We finished off 2021 with a draw against The Dube Birds at Dobsonville Stadium tonight in a game that saw us fight back from 2 goals down to secure the point.
The first 45 of the game started off slow for both sides as we attempted to gauge what each others game plan was. This saw some scrappy midfield play before the game came to life. Swallows, with new coach Dylan Kerr on the bench for the first time, opened the scoring in the 21st minute as Mahlatsi slotted a rebound following an initial strike from Musonda.
We attempted to respond quickly and while we had a number of decent attacking plays involving Sibiya, Dlamini, Mmodi and Gumede, we were just not able to find the finish we needed. Ngobeni, the last line of defense for the home side worked hard between the sticks to deny our attempts.
We then went 2 down after a corner from Basadien was slotted in on the near post by Musonda.
Returning to play after the break and making some changes, we seemed immediately more alive and pulled out forst goal back just 4 minutes after the break as Gumede headed past Ngobeni.
We looked more comfortable on the park and began attacking the home side as much as possible in an attempt to first equalise and then find a winner.
Gumede then managed to get a brace off a cut back pass off a free kick from Mtshali in the 76th minute. We created some solid opportunities after that, and had Ngobeni block a potential winner from Mutizwa and later Mmodi hit the post in an attempt to win.
The team will have a break now until Wednesday February 16th when we get back into the action at Orlando Stadium against The Bucanneers.
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