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Swallows v Kaizer Chiefs Match Report, 28/11/21

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L. Mokoena (63)
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Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 Swallows FC: Amakhosi punish wounded Birds
9:06 PM IST 28/11/21
Khama Billiat Kaizer Chiefs Jody February Swallows
Winless in the league since their opening game, the hosts gifted the Glamour Boys two goals just before the interval which ultimately settled the game

Kaizer Chiefs took advantage of a shaky Swallows FC to secure a 3-1 league win at a windy Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Leading the way for Stuart Baxter's side was Khama Billiat, who netted a brace and registered an assist for Keagan Dolly’s goal.

The first chance of the afternoon arrived in the 13th minute when Dolly's lofted reverse pass played Bernard Parker in on goal. Parker's first touch was good, but he was not able to squeeze the subsequent shot past Jody February from a tight angle at the near post.

Swallows enjoyed their first opportunity a minute later and should have scored when Monnapule Saleng's cross picked out an unmarked Kamahelo Mahlatsi, but he skewed his effort well wide.

With not much to separate the teams, both sides had further openings but didn't really look like scoring as Billiat pulled one shot wide and sent another over the bar while Mahlatsi had a shot blocked at the end.

While the game was lively, neither team looked much of a threat in front of goal and they almost appeared to be going through the motions as half-time approached.

Instead, there was a late flurry of goals as two moments of indecision from the home defence were punished ruthlessly.

The first one came in the 43rd minute when Anthony Agay won a loose ball and played in Billiat. The Zimbabwean slipped the ball to Dolly who finished neatly with a right-footed chip across the goalkeeper.

In first-half added time it was 2-0 when Mphahlele won the ball down Chiefs' right side after some sloppy Swallows play before combining with Dolly and then crossing for Billiat, who ran onto the pass, took a touch and then sneaked in a clinical near-post finish.

Amakhosi's third goal came eight minutes into the second half and was a route-one affair as Akpeyi's long punt downfield found Parker, who did well to play Billiat in on goal. The former Mamelodi Sundowns man then showed his class as he jinked past two defenders before cleverly beating February at the near post with a crisp finish.

To the Birds' credit, they rallied hard to get back in the game and after Lebogang Mokoena and Saleng had shots saved by Akpeyi, Mokoena reduced the deficit in the 63rd minute with the deftest of flicks, after Grant Margeman slung in a cross from the left.

But following the goal, Chiefs were able to take the sting out of Swallows' attempted fight-back as the game became increasingly niggly with a number of stops for fouls and injuries.

Effectively the two sides cancelled each other out and the next attempt on goal only came in the 84th minute when Akpeyi comfortably caught Mokoena's shot from 25 metres out, followed shortly by an effort from Ruzaigh Gamildien which was dragged wide.

The victory lifts the Glamour Boys to third on the table with 22 points, eight behind league leaders Sundowns.