Sundowns edge Swallows

By Drum Digital
01 December 2013

A brace from Mamelodi Sundowns striker Katlego Mashego guided his team to a comfortable 2-1 victory over Moroka Swallows in a Premiership clash at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday afternoon.

Mashego scored either side of half-time against his former team, as Sundowns consolidated top spot in the league standings, which puts them two points ahead of next best Kaizer Chiefs.

Lerato Chabangu pulled a goal back late in the second half from a stunning free-kick, but it was not enough, as Sundowns held on for all three points.

The hosts struggled to find their rhythm early on as Swallows' robust defensive effort quelled all of the Brazilians' visits into the opposing half.

Chances were hard to come by for either teams, as Cuthbert Malajila, Teko Modise and Khama Billiat all enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening 25 minutes, but managed few attempts on goal.

For Swallows, Chabangu was looking lively in the middle of the field, while Siyabonga Nomvethe and Felix Obada had to settle for little in the way of opportunities.

Larry Cohen came close for Swallows on the half-hour mark, which sparked the game into action.

First Chabangu forced a solid save out of Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, before Malajila clipped the side-netting less than a minute later, as the home side went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock.

The Birds were handed a blow 10 minutes from half-time, after Nomvethe and Mweene had a nasty collision on the edge of the area, which forced the veteran striker from the field and straight into the change-room.

Nomvethe eventually returned, but not before Sundowns took the lead through Mashego, before the interval.

Sundowns capitalised on their numerical advantage and soon went ahead, after a defensive blunder gifted the hosts with the opener.

Cohen was caught in possession and robbed by Malajila, before Billiat centred a well-placed pass to Mashego, who slotted home into an empty net, with Greg Etafia stranded and nowhere near Mashego's accurate finish.

The Soweto side were forced to complete the game with 10 men, but still got on the score-sheet courtesy of Chabangu's curled effort from outside the area.

-SAPA

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