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AmaZulu beat Santos in a League match on Friday night.

Posted: 16 December 2011 Time: 21:58

It was a profitable trip down the coast for AmaZulu as they beat Santos 2-1 in an Absa Premiership game at the Athlone Stadium on Friday night.

The AmaZulu goals were scored by Goodman Dlamini and Thamsanqa Sangweni while Eleazar Rodgers pulled a goal back late in the game for Santos.

The defeat came as a setback to the Cape side's new caretaker coach, Duncan Crowie, who has taken over from Boebie Solomons for the final two games of 2011.

Both teams took their time to settle into any kind of rhythm with the result that neither goal came under any pressure in the opening 17 minutes.

Indeed the game lacked in spark or cohesion, with early chances limited to long range shots, all of them well wide.

The first real chance fell to the visiting team as Kagiso Senemela squared the ball for Goodman Dlamini, but his shot was weak and Ryan Harrison made a comfortable save.

Santos then began to find more thrust in attack as Phikolomzi Kefile fired a powerful drive just over before Vuyisile Wana flashed an effort wide from out on the left with 30 minutes gone.

With two minutes left in first half regulation time, Usuthu took the lead, thanks to Goodman Dlamini's strike from 12-yards out, which was going on target, but also took a slight deflection which left Harrison unable to make up the ground.

Santos started the second half in an attacking vein, but only had an Erwin Isaacs shot, which dipped onto the roof of the net, to show for their early efforts.

And when some neat interplay around the Santos box allowed Tamsanqa Sangweni to surge goalwards, he made it 2-0 after 55 minutes with a neat left-footed finish into the bottom corner.

Marc van Heerden came close to making it 3-0 in the 69th minute with an audacious chip from just inside the Santos half, but Harrison got back quick enough to claim the ball on his goal line.

There was a chance in the 85th minute for Eleazar Rodgers to pull a goal back for the Peoples' Team, but his header lacked accuracy.

Three minutes into injury time and Rodgers did get on the scoresheet when he headed in Kefile's cross from two yards out, but there was not enough time left for the hosts to muster a comeback.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:20 pm
Usuthu olumabheshana nkone well done our home team z time to show gauteng & kaapstad team hau KZN teams are doing when they facing against none team
posted: 10:22 pm
in your full report dont forget that its friday night not saturday
posted: 10:30 pm
siyabonga bafana basekhaya hebe usuthu!! Hebe.
posted: 10:49 pm
Even with boebie near fired, you still played kak jou not so lekker ding. Yerrr mvela is beckoning at defensive santos, this team is slowly going down, not even crowie can save them, anyways what does crowie knows about coaching? It's all downhill from here accept if they can hire rudi krol, he'll save that defensive team as he's a more defensive orientated coach, focusing on counter just like santos is playing but with the emphasis more on keeping it compact in the middle plus dissapline. Pirates 6 : ballets 0. BLACK RED AND WHITE BY CHOICE.
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posted: 11:27 am
well done Home Boys, as for Mngqithi, GOOD RIDDANCE!
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