Mshengu late strike sinks Swallows

Thokozani Mshengu scored in injury time to hand AmaZulu their first win of the season as they defeated Moroka Swallows 2-1 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.


Swallows took the lead in the first half through David Mathebula and the hosts levelled matters through Ayanda Dlamini before Mshengu stole maximum points at the death.


The hosts missed a number of chances to take the lead as Ayanda Dlamini fired his shot over the crossbar in the 12th minute, while Mbele saw his shot from a tight angle blocked by a good save from Greg Etafia.


Then in the 31st minute defender Philani Cele showed how dangerous he can be when pushing forward when he fired just wide of the target after collecting a loose ball just outside the box.


Swallows first shot at goal came in the 35th minute when Felix Obada set the ball up for Giorgi Nergadze, but unlike in the MTN8 final on Saturday his shot went well over the target.


Then a minute later the Dube Birds punished the hosts for their lapse in concentration at the back as Mathebula placed his low shot past Philani Zikalala from the edge of the penalty area, 1-0.


Usuthu were the first side to ask questions after the break as Ayanda Dlamini sent his header straight to Etafia in the 51st minute, before Senamela fired just wide of the post a minute later.


Then Swallows were gifted a chance in the 56th minute when a mistake from Cele allowed Nomvethe to have a clear sight of goal, but the veteran striker saw his strike parried wide by Zikalala.


Six minutes later Usuthu thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Mbele went down inside the box under a challenge from Rudi Isaacs, but their appeals fell on deaf ears as referee Phillip Tinyani waved play on.


In the 65th minute Mbele fired his shot just wide of the post, before Marc Van Heerden forced Etafia to punch his in-swinging free-kick to safety.


However, Van Heerden tested Etafia from a more direct angle in the 74th and this time the experienced goalkeeper was unable to keep the ball in his gloves, allowing Ayanda to bury his follow-up shot.


Just when it looked like the two sides would have to settle for a share of the spoils, Usuthu grabbed their first win of the season in the first minute of added time when Mshengu beat Etafia with a left-footed curler, 2-1.



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