SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs closed the gap on South African Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to two points with contrasting victories.
Chiefs served up one of their best performances this season to defeat Moroka Swallows 3-0 in a Soweto derby at Soccer City, while SuperSport fought out a 2-1 win at Lamontville Golden Arrows in Indian Ocean city Durban. Elsewhere, Free State Stars snatched a late 2-1 victory at home over AmaZulu and lowly Santos collected three precious points by overcoming BIDVest Wits 3-1 in Cape Town.
Midfielder Mandla Masango was the unlikely star for Chiefs as the rare goalscorer scored in each half, while striker Lehlohonolo Majoro was also on target for Chiefs, who led 2-0 at half-time. Majoro found space among six Swallows defenders to send a deflected shot past Nigerian goalkeeper Greg Etafia and into the net off the base of the post.
Etafia would shoulder some blame for the second goal five mintues before the break as he palmed a Bernard Parker cross into the path of Majoro, who side-footed the ball over the line. Masango then exchanged passes with George Lebese before firing a crisp shot past Etafia for the third goal before a sparse crowd.
SuperSport edge Arrows
While Chiefs cruised to a comfortable victory, SuperSport were made to work for the three points as they edged Swallows at King Zwelithini Stadium. SuperSport centre-back Morgan Gould scored with a glancing header after seven minutes and Katlego Mashego levelled midway through the opening half as the visitors appealed for offside.
Substitute Ashley Hartog nodded home the winner on 65 minutes and Sameehg Doutie of SuperSport and Mashego were red carded in the closing stages after both received a second booking.
Edward Manqele added to his impressive goal haul this season with a brace to defeat AmaZulu at Charles Mopeli Stadium, while Stanton Lewis scored a consolation for the Durban club.
Finally, Tyren Arendse gave Santos a 1-0 half-time lead at Athlone Stadium, while Masibusane Zongo equalised early in the second half. However, Erwin Isaacs put the home side ahead again almost immediately before Gert Schalkwyk added a late third goal.