Swallows win at last!

2011-01-15 17:57

Finally, Moroka Swallows broke their virginity in the 2010/11 season of the Absa Premiership after they registered their first victory in 14 matches.

After coming so close before when on the verge of breaking their duck – particularly against Free State Stars last weekend when they conceded an equaliser right at the end – Swallows yesterday held firm against Bidvest Wits to preserve their solitary strike by marksman Siyabonga Nomvethe from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute.

At least luck was on their side this time as David de Oliveira missed a dubious penalty for Wits with four minutes to go.

It wasn’t a pretty win, but it would have been welcomed by both hands as it meant a lot for the die-hard Swallows supporters, who celebrated as if they had won a major trophy.

The Beautiful Birds nearly paid the price of missing two gilt-edged chances which would have given them a comfortable lead. Nomvethe and Leonard Augustine had missed from close range before De Oliveira fired his spotkick into the upright.

Swallows will meet fellow strugglers Mpumalanga Black Aces in their next match, and coach Paul Dolezar was a keen spectator yesterday.

The three points will not, by any chance, take the Birds out of the relegation zone yet, but at least added to the five they had already amassed so far in the campaign. They have now opened a three-point gap over the bottom-placed Aces.

When coach Gordon Igesund took over the reigns he vowed that the club would not get relegated and so far he seems to be on track as he has lost only once in five outings. Now that the club has tasted victory, he will urge his charges to fly even higher to get out of the quagmire. With new players in the nest, Swallows looked a much better side and deserved to win.

Vuyo Mere and Koketso Mmotong justified why Igesund acquired them as they gave Swallows balance and width on the right flank. And it was Mmotong who earned his new club a penalty when he was clipped from behind by Patrick Phungwayo.

However, the match was an absolute bore in the first half, characterised by wayward passing. Even referee Abdul Ebrahim did not make matters any easier with his officiating as he made a couple of blunders, including the disputable Wits penalty.

This was Wits’s second defeat at home and it puts pressure on coach Roger de Sa.

» Today’s fixtures:
AmaZulu vs Golden Arrows (Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, 3.30pm)
Free State Stars vs Platinum Stars (Goble Park, 3.30pm).

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