Swallows stun Pirates in hot derby
Moroka Swallows completed a remarkable comeback as they defeated Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates 3-2 at the Dobsonville Stadium in an Absa Premiership match on Tuesday evening.
Pirates took a 2-0 lead through goals by Sifiso Myeni and an Andile Jali penalty, but Swallows came back with Katlego Mashego, Lefa Tsutsulupa and Lerato Chabangu all finding the net for the Birds.
Myeni gave the Buccaneers the lead after only 60 seconds on the clock.
Pirates bulldozed the Swallows midfield with Takesure Chinyama laying the final pass into the path of the former Bidvest Wits winger and he coolly slotted home with a low shot, 1-0.
Two minutes later Daine Klate was unmarked at the far post on the left flank and hit a left footed volley into the ground which nearly beat Swallows keeper Greg Etafia as he parried it away for a corner.
In the 25th minute of the match Etafia kept Swallows in the match when he turned over a Klate free-kick which was dipping from 20-yards out in the centre of the field.
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Pirates were handed an opportunity to increase their lead in the 36th minute when Swallows defender Roger da Costa was unfortunately judged to have handled in the penalty box after the ball rebounded off his hand whilst attempting a clearance.
Jali stepped up take the penalty and sent Etafia the wrong way with a low right footed shot as Pirates led 2-0 in the 37th minute.
However, on the stroke of halftime the Birds pulled a goal back through Mashego.
Dikgang Mabalane unlocked the Pirates defenders when his agility paid off as he out-paced them on the right wing and crossed for Mashego to calmly finish from 12-yards as he tapped into the far post with his left foot, 2-1.
On the hour mark, Swallows got the all-important equaliser.
Mabalane unleashed a rocket shot from long range which came off the post, but Tsutsulupa was there to head home from close range into an empty net, 2-2.
The turnaround was in full swing as the home side, who were two goals down were took the lead in the 68th minute.
Chabangu headed the Birds into a 3-2 lead after a free-kick was threaded into the box to see the Dube Birds complete a great comeback and hand them the three points.
Moroka Swallows (1) 3 (Mashego 45’, Tsutsulupa 60’, Chabangu 68’)
Orlando Pirates (2) 2 (Myeni 1’, Jali 37’ pen)
Swallows: Etafia, Da Costa, Lekgothoane, Cohen, Mapemba; Kumalo, Tsutsulupa, Mabalane, Chabangu (Machapa 84’); Mashego (Chenene 75’), Nomvete (Obada 94’)
Pirates: Meyiwa, Jele, Matlaba, Gcaba, Lekgwathi; Jali, Manyisa, Myeni (Segolela 79’), Klate; Mbuyane (Ntshumayelo 67’), Chinyama (Mbesuma 69’)