Dube Birds soar to the top of the table

2011-10-29 07:33

Siyabonga Nomvethe struck twice for Moroka Swallows as the Dube Birds continued their comeback season with a 3-2 win over Ajax Cape Town in Dobsonville yesterday night.

Swallows, who spent last season fighting to stay out the relegation zone, remained unbeaten in six matches in all competitions, soaring to the top of the Premiership standings.

The hosts dominated the first half, though Ajax were first to create a real chance, with Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia tipping a shot from Lebogang Manyama over the bar in the 11th minute.

Joseph Makhanya then had an opportunity to give the Birds the lead, but he fired his effort wide to the right.

Three minutes later Nomvethe came close as well, but Ajax keeper Sander Westerveld stretched to keep the ball out with a superb save.

Swallows, however, struck shortly before half-time when Enoch Shabalala was carded in the area and Nomvethe scored from the spot.

The Birds wasted no time after the break, with Giorgi Nergadze firing in their second goal, and nine minutes later Nomvethe scored his second, netting his third brace in four games to give the home side a 3-0 lead.

Ajax put up a valiant fight and Khama Billiat got one back with 15 minutes left as they clawed their way back into the game.

Their efforts were wasted, though, with Thembinkosi Fanteni throwing away two golden chances from the spot.

Fanteni took a penalty in the 78th minute that was saved by Etafia, and after the referee ordered a retake, Etafia was again on form, keeping out the second effort.

Brent Carelse scored from the spot with three minutes left in regulation time, but it was too little too late for the visitors.

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