Goals aplenty in MTN8 semi

2012-08-18 21:06

Sundowns claw their way back against Swallows

The Brazilians had to dig deep to come back from behind on three occasions to hold the Dube Birds to a draw in this MTN8 semifinal first leg.

Many had written off Swallows after their league loss to North West side Platinum Stars and Downs’ 4-1 trouncing of Kaizer Chiefs.

The two sides will meet once more in the second leg at Dobsonville Stadium.

Sundowns were the first to have a clear cut chance in the 6th minute from a Teko Modise corner kick which was headed towards goal by Method Mwanjale.

Gilbert Mapemba cleared with goalkeeper Greg Etafia well beaten.

Swallows counter-attacked straight from that corner kick and carved the Sundowns’ defence open through a pass by Lerato Chabangu who found Felix Obada in the box.

He easily beat Wayne Sandiland in the 7th minute to lead 1-0.

Two minutes later Swallows were on the scoresheet again through defender Ashraf Hendricks, who headed in a corner kick from Chabangu, a former Sundowns player, to make it 2-0.

The home side forced their way back in the 16th minute with a penalty after Hendricks was judged to have handled the ball in the box.

Modise had to retake the spot kick after Etafia saved the initial one.

From here on in Sundowns pressed for more goals but their strikers seemed to be running out of ideas when they approached the box.

In the 24th minute it was Swallows who could have increased the lead but Obada failed to finish off a clear chance with only Sandilands to beat.

In the 35th minute Modise received a perfect pass from Elias Pelembe inside the box but he shot way over the bar. As if that was not enough, a minute later he received another cross from Punch Masenamela and once again completely ballooned the ball.

Swallows resorted to a more defensive approach in the second half and this gave Sundowns more space to attack.

In the 52nd minute a good move from the left by Masanamela resulted in a cross by Pelembe but Edward Manqele headed it over the bar with only Etafia to beat.

But, finally, they found the equaliser when Hlompho Kekana scored in the 64th minute after some good inter-passing with Sangweni just outside the box.

It became worse for Sundowns in the 75th minute when Bennett Chenene scored Swallows’ third goal.

As Sundowns were looking for an equaliser they brought in Musa Nyatama for Kekana and Swallows took out Chabangu for Oscar Machapa.

Sundowns made another change bringing in Anthony Laffor for Langerman.

In a move that surprised many, Sundowns took out Esrom Nyandoro who was playing in defence for Clayton Daniels.

However, Manqele brought Sundowns back into the game when he scored the equaliser in the 85th minute from an acute angle.

The player missed another clear chance a minute later and that proved to be the last chance of the match before Daniel Bennett blew the final whistle.

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