Moroka Swallows slumped deeper into the relegation zone after losing 3-0 at home to Kaizer Chiefs at the Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night, in their Absa Premiership encounter. The Dube Birds, who needed the three points more than their Soweto rivals, didn’t show much interest in staging a final stand – to retain their top flight status. It was Chiefs who attacked from the first whistle when in just the third minute Bernard Parker played in a threatening through ball to George Lebese. The pass was too heavy for Lebese to tease with.
Four minutes later the home team’s defence managed to intercept a dangerous pass intended for Lebese who found himself in a scoring position. It was not until the 22nd minute that the game came to life when Greg Etafia punched the ball into his own net while trying to fend off the duo of Katlego Mphela and Tefu Mashamaite as they jumped to head the ball. Siyabonga Nomvethe then missed two chances in the 30th minutes as defenders Eric Mathoho and Siboniso Gaxa made good blocks to protect their goalkeeper.
The score at half-time stood at 1-0 to Amakhosi. The second half began as a dull affair with both teams cancelling each other out. It was not until the 68th minute that a clear scoring chance surfaced when Mphela was too slow off the mark to connect to a powerful cross from Lebese. Eight minutes later Parker hit the post after some good build up from his team.
Two quick goals in the last 10 minutes, one from Lebese and the other from Parker gave Stuart Baxter the three points and some breathing space as the league draws to a close with each game. The Glamour Boys remain top of the table while the struggle for survival continues for the once mighty Birds.