Swallows upset Bucs with 3-2 victory

2013-02-27 00:00

SOWETO — Orlando Pirates squandered a two-goal advantage as they were beaten by Moroka Swallows as “the original Soweto derby” ended 3-2 at the Dobsonville Stadium last night.

Sifiso Myeni’s early goal and an Andile Jali penalty was not sufficient after Katlego Mashego, Lefa Tsutsulupa and Lerato Chabangu rallied the Birds back with a goal each.

The loss for Pirates means they are rooted to second place.

Pirates had a dream start to the match as they took the lead in the first minute. A quick counterattack ensued and saw Takesure Chinyama with a through ball to Myeni which was put away past Swallows ’keeper Greg Etafia.

Pirates were handed the chance to double their lead via a penalty kick after Swallows defender Roger Da Costa was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.

Jali was then given the responsibility from 10 metres as he sent Etafia the wrong way with a right-footed low shot in the 37th minute.

Swallows, though, reduced the deficit in the 45th minute as half-time loomed, and it was former Pirates players who made their previous employers pay.

Dikgang Mabalane outran the Pirates defenders on the right flank and sent in a low cross which an unmarked Mashego slotted home from 10 metres.

With a third of the second half already played, the Birds drew level as Mabalane hit a powerful shot from long range which beat Pirates ’keeper Senzo Meyiwa, and then rebounded off the post for Swallows skipper Tsutsulupa to head home from close range.

Swallows then completed their comeback and took the lead through a set play in the 68th minute.

Mashego floated a ball from a free-kick situation into the danger area and Chabangu flicked a header beyond Meyiwa to complete a remarkable comeback, and seal the three points.

Meanwhile, SuperSport United beat AmaTuks 1-0 thanks to Mogogi Gabonamong’s 76th minute strike at the Lucas Moripe Stadium last night.

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