Swallows FC 0-4 Cape Town City (0-4 agg): Citizens thump Birds to set up Mamelodi Sundowns MTN8 final
Tebogo Langerman, Bradley Ralani, Junaid Sait, Swallows FC vs Cape Town City, September 2021
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The Dube Birds’ woes continued as the Western Cape side reached the decider of the tournament they have previously played in twice

A Bradley Ralani brace as well as other strikes by Fagrie Lakay and Edmilson Dove saw Cape Town City beat Swallows FC 4-0 at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday to book an MTN8 final date against Mamelodi Sundowns.

After the semi-final, first leg between City and Swallows ended 0-0 at Athlone Stadium, Erick Tinkler’s men turned on the style as Ralani scored in either half - on 42 and 68 minutes.

Lakay grabbed his goal in the 58th minute while substitute Dove scored two minutes from the final whistle.

City will now meet Sundowns in the final, who beat Golden Arrows 3-0 to secure a 4-1 aggregate 24 hours earlier. 

On a rainy and windy evening, Swallows continued their bad patch of form while Eric Tinkler reached his seventh career final as a coach.

Swallows caretaker coach Simo Dladla started left-back Tebogo Langerman for the second straight game while the experienced duo of Ruzaigh Gamildien and Wandisile Letlabika started from the bench as they were returning from injuries. 

On the opposite side, Tinkler started a squad with familiar faces including captain Thamsanqa Mkhize, Taariq Fielies, Ralani and Mduzuzi Mdantsane.

The start to the match was very pacey but the quick play saw no side providing a real test at goal to the other.

But City enjoyed the better exchanges and an unmarked Mdatsane witnessed his shot from the edge of the box go just over the bar on 16 minutes. 

Amid their pressure, the visitors thought they had won a penalty when Junaid Sait fouled Thato Mokeke just outside the box but they were denied the kick by referee Victor Hlungwani.

But as the rain started pouring in the 24th minute, movement of the ball slowed on the wet turf and so did the pace of the match.

It was then Swallows settled down and Zephaniah Mobokoma narrowly missed the target off a Vuyo Mere cross from the right.

A glorious chance to take the lead then came for City on the half-hour mark but Ralani could not strike the ball properly while at point-blank range just in front of Virgil Vries in goal for Swallows.

And action immediately swung to the other end where Kagiso Malinga failed to capitalise on Fielies’ miscued clearance.

Ralani then broke the deadlock with a quality move, chesting and shooting in a flash after a Terrence Mashego cross while sandwiched by two Swallows defenders three minutes from the half-time break.

Now that left the Birds having to score twice due to City’s away goal.

The start of the second half was suspended for 15 minutes as the rain continued to batter Dobsonville

When play resumed, Swallows almost restored parity when a Mere cross nearly deceived City goalkeeper Hugo Marques, who needed a second attempt to collect and had to thank there was no Swallows player nearby to pounce.

Seven minutes into the second half, substitute Mwape Musonda rounded up Marques but was agonisingly denied by the upright post.

As the hosts looked determined to hit back, Lakay was released by Thabo Nodada to chip over an advancing Vries way off his goal line for City’s second goal just before the hour mark.

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But a minute later, Lakay failed to reproduce his brilliance when he came one-on-one with the Swallows goalkeeper but went for power and his effort closely missed the target. 

The Birds’ defence was exposed and brutally so when they conceded a third goal after two of their men failed to defend Nodada’s cross, leaving Ralani to cooly slot in and complete his brace.

Little was done by Swallows to hit back and their defence collapsed again two minutes from time to allow Dove to head in a corner kick from fellow substitute Mpho Makola to complete the rout.