Another stalemate as Swallows stutter against City
Run of draws takes the wind out of Soweto club’s sails
A run of five successive Premiership draws for the once high-flying Swallows FC has taken the wind out of their sails as the promoted Soweto club played to yet another stalemate‚ this time away at Cape Town City on Sunday.
Kgaogelo Sekgotla scored his first Premiership goal early in the first half to give Swallows the lead at Cape Town Stadium‚ but City equalised after the half-hour through Mduduzi Mdantsane.
Thabo Nodada won a penalty for the home side and the attacking midfielder Mdantsane stepped up to convert an impressive ninth league goal of the season to force a share of the points.
Promoted Swallows took to life in the top division like a duck to water under coach Brandon Truter as they went blow-for-blow with champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the standings from day one until the end of the first round during the Christmas break.
But a run of two wins in eight Premiership matches since the start of the new year has seen Swallows fly low and fall behind.
They started the new year with a home 3-2 success over Cape Town City on January 5. They were impressive in their 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates on January 10 before returning to winning ways when they beat Baroka FC 1-0 in Polokwane on January 16.
But they have not won a league match since and a run of five draws on the bounce followed to peg them back.
Swallows remain third on the log on 30 points‚ two behind second-placed SuperSport United and trail Sundowns by six points.
Having played eight matches in all competitions in eight weeks‚ it appears the congested fixture schedule is starting to take its toll. But coach Truter will be comforted by the fact that three of their five successive draws were against fellow title hopefuls Sundowns‚ SuperSport and Pirates.
The other two came against AmaZulu and City‚ in this match. The two teams are certainly no slouches either as Benni McCarthy has Usuthu buzzing while the Citizens are looking to be in the title mix in one way or the other this season under Dutchman Jan Olde Riekerink.
Swallows will look to bounce back to winning ways at another promoted side, TS Galaxy, in Mpumalanga on March 2.
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