Truter – All To Play For At Dobsonville
Swallows head coach Brandon Truter admitted his side’s legs were gone after 70 minutes in their 0-0 first leg draw of their MTN8 semi-final against Cape Town City at Athlone Stadium on Sunday.
It was a match dominated by the home team, who had 21 attempts at goal, compared to Swallows’ eight.
But Truter still feels his team had the better chances, but admits his team felt the toll of a long week later in the game.
“Very, very tough game for us very, very tough game,” Truter said after the match.
“I think the first 45 was end to end, both teams looked very good, both teams had chances as well but based on the chances created I think we had the upper hand or created a bit more clear cut chances than them.
“But I think even second half we came out and created the first chance to score, I think it was a three to one situation with Solomons and Gamildien involved there. But that was a problem in the first half, in the second half as well, decision-making in the final third, decision making on counters, but we also showed another side of ourselves today, I think we had a good save defensively.
“I think after 65, 70 minutes around that time from there it was all City, I think our legs were gone, look the traveling back from AmaZulu, midweek game, and then to Cape Town as well, it took its toll on the players. The preparations for this game didn’t go as smoothly as I would like but then again ja, it showed, but coming back from three games in the past week, it really showed today.
“But we managed still to to open up good moments, I think towards the end of the game Keletso still had a chance to sneak a goal but it’s a nil-nil draw that we’re taking home to Dobsonville and we always fancy ourselves at Dobsonville but City is another kettle of fish.
“It’s a very good team as well. Good ballplayers in there, good experience in there as well. It’s also a team that has scored in all their games and even last season, highest goal scoring team as well, but we must be ruthless in the chances we create.
“I think they had one header at the far post. I think Vries made two saves during the full 90, they put a lot of balls into the box but we dealt with it Sipho Sibaya got Man of the Match, we had Yagan Sasman, we had Junaid Sait, who could deal with with that type of threats so we as much as our legs went and they were battling us we manage it and we came away with the scoreless draw.
“So ja, it’s all to play for in the second leg at Dobsonville.”