By Nomalungelo Phiri | 2023-12-03
Manzini Wanderers………..... (0)1
Mbabane Swallows .........….....(1)3
Soccer – MTN Premier League strugglers Manzini Wanderers were handed their fifth defeat in a row as they went down to a superior Mbabane Swallows side during their 3-1 loss at Mavuso Sports Centre yesterday.
The loss did not stop the Weslians supporters from cheering their players on as they were seen parading in song just after half time as Swallows were leading 1-0.
On form Swallows were a marvel to watch and they had clear intentions of collecting maximum points from the onset.
A first real chance for Wanderers came in the fourth minute through former Denver Sundowns midfielder Mancoba 'Spider' Maseko, whose target hit the crossbar.
Swallows superiority over Wanderers was never in doubt, and victory looked assured from the moment Newman Philiso finished off-goal from a poorly-cleared shot by Wanderers defence in the 14th minute.
Wanderers were constantly exposed and it appeared almost to be too comfortable for Swallows at times, given how often they took an extra touch in front of goal when a more ruthless approach was required. Not that the home side paid a price for over-elaboration. For a moment, Wanderers were dangerous on the counter-attack, particularly through Siphamandla Dhlamini, but rarely troubled Swallows keeper Qiniso Nyawo.
Wanderers in contrast, were grateful to reach the interval having conceded only one goal, as striker Felix Badenhorst missed a number of clear chances.
Swallows quickly doubled the lead after resumption of play from a direct corner kick by Sihlangu defender Kwakhe Tfwala in the 50th minute.
DRC-born striker Samba Orion made it three for the Beautiful Birds in the 68th minute, he came face to face with Wanderers shotstopper Simiso Tsabedze and made no mistake.
It was all Swallows in the final third of the game until Wanderers player Ndumiso Dlamini unleashed a power shot from the left flank to make it 3-1.
There was nothing much done in the late minutes of the game as Swallows held on to the 3-1 lead to ensure they jump to the log summit.
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