Swallows deny Pirates three points

Orlando Pirates failed to avenge their defeat in the first round when they were denied the three points by Moroka Swallows following their 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night.

Goals by Siyabonga Nomvethe and Lehohonolo Majoro ensured the Soweto giants shared the spoils in an fantastic game of football.

Eric Tinkler’s men probed for an early opener when defender Happy Jele combined with Mpho Makola down the right flank, but Rudi Isaacs managed to clear at the back.

For the first time in the Buccaneer’s camp, Kermit Erasmus partnered with Lehohonolo Majoro and their combination troubled Fani Madida’s men.

In the 15th minute, a long pass by Rooi Mahamutsa found Sfiso Myeni, his first touch was brilliant, but his final shot was off target.

The match proceeded with both sides being even in the middle of the park, however, in the 34th minute, Lucky Baloyi’s attempt out of the penalty area was deflected by Siaybonga Nomvethe to beat Brighton Mhlongo to give the hosts the lead.

Towards the interval, the visitors took the game to Swallows, but their efforts to find an equaliser were in vain as Nomvethe’s strike separated the two Soweto giants at halftime.

Swallows started off as the better side of the two, defending well and good in transition, however, they were let down by their decisions in the final third.

Tinkler introduced Thabo Rakhale in the 62nd minute and his moved worked as Jomo revived Pirates’ play with his direct moves to the Swallows defence which created chances for Majoro and Erasmus.

In the 78th minute Rakhale’s pass found Erasmus who placed for Majoro to finish with a neat shot beating the Nigerian keeper.

Just after Major’s goal, Helder Pelembe was introduced.

In the dying minutes, Swallows sat at the back and defended too deep.

The Buccaneers desperately went forward in search of a late winner, but the Dube Birds fought hard to ensure they bag four points from Tinkler’s men this season.

Moroka Swallows: (1) (1) (Nomvethe 34’)

Orlando Pirates: (0) (1) (Majoro 78’)

Teams:

Moroka Swallows: Etafia, Isaacs, Lekgothoane, Savic (Tsutsulupa 72’), Hendricks, Cohen, Esterhuizen (Wana 84’), Mabalane, Baloyi, Nomvethe (Chabangu 75’), Phalane

Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Jele, Phungwayo, Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Sarr, Myeni, Manyisa, Majoro (Pelembe 78’), Makola (Rakhale 62’), Erasmus (Gabuza 81’)