The People’s Team can thank their goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng for keeping the score down to 1-0 because he had a storming match.
After a strong first half showing, Motsoeneng could not keep out Hartog in the 57th minute when he pounced on an assist by the lively Atusaye Nyondo, and stuck his close-range shot into the top corner.
SuperSport did all the attacking in the first half, with Anthony Laffor and Nyondo the dangermen. Nyondo put a header wide while Motsoeneng tipped Laffor’s free-kick around the post.
The Santos shot-stopper then had to tip a Nyondo shot over his crossbar as SuperSport piled on the pressure.
Once the goal came, SuperSport looked more at ease on the ball and went close a few more times, but then the game got a little physical with some bruising tackles flying in from both sides as Santos showed their frustration.
Eleazar Rodgers came close with a last-minute headed attempt, but it went straight into the arms of Ronwen Williams.
Overall the home side deserved their win as Santos offered little going forward and struggled to find the creative spark needed to win a match.