Rodgers strike gives Santos hope

Santos F.C. have done well to secure a vital away win against Thanda Royal Zulu in the first round of mini-league Promotional Play-offs yesterday.

A single goal from Eleazar Rodgers in the first half sealed the deal for the Cape side as the People’s Team dominated possession at the for majority of the match with Rodgers giving good reason to why he’s been in talks with heavy giants ChiefsPirates and Sundown’s.

The tall striker’s predatory abilities assisted by a decent Santos midfield attack laid heavy weight on a Thanda side whose inability to find rhythm was compounded by injuries to key players.

Santos took full advantage of Thanda’s dilemma.

With the disruption in the home team’s midfield, Santos mid Salmaan King took full advantage of a gaping hole on the left flank to set up Rodgers who slotted home from six-yards out to give his side the lead.

Matters grew worse for the Kwa-Zulu Natal outfit with more injuries proving the team’s inferiority in-depth as they produced a middling performance.

After a miserable first 45, Thanda finally settled and created their first decent chance on goal in the 42nd minute as Peter Nwadike fired goal wards from just inside the box. He saw his shot deflected, but Pa Dembo Touray was quick to react and dive to his right to make a fingertip save.

The second half started with Thanda generating good momentum that was sparked in the last phases of the first 40, But despite their dominance, the home side struggled to find the right ball in the final third of the field that would see them score the equaliser.

Thanda pressed and pressed, but Santos’ defence stood firm as their stubborn resistance broke down attack after attack.

The Zulu’s continued pushing players up to the penalty area but a steadfast Santos wall remained water-tight tiring the Thanda attack out.

The game ended 1-0 as Santos picked up the first win and three points in the mini-league promotional play-offs.

Santos still have to play Thanda Royal Zulu at home and have to overcome Chippa United home and away to be in the PSL next season!



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