MOROKA Swallows fought back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win away to Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Birds found themselves down at halftime thanks to Thokozani Sekotlong’s opener, but substitute Siyabonga Nomvethe netted twice late in the game to earn his side all three points.
The result sees Swallows secure their first league win since beating Polokwane City back in late August and hands the Team of Choice their first home loss of the season.
Swallows created the first chance of the match as early as the fifth minute, but Vuyisile Wana was guilty of shooting off target and failing to trouble goalkeeper Virgil Vries.
As the first half wore on, Maritzburg took control of the game and looked the likelier scorers, with Kwanda Mngonyama and Terrence Mandaza both shooting off target.
On 28 minutes the Team of Choice opened the scoring through Thokozani Sekotlong, who provided a neat finish past Greg Etafia after great set-up play by Nhlanhla Vilakazi.
A set piece opportunity for Maritzburg almost saw them double their lead a few minutes before the break, but Ghanaian defender Mohammed Awal put his header over the crossbar.
The Birds again created a scoring chance for Wana soon after the restart, but once more he failed to draw Vries into action.
The speedy Wana made way for the veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe just past the hour mark as Swallows looked to force their way back into the game.
The former Bafana Bafana man had to wait a while to make an impact, but on 84 minutes he was able to head home Luvhengo Mungomeni’s cross to make it 1-1.
A share of the spoils would have represented a good result for the Birds, but they snatched all three on offer when Nomvethe netted his second goal, converting an assist from Lerato Chabangu in injury time to make it 2-1.
Maritzburg United (1) 1 (Sekotlong 28’)
Moroka Swallows (0) 2 (Nomvethe 84’ 90+1’)
Maritzburg: Vries, Mabaso, Paintsil, Awal, Banda, Mngomyama, Cele, Vilakazi (Mkhize 72’), Hartog (Lentjies 80’), Sekotlong, Mandaza (Anas 65’)
Swallows: Etafia, Mungomeni, Isaacs, Cohen, Mahoa, Mabalane (Obada 77’), Sibande, Phalane, Mandic (Baloyi 51’), Chabangu, Wana (Nomvethe 61’)
Meanwhile Orlando Pirates were held to a goalles draw by the University of Pretoria at the Tuks Stadium in Tshwane last night while Ajax Cape Town moved to the second position after they beat the visiting Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at the Cape Town Stadium in another league match also played last night.
The rest of last night’s league results are: Mpumalanga Black Aces 1 v BidVest Wits 2 and Chippa United 1 v Free State Stars 0-Backpage TXT.