Nomvethe brace sinks Cosmos

A second half brace from Siyabonga Nomvethe saw Moroka Swallows earn a scrappy 2-0 win over Jomo Cosmos at the Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday afternoon and up to fourth in the Absa Premiership.

The opening 45 minutes was absent of quality goal mouth action. Instead, it was a forgettable half which saw the Birds with the majority of the possession and on the attack for large segments of the half, but some bad decision making in the final third let them down.

Still, while Swallows did most of the attacking, Cosmos did stand resolute in defence and allowed very little space to the Birds offensive players.

Joseph Makhanya, though, certainly looked the most enterprising in the midfield for the home side and it was he that caused the first real danger for the Cosmos defence in the ninth minute.

Makhanya let fly with a powerful shot from 30-yards out which resulted in a good initial save from Cosmos’ keeper Abisai Shiningayamwe diving to his right, but he parried the attempt straight into the path of Bennett Chenene who should have scored the opening goal, but he fired just wide from close range with an empty net at his mercy.

Chances were few and far between in the half and the only other real chance of the first Stanza came from a 25-yard free-kick in the 18th minute. Lerato Chanbangu struck the free-kick with some venom, but he saw his shot skim the wrong side of the right-hand post with the keeper well beaten.

In regards to Cosmos, they were virtually non-existent in attack, but still, despite their lack of possession and the fact that Swallows seemed to camp inside the visitors half, they did not find themselves behind going into the half time break and that was largely due to some poor passing in the final third by the Birds.

The second 45 was more of the same with the only difference seeing Cosmos looking the more enterprising in attack as they pushed down the wings to good effect, but their crosses into the box were pitiful and easily cleared by the Swallows defence.

Still, in the 56th minute Katlego Loke forced Greg Etafia into his first save of the afternoon when he made his way into the box and fired a powerful shot from 14-yards out, but it was well saved by Etafia palming the ball away from danger.

As the half progressed it took a bit of a scrappy turn as neither side could hold onto the ball for long enough to create a decent chance on goal, but then, in the 72nd minute, we saw the game’s opening goal and it ironically summed up the match.

A ball was knocked into the Cosmos box and after a terrible fluffed shot by Makhanya from six yards out was not cleared by the defence, Siyabonga Nomvethe latched onto the loose ball and smashed it home from close range, 1-0.

It was a scrappy goal, but Cosmos’ problems were further compounded five minutes later when Nomvethe found his second of the day.

There was nothing scrappy about this goal as substitute David Mathebula drove down the left flank and made his way into the box before supplying a low pin-point cross to find Nomvethe unmarked inside the six-yard area, and he made no mistake side-footing the ball home, 2-0.

In the end it was a case of the dam wall breaking as Cosmos were bound to concede a goal if they defending for the majority of the match. The loss sees Cosmos back to the bottom of the table while Swallows move up to fourth.

Moroka Swallows (0) 2 (Nomvethe 72’+77’)
Jomo Cosmos (0) 0

Teams

Swallows: Etafia; Isaacs, Hendricks, Mungomeni, Mayinga, Sibaya, Tsutsulupa (Mathebula 64’), Chabangu (Khumalo 65’), Chenene, Nomvethe, Makhanya (Machapa 74’)

Cosmos: Shingingayamwe; Kobal, Appiah, Shabalala, Nonyane, Pila (Dondo 82’), Nhlapho, Tukane, Ngwerume (Maebela 72’), Loke (Theletsane 70’), Nontshinga