Stars edge Swallows

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The game never reached any great heights as a spectacle and it was a contrasting night for Swallows striker James Chamanga, who netted five times in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, but hardly got a sniff in this match and was substituted on 84 minutes.

The only goal was scored by Colombian Luis Renteria, who netted a penalty after Stanley Kgatla was brought down by visiting goalkeeper Greg Etafia in the second half.

But Kgatla was lucky not to receive a red card on 19 minutes when his terrible over-the-top challenge on Brent Geyer was only punished with a yellow, before Renteria almost broke the deadlock on 29 minutes when his low shot was saved by Etafia.

At the other end, Mark Haskins fired in a powerful drive from 30-yards that tested Wayne Sandilands, but the Stars keeper got his body behind the shot.

Tsepo Ramokala received a yellow card for simulation just before halftime as the Stars midfielder looked for a penalty with a dramatic fall, before Sandilands had to be smart to palm over a dipping header from Sandile Ndlovu shortly after halftime.

The home side were then awarded a penalty on 53 minutes when Etafia recklessly brought down Kgatla and deservedly received a yellow card. Renteria slotted the spot-kick to score his first goal in seven matches for The Tycoons.

Ndlovu saw his well-struck free-kick from 35 yards sail just over the crossbar as Swallows continued to apply the pressure.

Cecil Oerson was lucky not to receive a red card for a blatant stamp on the arm of Soloman Mathe with 20 minutes to go. If the referee had a clear view of the incident, Oerson surely would have walked.

But in the end Stars did enough to hold onto the win on a night of few chances and move into the top five, while Swallows slip down to ninth.