Santos suffer late heart-break at home to Spurs
Dec 7th, 2013 - 22:11
The curse of the early goal struck again with Santos denied all three points in their National First Division match as they drew 2-2 with Witbank Spurs at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.

Deniro Stanley, who scored a brace for the People's Team, netted his opening goal in the first minute before adding a second with 58 minutes played.

The hosts then had a seemingly legitimate goal by substitute Faizel Johnson disallowed before
Spurs pulled one back through Sihle Mpuqa on 72 minutes.

Johnson had the ball in the back of the net again although this time the referee appeared to have made the correct decision before Ralph Matema scored a sublime equaliser in the last minute of injury time.

Santos had taken a third minute lead in their last match with Baroka only to lose that game 2-1 and scored even earlier this time around.

Stanley was lively from the off and took his opener well by slotting the ball past Spurs goalkeeper Briace Msiza having latched onto an excellent Xolani Mabaso through ball after Edwin Sitayitayi had won possession in midfield.

Peter Mubayiwa was arguably Spurs' best player and he tried his luck with a sighter from 40
yards after eight minutes, but it was easy pickings for Lee Langeveldt in the Santos goal.

Mabaso then released Sitayitayi through on goal after 29 minutes but this time Msiza made a good low save to his right.

Suhayl Allie was replaced by Johnson on the half-hour mark after taking a knock, as Mubayiwa came close to an equaliser with an effort right in front of the poles but he couldn't get the right connection to an Innocent Maela cross from the left.

And with the half winding down, Sibusiso Mbonani so nearly netted an own goal as he got a touch to a Sitayitayi cross from the left while the burly Santos striker had two further chances before the break that were both kept out by Msiza.

It was all Spurs in the opening exchanges of the second half with Sabelo Nyembe signalling
his side's intentions with a fierce drive from the edge of the box that flew just wide of the
target.

Santos though doubled their lead when Mabaso released Stanley through on goal, and he
shrugged off his man before slotting home another well-taken goal.

Ryan Brooks replaced Tshepo Mabua with 58 minutes gone before Johnson headed home at the
back post from a pin-point Nasief Morris cross on the hour mark, but for reasons unknown the
assistant referee flagged for offside.

Mpuqa then slotted home a goal from barely a yard out after Matema had headed down a cross
from the left-hand side from his position at the back post.

Langeveldt was forced to make an incredible one-handed save with 12 minutes of the match
remaining from Spurs substitute Sici Shelembe from close range ahead of Santos' final
substitution with Gregory Roelf coming on for the tiring Stanley.

While Roelf tested Msiza with a long-range effort, Langeveldt then made an even better save, from point-blank range after a Morris header had dropped to Matemba in the box.

Johnson has the ball in the back of the net again after some super work from Roelf but this
time he appeared to be offside.

Roelf was then denied a clear goal as Humphrey Khoza stuck out a boot to deflect his effort
from close range over the bar after Sitayitayi had put the ball on a plate for the striker.

And with Santos seemingly heading for the win, a spectacular Matema bicycle kick ended up in
the back of the net after some indecisive defending from the Santos backline.

The result sees the People's Team drop to fourth place in the standings, two points behind Vasco Da Gama, on 22 points; three behind Chippa United, and seven behind league leaders Milano United.

By Trevor Kramer
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National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Thanda Royal Zulu 2 3 6
2 Mthatha Bucks 2 3 6
3 University of Pretoria 2 2 6
4 AmaZulu 2 2 6
5 Santos FC 2 1 4
6 Mbombela United 2 1 3
7 Witbank Spurs FC 2 0 3
8 Magesi FC 2 0 3
9 Real Kings 2 0 2
10 Jomo Cosmos 2 0 2
11 FC Cape Town 2 -1 1
12 Black Leopards 2 -1 1
13 Royal Eagles 2 -2 1
14 Cape Town All Stars 2 -2 0
15 Milano United 2 -3 0
16 Stellenbosch FC 2 -3 0
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Results
Jan 18th, 2013 - 15:30
Vasco Da Gama
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Santos were held to a 0-0 draw against local rivals Vasco Da Gama in a rearranged National First Division match at the Grassy Park Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
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Nov 30th, 2013 - 15:30
Baroka FC
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Dec 7th, 2013 - 19:30
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Santos suffer late heart-break at home to Spurs
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Dec 21st, 2013 - 18:00
Blackburn Rovers
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Jan 11th, 2014 - 15:30
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