Swallows pay for failure to capitalise on long periods of dominance

TTM deny Birds league win with last gasp penalty

Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali tackles Washington Arubi of Tshakhuma FC and Lebohang Mokoena of Swallows FC during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 football match between Swallows and Tshakhuma at Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto on 07 March 2021.
Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali tackles Washington Arubi of Tshakhuma FC and Lebohang Mokoena of Swallows FC during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 football match between Swallows and Tshakhuma at Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto on 07 March 2021.
Image: ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Alfred Ndengane rescued a point for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila with a stoppage-time penalty to force a 1-1 draw against Swallows in an entertaining DStv Premiership encounter played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto yesterday.

Swallows looked to be on their way to clinching the three points when Zaphaniah Mbokoma gave them a first half lead.

But the visitors’ never-say-die attitude saw them force a share of the spoils with Ndengane’s penalty in added time. 

The draw must have felt like a loss to Swallows as they were in control of the game for long periods.

TTM stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to five matches, while Swallows extended their record of draws in the league to 10.

Substitute Phetso Maphanga brought down Dengane inside the penalty area, leaving referee Philagenkosi Khumalo with no choice but to point to the spot. 

Swallows have not won in their past seven league games, drawing six matches and losing once in the process. 

It is a cause for concern for the Soweto-based outfit. They dropped to fifth place with 31 points from 18 matches. TTM are in 14th place with 16 points from 17 matches.

Two weeks ago TTM defeated the Birds on penalties in the Nedbank Cup second round in Polokwane and they later denied them a league double in Soweto (the Birds had beaten them 2-0 at the Thohoyandou Stadium in a league game in November). But they have no-one to blame for failing to win this game.

Swallows were quickest out of the blocks and threatened to open the scoring. Swallows keeper Virgil Vries pulled off two brilliant saves to deny birthday boy Rhulani Manzini the opportunity to open the scoring.

Mbokoma tucked in a rebound to open the scoring for Swallows on the half-hour mark. Keeper Washington Arubi parried Kgaogelo Sekgotha's shot into his path and Mbokoma rolled the ball into an empty net.

Ruzaigh Gamildien nearly doubled the lead a minute later but Arubi denied him.

Swallows were full value for their lead going into the halftime break. However, TTM fought back to earn a deserved draw.

 

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