Swallows leave it late to beat Royal AM

Strydom Wambi © Backpagepix

Swallows FC scored in the final minute of stoppage-time to condemn Royal AM to a 1-0 defeat at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday, on the opening weekend of the 2021/22 DStv Premiership season. 

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The hosts seemed to be heading for an all to familiar draw, but Strydom Wambi scored in the 93rd minute of the match to get the Birds off to a soaring start on home soil in what was a cagey encounter with little to write home about. 

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Swallows conjured the first attempt at goal in the 18th minute of the match. Thabo Matlaba found Ruzaigh Gamildien in the penalty area, but the marksman miscued his resulting effort wide of goal.  


A minute later, the lively Dillan Solomons blazed past his marker before delivering a low cross into Lebohang Mokeona's feet but the veteran midfielder missed the ball with the goal at his mercy. 


Royal AM struggled to create any chances of their own and looked like a team in transition for most part and would've been happy with a point, but Swallows showed last season that they will fight until the last second and got their just reward. 


Matlala Makgalwa found an unmarked Wambi who nodded home past Sipho Chaine with seconds remaining to lead the hosts to all three points on the day. 


Swallows FC (0) 1 (Wambi 90+3') 
Royal AM (0) 0


SWALLOWS FC: Vries; Sasman, Sait, Letlabika, Matlaba, Nyatama, Matlou (Mbokoma 82'), Mokoena, Ndlovu (Saleng 75'), Solomons (Magalwa 58'), Gamildien (Wambi 82'). 


ROYAL AM: Chaine; Matjila, Rikhotso, Lingwati, Baloyi, Phalane, Mashikinya (Van der Ross 90+2'), Mahlasela (Malope 73'), Masuku (Mashiane 63'), Pelembe (Tchilimbou 63'), Mabena.