Johannesburg - Moroka Swallows held on to beat University of Pretoria 1-0 in their Telkom knockout match at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday evening.
The only goal of the clash came in the 24th minute through the individual brilliance of Edward Manqele to evade defenders and find the target.
Though The Birds attempted to double their lead for the remainder of the match, they were unable to forge another breakthrough as Tuks fought for an equaliser.
Ultimately, there was no further change to the score as Swallows moved into the last eight of the Cup competition.
Earlier, without much action on display for the opening 20 minutes, as both teams began tentatively, it was the home side who drew first blood in the 24th minute.
Giorgi Nergadze sent a ball into the Tuks box, and Manqele did great work in the area - with three defenders surrounding him - and was able to find the target to take a 1-0 lead for his side.
Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia was called into action to make a pair of commendable stops in the 27th and 32nd minute. The second in particular was noteworthy as Atusaye Nyondo fired off shot and the outstretched leg of Etafia stopped Tuks drawing level.
Just before the hour mark, Manqele was close to bagging his brace. His powerful strike from outside the area needed a sharp dive from Tuks keeper Washington Arubi to make the gather.
Tuks replied with a free kick in a dangerous position 35 metres out from the Swallows goal. Siyabonga Ngubane stepped up with the option to shoot or cross, and he did neither as he lofted the ball tamely into the grateful arms of Etafia in the box.
Another attempt followed in the 63rd minute for Tuks. Khethukuthula Zwane, in possession, made his way to the edge of the box before his sideways run allowed a quick shot, but the direction was lacking as the attempt was directed across the face of goal.
As the game wore on, Tuks began in earnest their search for an equaliser. In the 68th minute Geofrey Massa connected with a cross into the six yard area, but his well-timed header was just over the crossbar. - Sapa