Mahlatsi strikes with seconds remaining as Swallows match Pirates in ‘oldest derby’


After Orlando Pirates had scored late‚ Swallows FC’s South African Beneath-23 worldwide Kamohelo Mahlatsi caught an equaliser deep in damage time to safe a share of the spoils in Sunday’s 1-1 DStv Premiership draw at Orlando Stadium.

Swallows took the sport to Pirates for a lot of the opening hour of the primary “oldest dervy” because the Birds’ relegation from the PSL in 2015. However Pirates appeared to time their step-up in tempo effectively and midfielder Ben Motswari’s late opener within the 85th appeared sufficient to safe maxium factors to Bucs.

Swallows‚ although‚ deserved one thing from the sport‚ and to protect what’s now a outstanding 10-game unbeaten run in a dream begin to life again within the top-flight for the promoted aspect. Substitute Mahlatsi scrambled an equaliser three minutes into added time.

As might have been anticipated from two carpet-playing‚ footballing groups‚ even on a sodden floor in wet circumstances the primary half noticed enticing mixtures and clever probing from either side‚ with Swallows edging the steadiness of probabilities.

Swallows‚ as they’ve in opposition to all opposition this season‚ had no concern urgent ahead and early on Thabo Matlaba’s low strike‚ skidding on the moist floor‚ stretched Wayne Sandilands.

Matlaba needed to go off moments later‚ showing to have a hamstring problem‚ and it was a mark of the standard that the Birds have assembled of their squad that one Bafana Bafana left-back was changed by one other – the person who snuffed out Egypt’s Mo Salah on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations‚ Sifiso Hlanti.

Swallows’ difficult winger Kgaogelo Sekgota discovered area on the left and crossed low for Ruzaigh Gamildien to show a shot at objective and pressure a save from Sandilands.

Pirates’ promising right-back Wayde Jooste twisted into the realm simply after the half-hour‚ hanging arduous at Virgil Vries from a tricky angle.

Pirates got here out from the break seemingly intent on upping the tempo and ahead momentum. Swallows responded in form‚ as motion swung from finish to finish of the Orlando pitch.

Once more it was the Birds who emerged from the exchanges with one of the best alternative‚ as winger Fawaaz Basadien’s chip excessive landed on the toes of Gamildien to show and name Sandilands into motion once more.

Bucs‚ although‚ had been then denied what might have been the decisive alternative to interrupt the impasse. Substitute Gabadinho Mhango slipped a go to Fortune Makaringe‚ who burst by way of the center and was hacked down by the problem of Tlakusani Mthethwa.

To the dismay of Pirates‚ bizarrely referee Jelly Chavani booked Makaringe for diving.

Bucs‚ although‚ had discovered their stride and Lorch performed Deon Hotto by way of on the left‚ Vries stopping at his Namibia worldwide teammate’s toes.

Bucs might need left it late to take command of the sport‚ however after they did in was by the scruff of the neck‚ so when Motswari lastly struck the opener it was not a shock.

The handful that was Mhango recevied a throw-in and superior on the left of the field to be challenged by Sammy Seabi‚ the ball squirting out to Motshwari‚ who smacked in a trademark drive from simply outsidfe the field that beat Vries.

Bucs would have felt that they had secured a win. However a substitute who has had influence for the Birds from the bench this season‚ Joseph Mhlongo‚ received into area on the proper and squared arduous and low‚ Mahlatsi getting in forward of Vries and a marker to bury an equaliser with seconds left.

Different DStv Premiership weekend outcomes:

Friday January eight:

Stellenbosch FC 1 – 1 Black Leopards

Saturday January 9:

Golden Arrows 1 – zero Chippa United

Baroka FC zero – 2 Mamelodi Sundowns

TS Galaxy zero – three SuperSport United 

Kaizer Chiefs zero – 2 Maritzburg United 

Tshakuma FC 2 – 2 Cape City Metropolis

Sunday January 10:

Orlando Pirates 1 – 1 Swallows FC 

Bloemfontein Celtic 1 – 1 AmaZulu FC