Swallows hit rock bottom

Siyabonga Nkosi scored for Arrows on 76 minutes, killing Swallows’ dream of registering their first win of the season, and continuing their nightmare start to the 2010/11 Absa Premiership.

Prior to this match, there were reports that there was trouble looming for the Birds, with the unhappy minority shareholders threatening to disrupt the match and take control of the game because they believe they have been sidelined by the management but surprisingly nothing of that nature transpired.

While the visitors left Dobsonville Stadium smiling after collecting all the three points on offer, the mood was different in the Swallows camp and it remains to be seen whether they will hold on to their coach, Rainer Zobel.

It was a well deserved victory for Arrows, who showed little respect for their opponents.

Both teams attacked from the first whistle but were very cautious not to concede an early goal.

Swallows were the first to ask questions of their opponents with Auguston Leonard and Giorgi Nergadze missing chances in the fifth and 13th minutes, but The Birds lost momentum as the game went on.

As the game progressed Arrows began to up the ante and it was only through some desperate defending that the home team prevented the visitors from scoring.

However, Arrows didn’t allow themselves to be pushed around as they launched one attack after another via Siyabonga Nkosi, Philani Shange and Thamsanqa Gabuza.

In the 20th and 24th minutes, Gabuza failed to put his side on the driving seat, after he was set up by Siyabonga Nkosi and Njabulo Manqana respectively, something that left the Arrows coach Zoran Filipovic with more questions than answers.

Swallows also tried hard to find that important opener, but their strikers, Auguston Leonard and Shaun Haschick, seemed to be too inexperienced to break the experienced Arrows central defence manned by Siyabonga Sangweni and Musa Bilankulu.

In the second half, Arrows sensed weakness in their hosts’ defence, which had conceded 11 goals before Wednesday’s match, and pushed hard for an opener but seemed to run out of ideas on entering the danger area.

After being set up by Leonard in the 55th minute Haschick could only watch in disbelief after his right footed shot went wide with Arrows’ keeper at his mercy.

At some stage of the second stanza, Swallows forced Arrows to concede three corner kicks in a space of five minutes, but the home side failed to capitalise.

Arrows’ pressure finally yielded dividends in the 76th minute when Siyabonga Nkosi profited from Itumeleng Duiker’s quality pass before beating Greg Etafia hands down to put his side in the driving seat.