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Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Rejuvenated Santos were in a class of their own when they offered disjointed Moroka Swallows a free soccer lesson to register a well deserved 4-1 win in an Absa Premiership game in Potchefstroom yesterday.

It was the goal-shy Swallows' second defeat at the venue after they were hammered 3-0 by Orlando Pirates in their opening match of the second round last Wednesday.

Swallows had the brighter start , exerting pressure on Santos in an attempt to get an early goal, but they were let down by poor finishing from the likes of James Chamanga, Tshweu Mokoro and Alton Meiring.

In the 13th minute Wayne Roberts, Santos' goalkeeper, was brave enough to save the ball at Chamanga's feet.

Chamanga, the Premiership's top goal scorer with 11 goals, has just returned from trials in Norway where he spent five days with Stromsgoset IF.

The People's Team started settling down well midway through the first half and it came as no surprise when they were first to draw blood in the 27th minute through Erwin Isaacs from the penalty spot.

This was after referee Robert Sithole adjudged Swallows' Israel-bound defender Bevan Fransman to have fouled Thomrick October.

The Cape Town outfit, fresh from a 3-2 win over AmaZulu, led 1-0 at the interval.

Santos, guided by David Bright - a former major in the Botswana Defence Force - continued from where they left off in the second half, with Eleazar Rodgers coming close to scoring in the 47th minute.

Swallows goalie Greg Etafia had to use his feet to clear the ball for a corner.

Three minutes later, Mogogi Gabonamong put Santos 2-0 ahead after a goalmouth scramble. Gabonamong was back on the scoresheet in the 62nd minute after dribbling past Ivan Winstanley to beat Etafia with a low shot.

Chamanga reduced the deficit in the 64th minute only for second half substitute Thando Mngomeni to add another goal for Santos in the 85th minute.

l Free State Stars beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in an Absa Premiership game at Charles Mopeli Stadium yesterday, writes Thabo Johnson.

The two giants were both cautious in their approach and they did everything possible to avoid conceding early goals.

But the hosts applied more pressure as the tension-filled derby progressed, forcing Phunya Selesele onto the back foot.

Ea Lla Koto's lanky striker, Sithembiso Ngcobo, wasted a scoring chance in the 33rd minute when he ballooned over the bar with Celtic's goalkeeper Postnett Omony well beaten.

Diyo Sibisi broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute, beating Omony with a brilliant header, after a pass from Thulasizwe Mbuyane.