Allie slams home late winner
Oct 23rd, 2013 - 21:55
Suhayl Allie popped up with a vital goal deep into stoppage time to secure a 2-1 win for Santos over Sivutsa Stars at a windy Coetzenburg Stadium on Wednesday night.

Edwin Sitayitayi had opened the scoring for the People's Team midway through the first half before Mzwandile Buthelezi pulled one back after the break.

But Head Coach David Notoane rang the changes to good effect in the second period as the home side claimed maximum points with Allie capitalising on some good work from fellow substitute Gregory Roelf to net the all-important winning goal.

It was just the club's second win of the new National First Division season but the result catapulted Santos into fourth place in the NFD standings with 10 points from six games, six points adrift of league leaders Milano, who drew 0-0 with Baroka, also on Wednesday, and who Santos face in their next encounter on Saturday at Athlone Stadium, kick-off at 19:30.

Sivutsa, meanwhile, dropped from seventh to eighth, and remain on eight points from their six matches played.

The hosts started brightly despite the conditions with Fagrie Lakay and Edwin Sitayitayi lively up front, and it was the 16-year-old's through-ball on two minutes that so nearly created the first chance of the match, however, his strike partner was inches offside.

Lakay then found himself the wrong side of the last man after being sent clean though on goal from a Neo Segalo ball while Nasief Morris showed his experience at the other end by heading clear a dangerous Tshidiso Mosikidi corner with 10 minutes on the clock.

Santos continued to press in the opening exchanges with Tshepo Mabua testing the visitors' defence with a succession of early corners before Kenyan centre-back Brian Mandela Onyango did well to intercept a piercing Mosikidi cross from the right-hand side.

And it was Stars who enjoyed the first clear-cut chance of the match after 24 minutes as Sifiso Vilakazi found himself one-on-one with Lee Langeveldt, but the goalkeeper came out tops on this occasion with an excellent block on the edge of his box.

Mosikidi continued to impress and should have done better with a shot from right in front of the poles that he skied high over the target, after a brace of corners from the Nelspruit-based team.

Lakay then fizzed a low cross across the face of the Sivutsa goal in another positive attacking move for the home side.

So, it was to the home fans' delight when just moments later, with 35 minutes played, Santos opened the scoring as Sitayitayi glanced home another good Mabua corner, from the right-hand side, that left Stars goalkeeper Johnny Mathole with no chance.

While visiting Head Coach John Tlale brought on Siyabonga Sibiya at the half-time break, Santos boss David Notoane introduced Katleho Moleko for Deniro Stanley.

After a bright opening few moments, that saw Neo Segalo come closest to forging an opener after connecting to a Lakay cross from the left, Sivutsa then upped the ante as they began to find some space in midfield.

But it took a set-piece from Buthelezi to find an equaliser as he headed home a curling Mosikidi free-kick from the left-hand side, on 57 minutes.

Notoane reacted immediately by replacing a tiring Lakay for Roelf as the hosts signalled their intentions to claim a winner from this clash.

Langeveldt though was called into action with 66 minutes played as he brought to an end a sweeping move from Stars to deny Sibiya a goal from seven yards out.

Roelf then came agonisingly close to slotting home with a shot from the right that flew inches past the left-hand upright.

There were more changes for both sides, with Mosikidi replaced by Themba Mavundla as Allie came on for Segalo with 10 minutes of the match remaining.

Allie should really have scored with his first sight on goal but he blasted over the target following an excellent ball into the box from Roelf after Cheslyn Jampies had neatly picked out the frontman.

Allie then headed into the goalkeeper's arms with a difficult effort moments later as the game seemed to swing Santos' way.

Onyango may have thought he had found a winner with a point-blank header that was in-turn headed clear by Samuel Manganyi on 90 minutes, before Allie did in fact send the small but boisterous crowd into raptures, with a minute of injury time remaining, when he followed up another good cross from Roelf and slammed the ball into the back of the net.

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