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Santos beat Golden Arrows 3-1

Posted: 24 September 2011 Time: 20:43

Santos made it two wins from two games after a 3-1 victory over struggling Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Cape side were always in command as far as the score-line went, taking a two-goal lead into half-time, and replying quickly after Arrows pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to go.

Ernst Middendorp’s outfit could have eased nerves with an early goal, but Musa Bilankulu sent an early header over the bar from Katlego Mashego’s second-minute corner.

And it was the Peoples’ Team who were to score the first goal of the game via a rare strike from left-back Ricardo Skippers, who headed home Jonathan Armogam’s 11th minute cross.

It was a rare foray forward for the visitors, and they netted again with one of their next attacks on the half-hour mark when Tawonga Chimodzi played in Vuyisile Wana, who slotted home from close range.

Wana tried his luck again five minutes later but had his shot blocked by a defender, while at the other end Njabulo Manqana forced Tshepo Motsoeneng into a diving save with a 20-yard effort.

Arrows came out firing after the restart as they looked to play themselves back into the game.

Crosses and shots rained in on the Santos defence, but the Cape side held firm, with some brave defending and a couple of good saves from Motsoeneng – one of which saw him doing well to keep out a long-range rocket from Philani Shange after 52 minutes.

The pressure finally paid off for the hosts as they earned a 71st-minute penalty after Wayne Arendse fouled Collins Mbesuma.

Mbesuma’s spot-kick was saved by Motsoeneng, but from the resultant corner from Manqana, Tamsanqa Gabuza hammered the ball into the net from 25 yards out.

But hopes of a comeback were quashed 10 minutes later when Wana picked out substitute Salmaan King, who picked his spot from the edge of the box to make it 3-1.

The KZN side had several opportunities to pull another goal back in the dying minutes, including an effort from six yards out from Mbesuma, but the score-line remained unchanged as Middendorp will now endure a few sleepless nights.

Previous comments on this story...

bondocean
posted: 10:25 pm
Great weekend so far for Cape Town football fans as both teams win by 3-1.
bondocean
posted: 10:34 pm
why is the score on this article 0-0 while the report says 3-1 to Santos. Also the final list of results and league tables reflect a goal less draw.
Anonymous
posted: 05:45 am
Ernst must go,then mangoba must take over
Anonymous
posted: 06:50 am
This Mazinyo guy must go,he is a failure,he has never brought disaster and misery to Arrows,Mgqithi is another failure,Arrows should appoint Rosslee.
Anonymous
posted: 07:01 am
This is guy is failure....he's never been a good coach, cups won under him at Chiefs were through sheer luck (penalties), Absa Cup against Rats, Telkom Knockout against Flops and Vodacom Challenge against Man U, those 3 were all won via penalties so he can't claim to be a good coach, wonder what Sir Kaizer had seen when he brought this guy to our shores now Arrows are headed to the NFD, the sooner Mato does something, the better.......Mazinyo is a failure and that will never change!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:13 am
I thought I'd c a headline written (Arrows have parted ways with the clueless and hopeless Minderdorp) but nothing like that yet, mayb until they have 10 games left and fighting relegation then stupid Manto will fire him, I regret tje day Rocky passed away and left the team in his arrogant and useless sister.
Anonymous
posted: 07:48 am
arrows wont blame anyone but themselves. They hired ths guy hours after he was fired by Mariritzburt United for nearly taking them to the 1st division. How dumb people can be sometimes!
Anonymous
posted: 08:18 am
Arrows should fire the "clueless"German if they don't want to see themselves competing with their reserve team in the vodacom leage in 2013!
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 am
This coach is clueless.But no sympathy for Manto as well.U reap what u sow.
Anonymous
posted: 11:06 am
Is Mato Madlala stl standing by her comedian of a coach? If so den she's a dumber than I thought.
alfnem
posted: 03:01 pm
Manto, why wait, Ruud Krol is available, hire him before Mr Motaung gv him a contract,Middendorp is a big flop, look at the squad u hv assembled,quality, no leader
Anonymous
posted: 06:18 pm
It looks lyk Midendorp will be the second coach to be sacked after Mgqithi.
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