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Santos beat Bidvest Wits 3-1

Posted: 18 February 2012 Time: 22:36

Tyren Arendse, Erwin Isaacs and Gert Schalkwyk propelled Santos to a crucial 3-1 victory over Bidvest Wits at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday night.

Santos, who had to win to ensure that they at least stay off the bottom of the log by next Wednesday, looked to be on the right track early on.

Vuyisile Wana forced an early save from Wits keeper Emille Baron when he hit a low drive from outside the box on three minutes.

As the match got into gear Wits were becoming dominant and in the 14th minute Ryan Chapman sent in a low cross from the right flank, but Sipho Ngomezulu flicked the ball over the bar from six yards when he had the keeper at his mercy.

Six minutes later Chapman found some space outside the box and forced an excellent save from Santos goalkeeper Pa Dembo Touray, who was making his first start in the PSL.

Chapman was at it again five minutes later when he received a good overhead ball from Masibusane Zongo and he outran the defence, but then saw his effort ricochet off the crossbar.

Out of nowhere, Erwin Isaacs ran onto a header from Eleazar Rogers and unleashed a powerful strike which Baron excellently parried away for a corner. From the resultant corner, Arendse hit a ferocious shot which had Baron dazed when the ball hit the back of the net on the half-hour mark.

The second half got underway with Wits on the front foot. Five minutes in and Nasief Morris gave a lazy pass to Touray, but the keeper gave the ball away to Zongo, who slotted from long range into an empty net for his first Wits goal.

Unfortunately for The Students they were in the match for only a minute when Siyabulela Songwiqi sent in a cross from the left which was met by Isaacs, who steered the ball into the back of the net from close range to make it 2-1.

Santos were in the ascendency and substitute Salman King hit a low drive from 25-yards out which shaved the crossbar.

Six minutes from time, Wits defender Mbulelo Mabizela made a mistake which allowed Santos to go on a counter-attack, but Mathew Pattison failed to score when the shot was cleared off the line by Mabizela. Schalkwyk, though, made no mistake when he blasted the ball into the net for a 3-1 lead.

The Cape outfit held on for their first League win in eight outings to ease their relegation worries.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 01:16 am
Zongo is a special talent
Anonymous
posted: 06:22 am
Congrats to Santos boys u needed that win plz keep em coming
Anonymous
posted: 12:30 pm
That's a vital win 4them.
Anonymous
posted: 12:38 pm
i feel that there is no diffence between Roger en Pitso those 2 they are arrogant en ignorant,Wits have themselves to blame they werent attacking en they left an attacking midfielder on the bench.Roger u once took the team to Mvela whats going to stop u cause u have ur favourites be real coach ur stupid assistant
Anonymous
posted: 02:21 pm
zongo!
bondocean
posted: 10:21 pm
Good for the Cape side. We can't have another one relegated.
Anonymous
posted: 09:51 am
Ja ne! To think we beat Santos 3-0 last season and now they come back to bite us! Agree with Khululekani! Roger thought Sifiso was going to stay with Wits forever, but the worst is that he had a quality player like Haskins and made him go to Cosmos! Look how well the boy is doing there - Jomo knows what he is capable off and only in 2 matches he showed his worth! If it was not for Haskins we would not have won the Nedbank cup, the boy came off the bench to put in 2 past Stars! I dont know who is more arrogant between Roger and Tinkler, now we have 2 of them who will take the team down! get your act together now!
Anonymous
posted: 10:11 am
Ja ne! To think we beat Santos 3-0 last season and now they come back to bite us! Agree with Khululekani! Roger thought Sifiso was going to stay with Wits forever, but the worst is that he had a quality player like Haskins and made him go to Cosmos! Look how well the boy is doing there - Jomo knows what he is capable off and only in 2 matches he showed his worth! If it was not for Haskins we would not have won the Nedbank cup, the boy came off the bench to put in 2 past Stars! I dont know who is more arrogant between Roger and Tinkler, now we have 2 of them who will take the team down! get your act together now!
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 am
Ja ne! To think we beat Santos 3-0 last season and now they come back to bite us! Agree with Khululekani! Roger thought Sifiso was going to stay with Wits forever, but the worst is that he had a quality player like Haskins and made him go to Cosmos! Look how well the boy is doing there - Jomo knows what he is capable off and only in 2 matches he showed his worth! If it was not for Haskins we would not have won the Nedbank cup, the boy came off the bench to put in 2 past Stars! I dont know who is more arrogant between Roger and Tinkler, now we have 2 of them who will take the team down! get your act together now!
Anonymous
posted: 04:08 pm
Isaacs, i like this picture of you san, you look like a boy with a mission! Another boy who is being discriminated against by Bafana officials! NX!!! we have players who think they have arrived at Bafana with no ball brains playing in your position!
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