Original Soweto derby ends in draw

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In the original Soweto derby, Orlando Pirates and Swallows FC played out to a 1-1 draw at the Orlando stadium in Soweto. In another DSTV Premiership encounter on Sunday afternoon, Bloemfontein Celtic and Amazulu also settled for a share of the spoils as their match finished with one goal apiece in Bloemfontein.

Swallows came into this match with 21 points in nine matches and comfortably sitting second on the standings behind Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pirates were keen to add to their 13 points and cover the ground on the leading pack.

The Dube Birds took the game to Pirates in the opening stages, eager to open the scoring. But the Buccaneers were not to be outdone in their own backyard.

The Dube Birds kept on asking the questions. There was no doubt that the visitors were bossing ball possession and attempts at goal.

Early in the second half, again, Swallows took the initiative, but Wayne Sandilands was equal to the task. The visitors were, however, not deterred.

After that, Pirates were piling on the pressure. Five minutes from time, the home side was celebrating Ben Motshwari’s brilliant strike.

In stoppage time, Swallows found the equaliser to maintain their unbeaten run so far this season.

Amazulu vs Celtic

AmaZulu, under the stewardship of Benni McCarthy, were looking to displace Baroka FC in the top eight position on the standings when they travelled to Bloemfontein Celtic.

At the beginning of the match, Amazulu was in position nine on the log with nine points from eight encounters while Celtic was in eleventh place with eight points from as many matches.

Midway through the first half, Ndumiso Mabena was in a good position to open the scoring, only to be let down by his technic.

After winning a free-kick just over the centre-line, Siwelele pumped the ball forward and broke the deadlock in the process.

In the second half, Celtic had a glorious chance to extend their lead, but Victor Letsoalo missed from a point-blank range. The Green-and-white were made to rue that missed chance as Zambian forward, Augustine Mulenga, made it 1-1.

The two sides settled for a share of the spoils.