SWALLOWS RETURN TO WINNING WAYS, ADD TO LEOPARDS’ WOES

Swallows FC snapped a nine-game 2020-21 DStv Premiership winless run with a 1-0 victory over Black Leopards at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday.

Daniel Gozar converted from the penalty spot to move the Dube Birds up to fourth on the league standings while Lidoda Duvha remain in bottom spot, six points from safety.

Both teams showed attacking intent from the onset, but with little end product. That changed in the 31st minute as Kgaogelo Sekgota drifted in field before shooting at goal, but Jonas Mendes was well positioned to make an easy save.

Leopards conjured a chance of their own in the 40th minute but a heavy touch by Rodney Ramagalela allowed Wandisile Letlabika to track back a make a crucial sliding tackle.

The visitors created another opportunity on the cusp of halftime as Ramagalela fizzed a low cross across the face of goal, but Tumelo Khutlang could only succeed in guiding the ball over the crossbar from close range.

Gozar had the ball in the back of the net two minutes after the interval, but the goal was rightfully chalked off for offside.

Swallows continued to push for the opener and Mendes made an unorthodox save to deny Vuyo Mere from close range just short of the hour mark.

The hosts got their just reward in the 63rd minute. Swallows were rewarded a penalty after Isaac Masia brought down Sekgota inside the area. Gozar stepped up to the spot and made no mistake to give the Soweto club the lead.

Leopards were unable to create any noteworthy chances in the closing stages as Swallows ultimately held on for all three points.

Swallows FC (0) 1 (Gozar pen. 62′)

Black Leopards (0) 0

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