Moroka Swallows’ recent winning run came to a crashing end when they suffered a 4-0 loss to AmaZulu at the Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday.
|Lekgothoane and Majoro © Backpagepix
Three goals came in the opening half as in Ramson Zhuwawo, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Ayanda Dlamini capitalised on a shaky Birds rearguard. Dlamini added the fourth in second half injury time.
The KZN side went ahead in only the third minute when Swallows were unable to clear a corner which resulted in Zhuwawo scoring after a goal-mouth scramble.
AmaZulu drove home their advantage in the 13th minute, leaving Swallows reeling at 2-0 down.
Dlamini may only have had three goals to his name this season before this game, but he showed his value to the team as he raced into a good position to receive the ball before cleverly setting up Majoro, who was able to sweep the ball along the ground and into the net.
Shapahu should have made it 3-0 inside 20 minutes, but the Namibian could not add to his six-goal tally for the season as he headed wide from right in front of goal.
Swallows were looking less like the side that has fought its way off the bottom of the log with a mini-revial in recent weeks and more like a team destined to battle relegation as their defence left a lot to be desired.
Shapahu wasted another chance when he was left wide open in the 25th minute, but he volleyed wide.
But after 36 minutes Usuthu inflicted more damage, Dlamini getting his reward as he turned the ineffectual Ashraf Hendricks inside out before squeezing in a shot at the near post.
Coach Gordon Igesund bravely made two half time changes, meaning that he had no more options off the bench after Lefa Tsutsulupa had been forced off with injury in the first half.
Swallows thought they had pulled a goal back in the 65th minute, but when its not your day, well, its not your day.
Keegan Ritchie’s shot took a touch off Tshepo Ramokala before finding the net, but the decision, which appeared the right one, was that Ramokala was off-sides.
Seven minutes later Ritson missed a sitter when a couple of AmaZulu defenders failed to connect with a cross, but the shot from ten yards was ballooned into the stands.
But there was soon cause for concern in Swallows defence as goal keeper Aubrey Mathibe found himself in no-man’s land and was lucky to see Shipahu’s angled drive hit the bar.
Two minutes from time the home side were denied a consolation goal when Pere Ariweriyai made a stunning headed clearance on his own goal-line to keep out Giorgi Nergadze slammed shot – summing up a dismal afternoon for the Birds.
This was underlined in injury time when Dlamini netted his brace, finishing coolly by curling the ball around Mathibe after racing clean through on goal.
Moroka Swallows (0) 0
AmaZulu (3) 4 (Zhuwawo 3’, Majoro 13’, Dlamini 37’, 90’ +2)
Swallows (4-5-1): Mathibe; Mere, Mphahlele, Hendricks (Leonard 46’), Lekgothoane; Mmotong, Nergadze, Shivambu (Ritchie 46’), Tsutsulupa (Ramokala 30’), Machapa; Ritson
AmaZulu (4-3-3): Mzimela; Mokoro, Ariweriyai, Sangweni, Hadebe; Zhuwawo (S Gumede 79’), Sikhakhane, Mbele (Vilane 67’), Dlamini, Shipahu (Mnyingwa 75’), Majoro