Santos edged out Arrows

2012-03-22 07:57

Cape Town - Santos suffered a 2-1 Absa Premiership defeat to Golden Arrows at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

Neither keeper was tested early on as both sides found space and opportunities limited in front of goal.

The home team had the first two chances as Erwin Isaacs had a volley saved by Arrows keeper Nkosingiphile Gumede, before Matthew Pattison saw his powerful drive crash into the woodwork.

Arrows had not done much to threaten the Santos goal, yet they were to go ahead after 30 minutes when Siyabonga Nkosi got a feint touch to steer Elrio van Heerden’s free kick past Pa Demba Touray.

It took a moment of inspiration from Erwin Isaacs to get the Cape side back on level terms as he sprinted to the by-line and pulled the ball back for Neo Segalo to slot the ball home.

The game remained tight after the restart as both sides refused to give away chances or ball possession.

Eleazar Rodgers had the first real chance of the second stanza, having his shot saved on the line, following Salmaan King’s cross from out on the left.

Pattison then fired his shot into the net, before Santos sub Riaan Eugene failed to get a decisive touch onto King’s cross.

The game moved into the final five minutes and it was Tamsanqa Gabuza who proved to be the match winner as he picked up on a loose ball on the edge of the box and fired a left-footer into the bottom corner of the net.