Andrea brace sends Swallows crashing out
JOHANN E SBURG - Maritzburg United booked their spot in the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, after defeating Swallows FC 3-1 in extra-time.
Andrea Fileccia grabbed the lead for the Team of Choice in the second minute, with a half-volley at the far post following a cross from Mxolisi Kunene.
Fileccia almost doubled the lead in the 11 th minute with a freeheader inside the box, but his effort sailed over the bar.
Joseph Banyane was close to getting on the score-sheet in the 14th minute, after his long range strike was parried away by Bongani Mpandle.
Tshepo Mashego almost equalised for the Dube Birds in the 22nd minute after a brilliant run on the near post, but his outstretched strike hit the outside of the post.
Mashego did find the equaliser for Swallows in the 34th minute, after shielding the ball brilliant ly before volleying past Mpandle, 1-1. The Birds were energised thereafter and were unlucky not to have gone into the lead before halftime after Mashego hit the post. Fileccia should have got his brace 10 minutes into the second stanza, after he found a loose ball to go through one- on- one with t he goalkeeper, but Vusimuzi Ntikinga made a brilliant stop to keep the scores level.
The tempo of the match was slowed down with 20 minutes remaining, following a frantic start to the second stanza. Yazid Atouba could have sent Fadlu Davids’ troops ahead eight minutes before time, but his close-range strike was smothered by Ntikinga.
Neither side could find a winning in the closing stages, forcing the clash i nto extratime.