Reports

Moroka Swallows

2

Nomvethe 6, Nomvethe 12(pen)

Platinum Stars

1

Botes 73(pen)
KO: 12/05/2012 - 15:00 | Venue: Dobsonville Stadium
Nomvethe: Unstoppable

Nomvethe: Unstoppable

Moroka Swallows kept their PSL title hopes alive with a Siyabonga Nomvethe-inspired 2-1 win over Platinum Stars at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Their veteran striker scored a brace inside 12 minutes to put the Dube Birds in the lead, with Henrico Botes pulling one back for Dikwena from the penalty spot.

Bennett Chenene made a good run on the flank in the sixth minute, sending in an excellent cross that Nomvethe smashed into the back of the net with his right foot to give Swallows the lead.

Six minutes later, the 34-year-old's pace proved too much for Tshepo Moloto who resorted to bringing down the Birds ace illegally.

The referee awarded a penalty to the home side which Nomvethe duly converted to give Gordon Igesund's team an early 2-0 advantage.

With that strike, Nomvethe also extended his tally to 20 goals this season which puts him in a good position to bag the Golden Boot award at the end of the campaign.

Dikwena had a chance to pull one back in the 26th minute after Ashraf Hendricks brought down Botes, but Thuso Phala's powerful drive from the resultant set-piece found goalkeeper Greg Etafia impenetrable.

The visitors' persistence finally bore fruit with eight minutes to go in the encounter when the referee adjudged Luvhengo Mungomeni to have blocked the ball with his hands.

The defender was subsequently sent off and Botes tucked in the resultant spot-kick to make it 2-1.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, the Birds clung on for victory which left them fighting a two-horse race with Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates for the Premier Soccer League crown.

The Buccaneers remain two points clear at the top of the standings with a 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in a simultaneous fixture.

Swallows

  34 Etafia
  6 Hendricks
yellow card Isaacs
  2 Mungomeni
  31 Lekgothoane
  15 Chenene sub *** (90)
  12 Tsutsulupa
  Makhanya sub * (58)
  24 Mathebula
  6 Chabangu sub ** (76)
  10 Nomvethe

On The Bench

  33 Mathibe
  16 Da Costa sub ***
  Mayinga
yellow card 15 Machapa sub *
  Sibaya sub **
  Twala
  Maleka

Platinum Stars

  Mabokgwane
  8 Mere
  2 Ngwepe
  14 Moloto
  28 Mathe
  21 Phala
  26 Semenya
  20 Nyauza sub * (53)
  3 Msomi
yellow card 24 Mbatha sub ** (68)
  9 Botes sub *** (90)

On The Bench

  99 Mpontshane
  12 Mkhabela
  32 Thwala
  12 Sambu
  18 Mthembu sub ***
  Jembula sub **
  Paulse sub *
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