Chiefs edge Swallows in five-goal thriller

2012-11-21 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Moroka Swallows couldn’t keep Lehlohonolo Majoro at bay as he broke the Birds’ hearts with a goal deep inside stoppage time to see Kaizer Chiefs win 3-2 at FNB Stadium in their PSL clash last night.

Chiefs came into the game unbeaten and they proved why they deserved to be in first place when they found the back of the net in the seventh minute.

Swallows’ defence couldn’t cope with the speed of Siphiwe Tshabalala and Lehlohonolo Majoro, who combined beautifully before the latter sliced in a cross from the edge of the box to meet Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who tapped it in with ease.

The game started to pick up some pace and flare and it was Swallows who threw themselves right back into the match. It was a 33rd minute strike by Lerato Chabangu, who calmly drove in a low effort inside the far post.

The derby atmosphere was electric in the stadium and it was only further heightened five minutes later after “Yeye” completed his brace. Bernard Parker was the man supplying the pass, in what was a deadly assist which left it all too easy for Letsholonyane to hit it home.

The Birds needed to make a comeback fast at the start of the second half and nearly did when Bennet Chenene went on a great run on the flank, which saw him cut into the box and round defenders, only for his effort to be denied by Khune.

Chenene only caused further trouble for Chiefs when he gave Swallows a deserved equaliser, on the hour mark, when he hit home a snapshot from an excellently supplied Giorgi Nergadze cross from inside his own half.

Moments later, Stuart Baxter responded by making a double substitution in the shape of Kingston Nkhatha and Siyabonga Nkosi, while Greg Etafia pulled off an excellent save with his right foot off a Tshabalala shot.

Seven minutes of stoppage time was added at the end and it was Chiefs who capitalised when Majoro headed home the winner in the final minute.

Meanwhile, Wits and Ajax Cape Town played out to a 0-0 draw in their Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium.

In a game lacking in many genuine chances, both sides woke up in the final quarter in a desperate attempt to snatch the victory.

Wits were the more attacking side in the second half, while Ajax worked well on the counterattack. Ultimately, neither side could break the deadlock and were forced to settle for a draw.

Also last night, a goal two minutes from time by Andile Mbenyane propelled Chippa United to a 2-1 win over Platinum Stars at the Athlone Stadium.

The home side took the lead in the 30th minute when Larry Cohen struck with a wonder goal from 30-yards out, finding the top corner.

However, a moment of misfortune was to prove costly to the Chilli Boys as Martin Moonsamy put the ball into his own net with a misplaced back pass in the 40th minute. Andile Mbenyane got on the end of Diego Brown’s freekick within two minutes of regulation time.

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