Swallows FC kept up their unbeaten status in the DStv Premiership with a 1-1 draw away to Cape Town City on Sunday afternoon.
The clash at Cape Town Stadium saw the Birds, who ended the game with 10 men, register a fifth successive draw and extend their unbeaten start to the season to 16 matches, while the Citizens have now gone four league outings without a win. Swallows remain in third place on 30 points – six adrift of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns – while City are seventh on 24 points.
Swallows looked the more dangerous team in the opening stages and duly claimed the lead in the 13th minute. Wide attacker Kgaogelo Sekgota cut inside from the right flank and scored with a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area which beat City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh at his near post.
The 20 minute mark saw City register their first effort on target – a tame header from Mduduzi Mdantsane which was easily saved by Thela Ngobeni – as they gradually began to gain a foothold in the game.
Just past the half-hour mark the hosts were awarded a debatable penalty when Thabo Nodada appeared to tumble rather easily in a challenge with Njabulo Ngcobo. Mdantsane nonchalantly stroked home the spot kick to make it 1-1 in the 33rd minute.
No further significant chances arrived at either end in the remainder of the first half, leaving the teams level at the interval. The opening quarter hour of the second stanza continued in the same fashion, before the Birds blinked first by introducing both Musa Nyatama and Thabo Mosadi off the bench.
Nyatama soon had a shooting chance when he was teed up by Ruzaigh Gamildien, but his effort deflected off a defender and travelled just wide of the target.
On 66 minutes referee Victor Gomes perhaps harshly showed a straight red card to Swallows defender Junaid Sait for a challenge with Bradley Ralani, and followed it up with another dismissal for a technical team member on the visitors’ bench.
City, with a numerical advantage, went on the hunt for the win and even boosted their attack with the introduction of Justin Shonga off the bench. However, it was 10-man Swallows who actually looked the likelier scorers, with substitute Thabo Mosadi notably missing a fine chance on 87 minutes.
Ultimately the teams settled for a 1-1 draw and a share of the spoils. Swallows will return to DStv Premiership action on Tuesday 2 March with a clash at TS Galaxy, while City will visit Chippa United the following day.
Cape Town City (1) 1 (Mdantsane 33’ pen)
Swallows FC (1) 1 (Sekgota 13’)
City: Leeuwenburgh, Martin, Fielies, Cupido (Mobara 69’), Potouridis, Makola, Mokeke (Shonga 73’), Nodada, Mdantsane (Morris 84’), Ralani, Lakay
Swallows: Ngobeni, Mere, Ngcobo, Sait, Matlaba, Mokoena, Mthethwa (Sibiya 70’), Thibedi (Nyatama 59’), Sekgota (Mahlatsi 78’), Basadien (Mosadi 59’), Gamildien (Malinga 78’)