United concede two goals after losing player

2009-10-19 00:00

MARITZBURG United slumped to their second defeat in succession with a 2-0 Premier Soccer League loss against Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium yesterday.

Both sides had a player sent off. Swallows were reduced to 10 men when defender Ashraf Hendricks hacked down Noah Chivuta for a second time in the match in the 73rd minute to earn his second booking.

United’s dismissal came somewhat unfairly in the 87th minute as Norman Smith seemed to be harshly adjudged to have elbowed Vincent Kobola.

The victory was only Swallows’ third of the season and for United the defeat follows their 5-1 home thrashing to Mamelodi Sundowns a fortnight ago.

United have three home matches coming up — against Jomo Cosmos on Wednesday then Mpumalanga Black Aces and Free State Stars — and will hope for nine points from those to get their season back on track.

Yesterday’s defeat was more disappointing given that United dominated the game until Hendricks’s sending off, and conceded their first goal against the general run of play of the match.

United dominated the first half with five shots at goal to Swallows’ one. The Birds’ only chance of the half came in the seventh minute when Sibusiso Khumalo slipped his shot just wide from a good position.

After the half-hour United came increasingly into the game with winger Rudolf Bester finding space on the left and manufacturing two half-chances, first when Hendricks intercepted the Namibian’s squared pass, then when Bester shot well wide from range.

The visitors should have taken the lead in the 37th minute when right-wing Felix Obada missed a sitter. With Bester again finding space on the left the ball was worked via Norman Smith to Obada free on the right, who miscued his shot wide with just Birds goalkeeper Greg Etafia to beat.

United continued to press at the start of the second half, with Bester and debutant midfielder Bheka Phakathi hitting shots wide from outside the area.

Swallows showed some rare attacking intent when Khumalo cut in from the left and shot powerfully, but straight at United goalkeeper Tashrique Goldman.

In the 63rd minute Smith was put through on the right and shot wide across goal when he had players queuing up in the middle.

Soon after Hendricks’s dismissal Khumalo got a touch onto substitute Ryan Botha’s attempted shot, with Goldman saving well. Then David Radebe cut in past James Madidilani on the right and skewed his shot well off target.

Swallows’ opener came with 11 minutes to go when, after being fed from the right by Radebe, Khumalo’s snapshot from just inside the area beat Goldman at his near post, when the ’keeper should have done better.

The numbers on the field were evened when Smith flapped out with his arm and Vincent Kobola put his hands to his face as if elbowed and the referee fell for the act.

Swallows made it 2-0 in the 90th minute. David Radebe got up unmarked at the near post to head in Ryan Botha’s corner.

Meanwhile, a rousing 2-2 Premier League draw between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Atteridgeville’s Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon produced the kind of pulsating entertainment of old for the 28 000 crowd as a measure of compensation for the failure to gain the much-needed three points.

Katlego Mphela’s brace for Sundowns was sandwiched by superb goals from Knowledge Musona and substitute Siphiwe Tshabalala for Chiefs.

Orlando Pirates’ unbeaten record was sunk by a hard-running Santos who inflicted the first league defeat on Bucs this season, winning 1-0 at a rain-soaked Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Although Bucs dominated possession they never looked like threatening Santos during the first 45 minutes. Santos keeper Tshepo Motsoeneng was outstanding in the second half, and has blossomed since joining Solomons from SuperSport at the start of the season.

 

Saturday: Orlando Pirates 0 Santos 1, Jomo Cosmos 1 AmaZulu 1, Lamontville Golden Arrows 3 Wits University 3, Mpumalanga Black Aces 0 SuperSport United 5, Free State Stars 0 Platinum Stars 1, Mamelodi Sundowns 2 Kaizer Chiefs 2

Yesterday: Moroka Swallows 2 Maritzburg United 0, Ajax Cape Town 1 Bloemfontein Celtic 0

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