on Wednesday.