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Nergadze (Machapa 69′)
Haschick Ncaca 81′)
Leonard (Lwazi 81′)
MOROKA SWALLOWS 0
0 GOLDEN ARROWS
Competition: ABSA Premiership
Date: 10 November 2010
Venue: Dobsonville Stadium
Struggling Moroka Swallows suffered another major setback on Wednesday night going down 1-0 to the visiting Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership clash played at Dobsonville Stadium.
A goal from the boot of Siyabonga Nkosi in the 76th minute settled the contest for Abafana Besthende and meant that Swallows’ wish of recording their first win of the season remained just a dream.
Prior to this match, there were reports that there was trouble looming for the Birds nest, with the unhappy minority shareholders threatening to disrupt the match and take control of the game because they believe they have been sidelined by the management of Swallows, but surprisingly nothing of that nature transpired.
Judging from their display, it was obvious that Swallows’ coach, Rainer Zobel, has a lot of work on his shoulders if they are to finish the 2010/11 season in a respectable position on the log.
While the visitors left Dobsonville stadium smiling after collecting all the three points on offer, the mood was different in the Swallows camp and it remains to be seen whether Swallows will still hold onto their coach. Zobel has gone seven games without a win and the result means Swallows are still rooted at the bottom of the table with only one point out of the possible 14.
It was a well deserved victory for Arrows who showed little respect for their opponents. The match started at a lively pace with both teams showing no reluctance to launch attacking raids.
Swallows were the first to apply pressure on their opponents with Auguston Leonard and Giorgi Nergadze missing chances in the fifth and 13th minute respectively.
As the game progressed Arrows began to up the ante and it was only through some desperate defending that the home team prevented the visitors from scoring,
In the 20th and 24th minutes, Thamsanqa Gabuza failed to put his side in the driving seat after he was set up by Nkosi and Njabulo Manqana respectively.
At that stage, Arrows were all over their opponents and looked like the first bet to score. Ten minutes later Leonard was unlucky to see his well-taken bicycle-kick goal being disallowed by the referee after he had adjudged one of the Swallows players to have been offside.
Swallows also tried hard to find that important opener, but their pair of strikers, Leonard and Shuan Haschick, seemed to be too inexperienced to break the experienced Arrows central defence manned by Siyabonga Sangweni and Musa Bilankulu.
The half time score was 0-0.
In the second half Arrows sensed weakness in their hosts’ defence, which had conceded 11 goals before Wednesday’s match, and pushed hard for an opener but seemed to run out of ideas upon entering the Swallows’ danger area.
After being set up by Leonard in the 55th minute Haschick could only watch in disbelief after his right-footed shot went wide with the Arrows’ keeper at his mercy.
At some stage of the second stanza, Swallows forced Arrows to conceded three corner kicks in a space of five minutes, but the home side failed to capitalise.
Arrows’ pressure finally yielded dividends in the 76th minute when Nkosi profited from an Itumeleng Duiker pass before beating Greg Etafia hands down to put his side in the driving seat.
After taking the lead, “Abafana Besthende” dominated the proceedings and wouldh have scored more goals had they utilised their chances upfront.
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Shange (Zothwane 83′)
Nkosi (Mlotshwa 66′)