AmaZulu Back To 2nd, City Up To 6th, Swallows & Pirates Draw
Lehlohonolo Majoro scored a brace as AmaZulu returned to second place as they beat TS Galaxy 2-1, as five DStv Premiership matches were played on Saturday. Cape Town City beat TTM 3-0, but there were 1-1 draws between Swallows and Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and Black Leopards and Stellenbosch and Bloem Celtic.
Black Leopards 1-1 SuperSport United
Leopards and SuperSport continued to struggle for wins as the two teams drew 1-1 at the Thohoyandou Stadium. Neither team has won in eight games.
George Chigova made a huge save in the 3rd minute to deny Ovidy Karuru, after he took advantage of a loose header from Luke Fleurs, and raced clear.
Sipho Mbule put the visitors into the lead, when he bet Jonas Mendes in the 18th minute. He received a cheeky pass from Teboho Mokoena, before beating his defender and finishing.
Chigova pulled off another good save in the 23rd minute to deny Rodrick Kabwe from a free kick, but Leopards were level in the 27th minute as Karuru tapped in after Chigova’s initially saved Wiseman Maluleke’s shot, and that is how the score remained when the halftime whistle blew.
Guily Manziba did well in the 67th minute as he raced from the halfway line into the box, but his final effort was disappointing as he shot over the goal. Kabwe went close in the 72nd minute with his shot from outside the box, but Chigova got his fingertips on the ball and it went narrowly wide.
Bradley Grobler, back from injury came on as second half sub, and had a chance in the 77th minute, but his header lacked power and went straight at Mendes, while Kabwe went close again at the other end five minutes later.
Mokoena forces a saved out of Mendes from a free kick in the 86th minute, while his attempt two minutes later was deflected wide of goal. Themba Ndlovu thought he’d won it for the home team, but after getting the ball in the net, he was ruled offside, and the match ended 1-1
Stellenbosch 1-1 Bloemfontein Celtic
Stellenbosch and Celtic couldn’t be separated at the DC Stadium, as they drew 1-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Bloem Celtic took the lead on the half hour mark, when Jorry Matjila found himself unmarked at the far post and made no mistake.
The visitors led at halftime, thanks to Matjila’s goal.
Stellenbosch were almost level on the hour mark but Ashley Du Preez’s shot was off target and went over the goal.
The home team were awarded a penalty in the 72nd minute and Argentinian Junior Mendieta levelled matters with his spot kick.
Points shared in Stellenbosch.
Swallows 1-1 Orlando Pirates
Swallows and Pirates ended in a stalemate after it ended 1-1 at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday evening.
Vincent Pule forced save from Virgil Vries from a free kick in the 13th minute,Ntsileko Nyauza tried to find the target following up, but went wide.
A minute later Swallows were in the lead. Thulani Hlatshwayo’s headed attempt at clearing Vuyo Mere’s cross went goal-ward and beat Wayne Sandilands and it was an own goal.
Pule had another chance in the 25th minute but he after doing well to get to the end of Abel Mabaso’s cross, he couldn’t find the target.
Njabulo Ngcobo could have made it two in the 33rd minute, but his headed attempt was off target.
Pirates should have been level in the 40th minute, but were denied by the Swallows defence,as well as the woodwork, as Siphesihle Ndlovu’s cross bounced off the upright before Ngcobo and co blocked any follow up efforts. At halftime Swallows held onto the lead.
Hotto broke free in the 55th minute and looked certain to score, but first Vries slowed him down by getting to the ball, before Ngcobo cleared Hotto’s final effort at goal off the line.
Pule went close in the 67th minute, but couldn’t get enough contact on his header, and it flew past the goal. Five minutes later he tried from long range, but was off target.
Ruzaigh Gamildien went close for Swallows in the 73rd minute, but Sandilands made a good save low down.
Pirates were finally level in the 75th minute, as Tshegofatso Mabasa got to the end of a Wayde Jooste cross and headed in powerfully.
Pirates immediately pushed for a winner, but Vries was on hand to first deny Makaringe from close range and then Hlatshwayo’s headed effort two minutes later.
With neither side able to find a winner Pirates remain fourth, and Swallows fifth on the league table.
AmaZulu 2-1 TS Galaxy
Benni McCarthy and AmaZulu extended their unbeaten run to 14 games as they beat TS Galaxy 2-0 at Kings Park Stadium.
Lehlohonolo Majoro put AmaZulu into the lead in the 33rd minute, with a fine goal from an acute angle.
Majoro doubled the lead in the 42nd minute, tapping in from close range, after the ball wasn’t held by Marlon Heugh.
While Galaxy tried to get back into the game, they found a resilient AmaZulu defence, with Veli Mothwa in another good performance in the Usuthu goal.
But Galaxy were finally rewarded, as they were awarded a penalty in stoppage time and Lindokuhle Mbatha made no mistake to score a consolation goal.
The victory sees Usuthu return to second on the table, and move three points behind Mamelodi Sundowns, who play Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.
Cape Town City 3-0 Tshakhuma
Cape Town City moved up to sixth on the table as they beat ten-man TTM 3-0 at Cape Town Stadium, City’s third successive victory.
The home team were awarded a penalty in the 28th minute, but Washington Arubi saved Mdu Mdantsane’s effort. Ayanda Nkili was sent off though, and TTM were down to ten men.
But they were able to hold out until the break, and at halftime it remained goalless.
City went ahead in the 58th minute as their Nigerian import Abdul Ajagun came off the bench to head the home team into the lead.
And they doubled their lead in the 90th minute as Tashreeq Morris tapped in from a Fagrie Lakay cross.
City were awarded another penalty in stoppage time, and Lakay made no mistake to make it three.