Swallows shocked, struggling Aces advance
Moroka Swallows were shocked 2-1 by second division Baroka FC and relegation-threatened Mpumalanga Black Aces defeated Witbank Spurs 4-3 in a seven-goal match in the South African FA Cup second round.
Multiple league-winning coach Gordon Igesund's struggling premiership side Swallows crashed out at the last-16 stage to minnows Baroka FC, who won a quarter-finals spot with a stunning 2-1 success.
The scoreboard in northern city Polokwane remained blank until Baroka's Katlego Mashego put the ball away in the 47th minute. Swallows replied in the 73rd minute when Augustine Leonard fired into the net, but they were dealt a final blow soon after as substitute Mashilo Moremi sealed the match for Baroka a mere two minutes after coming on.
Aces moved into the quarter-finals in north-east mining town Witbank with a hat-trick from captain Mpho Maleka after coming up from one behind after a penalty by Ralph Malema for first division side Spurs in the 21st minute. The bottom-ranked premier side answered eight minutes later when Maleka put a header away followed by Marawaan Bantam sending a free kick into the net to end the first half up 2-1.
A Spurs equaliser in the 66th minute by Patrick Mubayiwa was cancelled two minutes later by Maleka's second goal and the skipper made it 4-2 in the 75th minute before Peter Mubayiwa pulled one goal back three minutes later.