Orlando Pirates was blown away by a resurgent Moroka Swallows during an intriguing derby clash in Soweto
A gripping first half saw Pirates take a two goal lead after a very early strike from Sifiso Myeni and an Andile Jali penalty put the Buccaneers in firm control. However, Swallows did not give up and Katlego Mashego scored a goal late in the opening stanza, which kept his side in the match.
Swallows completed their comeback in the second half as Lefa Tsutsulupa netted the equaliser and Lerato Chabangu headed home to put his team into the lead, securing an unlikely victory which may help the Dube Birds rediscover their potential as the PSL season continues.
Pirates came out firing, looking to make amends for their shock Nedbank Cup loss against Maluti FET College on Saturday and Sifiso Myeni was on target as early as the 1st minute of the match.
The winger, released by a slick through-ball by Takesure Chinyama, finished calmly past Greg Etafia to put Pirates on the board with only 58 seconds on the board.
Pirates continued to dominate the early proceedings, controlling possession and creating more opportunities as Daine Klate forced Etafia to palm a volley behind.
The Dube Birds had barely touched the football in the opening 10 minutes of the match, but began to wrestle control from the Buccaneers as the first half turned into a high-tempo affair.
A spate of yellow cards were awarded as the game continued to be played with passion and commitment by both sides, with no fewer than five cautions in five minutes shared between the Soweto rivals.
Pirates were fortunate when they moved into two goal lead in the 37th minute following an innocuous Ricardo da Costa hand-ball in the area, which the referee deemed to be a penalty kick offence.
Andile Jali stepped up and placed his spot-kick into the bottom left corner of the net, scoring his ninth career goal for the Buccaneers and seemingly putting the defending champions out of reach.
But the match saw another twist as the Dube Birds netted a well-worked goal in the dying embers of the first stanza, after Dikgang Mabalane burst down the right flank and set up Katlego Mashego with a superb cut-back pass.
Mashego kept composed when slotting home past a rooted Senzo Meyiwa, as the first half ended with the match hanging in the balance.
Oupa Manyisa had a glorious opportunity to score a third goal for Pirates early in the second half, as Daine Klate floated a ball over Swallows defence, picking out Manyisa’s run into the box. But the midfielder lacked composure and could not unleash a strike on goal as a gilt-edged chance went begging.
Pirates’ profligacy would come back to haunt them when Swallows scored the equaliser with thirty minutes left in the derby.
Lefa Tsutsulupa headed home after a thunderous drive from Lerato Chabangu smashed into the upright and fell into the path of the captain, who provided a well-timed diving effort.
Pirates had relinquished a two goal lead and looked desperate to regain their advantage as they piled the pressure on Swallows, who were eyeing an unlikely comeback victory against their rivals.
The Dube Birds completed their riposte as Lerato Chanbangu directed a header past Meyiwa in the 67th minute and sent his side into the lead in a rocking Dobsinville Stadium.
Pirates could not recover from Swallows’ resurgence and a classic Soweto Derby ended in favour of Zeca Marques’ side, which subjected Roger de Sa to only his second league loss as coach of Orlando Pirates.