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04/04/2008 20:00

Santos demolish Leopards

Posted: 4 April 2008 Time: 21:40

Santos moved to within three points of league leaders Supersport United following their 4-0 thrashing of Black Leopards in an Absa Premiership match at Athlone Stadium on Friday night.

Thando Mngomeni, Eleazar Rodgers and a brace by Romano Scott saw the Cape side extend their unbeaten run to nine games.

The opening stages of the match was a scrappy affair with Mngomeni creating the first chance of the game in the 10th minute with a volley from outside the area, but his effort flew straight at visiting keeper Mashudu Mamphitha.

The visitors threatened a minute later when striker Myron Shongwe headed wide from a corner.

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Santos almost went ahead a minute later when Musa Otieno latched onto Erwin Isaacs’ free-kick, but the defender’s header flew straight at Mamphitha.

Isaacs was almost put clear on goal by a superb ball by Bevan Fransch in the 18th minute, but a superb challenge by Peter Mponda inside the area denied the Santos striker from adding to his tally of 10 goals so far this season.

The hosts deservedly went ahead in the 25th minute via a deflected free-kick by Mngomeni.

Rodgers almost extended their lead four minutes later, but his shot from outside the area went just wide of goal.

The hosts continued pushing in a bid to extend their lead and they almost did in the 33rd minute when Isaacs let Rodgers’ square pass run for Mngomeni, but the midfielder’s shot flew just wide.

Santos doubled their lead two minutes later when Rodgers slotted Thom-Rick October’s cross from close range.

The score remained 2-0 at the break.

Lidoda Duvha gave a much improved display in the second half, with Eric Ramavahle going close in the 63rd minute, but Santos keeper Wayne Roberts produced a good save to deny the defender.

Santos went ahead a minute later when Romano Scott latched onto Fransch’s free-kick to see his shot deflect off a defender and loop over Mamphitha and into the far corner.

Scott completed his brace two minutes later when he was put clear by Mngomeni before coolly slotting the ball past Mamphitha.

Substitute Ryan Chapman should have made it 5-0 in the 79th minute when he found himself with just Mamphitha to beat, but the goalkeeper did superbly well to save at the striker’s feet.

The hosts continued to dominate and midfielder Mogogi Gabonamong almost extended their lead when he headed wide from Tawonga Chimodzi’s cross, and with that went the final chance of the game.

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