Full Time: Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Moroka Swallows
Date: 22 October 2014
Venue: FNB Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs dropped their first points in the Absa Premiership this season after coming from a goal behind to draw 1-1 against Moroka Swallows at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.
The draw ends Chiefs’ winning run in the league, but still they remain unbeaten and at the top of the table with 25 points.
Swallows had the first effort on goal in the fifth minute when Lerato Chabangu fired a 24-yard free-kick goalwards, but saw his effort well-saved by Brilliant Khuzwayo.
Chiefs’ first shot on goal came three minutes later when Erick Mathoho let loose with a powerful 30-yard effort that sailed narrowly wide.
The next decent effort on goal came in the 24th minute for Chiefs, but Reneilwe Letsholonyane curled his 25-yard shot just wide of the goal.
Four minutes later Swallows took the lead when former Amakhosi player, Lucky Baloyi, found the back of the net with a 30-yard thunderbolt, 1-0.
Chiefs took control of the match after going behind and Letsholonyane should have restored parity in the 32nd minute when he broke through on goal, but chipped his effort wide with just the keeper to beat.
A minute later Greg Etafia produced a great fingertip save to turn a 24-yard Mandla Masango effort over the crossbar.
The half ended 1-0 in favour of Swallows.
The second half saw Chiefs dominating proceedings and applying pressure from the onset – it seemed only a matter of time before Swallows’ defence cracked.
In the 67th minute the Amakhosi made their pressure tell with a swift passing move which was started by Letsholonyane and also concluded by the midfielder, turning the ball home from six-yards out, 1-0.
Ten minutes later Siphiwe Tshabalala should have given Chiefs the lead when he was set through on goal, but with just the keeper to beat he fired inches wide of the post from ten-yards out.
Chiefs threw numbers forward in search of the winner, but the Swallows defence held firm to earn a share of the spoils.
Kaizer Chiefs: Khuzwayo, Gaxa, Mashamaite, Mathoho, Masilela, Katsande, Tshabalala, Letsholonyane, Lebese (Rusike 82’), Masango, Nkhatha (Mthembu 71’).
Moroka Swallows: Etafia, Mungomeni, Isaacs, Cohen, Mahoa, Sibande (Mandic 71), Baloyi, Phalane, Chabangu (Esterhuizen), Obada (Mabalane 37’), Wana.