DStv Premiership match report Royal AM v Swallows 06 March 2022

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Royal AM struck in the dying stages of the second half to secure a 1-0 win over Swallows FC in the DStv Premiership on Sunday afternoon.

Bar their impressive run of form on all fronts, there were no alterations in the Royal AM line-up while the Dube Birds had veteran Lebohang Mokoena as their only change.

Swallows targeted the opener in the first five minutes through a half-volley on the near side of the area by Khethukuthula Ndlovu, but it was repelled by goalkeeper Hugo Nyame.

There was another opportunity that arrived for the Dube Birds a little later when a long-range drive from Givemore Khupe narrowly shaved the far corner of the net.

Royal AM looked alive again in the closing periods of the half and threatened the lead through a low overhead kick in the area by Mxolisi Macuphu, but he went wide of target.

As the first half finished goalless, the Dube Birds provided a strong start to the second period and nearly went ahead through Kamohelo Mahlatsi following a mazy run into the danger area.

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=7. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar, Mbulelo Ma
=7. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar, Mbulelo Mabizela, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie & Teboho Mokoena – 2 goals each
2. Philemon Masinga – 6 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 6 goals
=5. Benni McCarthy – 3 goals
=5. Benni McCarthy – 3 goals
=5. Delron Buckley – 3 goals
=5. Delron Buckley – 3 goals
4. Sibusiso Zuma – 4 goals
4. Sibusiso Zuma – 4 goals
1. Shaun Bartlett – 7 goals
1. Shaun Bartlett – 7 goals
3. Bernard Parker – 5 goals
3. Bernard Parker – 5 goals

Opportunities from the two outfits continued to fall minutes later where a snap volley by Given Mashikinya flew over for AM before Mwape Musonda directed a loose delivery wide.

Swallows freshened up their initial playing personnel midway in the second half, as Grant Margeman entered for Mokoena and Thandani Ntshumayelo filled in for Mahlatsi.

Maduka’s men remained calm granted the tough nature from the visitors and had a few chances through Mfundo Thikazi, which Thela Thela gathered.

Royal AM were required to finish the match with ten players towards the last ten minutes after Zukile Mkhize was given his marching orders for a foul on Keletso Makgalwa.

The reduced playing personnel weren’t a problem for the hosts, who grabbed the winner in the dying minutes through a half-volley from Elias Pelembe that left Swallows shattered.

Confirmed line-ups:

Royal AM: Nyame, Mkhize, Matlaba, Nascimento, Potsane, Mashikinya, Manganyi, Phalane, Mahlasela, Macuphu, Letsoalo

Subs: Mpoto, Masuku, Thikazi, Pelembe, Msomi, Monamodi, Mabena, Mabuza, Ncobeni

Swallows: Ngobeni, Solomons, Letlabika, Sasman, Basadien, Mokoena, Khupe, Mahlatsi, Saleng, Ndlovu, Musonda

Subs: February, Mohamme, Nyatama, Wambi, Mbhele, Ntshumayelo, Margeman, Makgalwa, Malinga