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People'e Team outclass Dube Birds 03/03/04
Santos pulled further away from the chasing pack when they beat fellow title challengers Moroka Swallows 5-1 in an entertaining Castle Premiership game played at the Athlone stadium on Wednesday night.

A first half goal by man-of-the-match Thembile Kanono and four goals in the second stanza by Ricardo Mannetti, Marawaan Bantam, Jean-Marc Ithier and Musa Ongao gave the hosts a resounding victory and severely dented Swallows chances of landing a first ever league title.

The first chance of the game fell to Swallows in the third minute when Edzai Kasinayo crossed from the corner, but Santos goalkeeper, Brendon Wardle was well placed.

Straight from Wardle's clearance, Thembile Kanono sent a through ball to Fees Maloi, who broke into space down the far left flank, beat Swallows keeper Greg Etafia, but his parting shot flashed across the un-manned goal.

Sebastian Bax got the first caution of the match in the seventh minute when he was beaten to the ball by Goodman Mazibuko right on the edge of the box, but then used his hands to stop the ball.

In the 10th minute Carlo Scott nearly got his first goal for Swallows when he made a good run, beating two Santos defenders but he shot weakly at goal.

In the 19th minute Santos were denied a goal by the superb reflexes of Etafia when he just managed to tip away Jean Marc Ithier's header.

Kanono scored his first ever goal in the Premiership in the 22nd minute when he got a pin point pass from Jonathan Solomons and he out ran the Swallows defenders before drawing Efatia off his line and then sending the Nigerian international the wrong way.

Kanono nearly got his brace in the 36th minute when he received a cross from Solomons from the far left side flank and Swallows defender Gary McNab missed the harmless looking ball which fell to Kanono, but the former Bloemfontein Celtic player missed a sitter.

Santos went to the break leading 1-0.

After the break Mannetti doubled the lead for the People's team in the 52nd minute, after a good ball exchange with man-of-the-match Kanono, who was having an excellent game.

But Swallows were not ready to give up and Mazibuko put the Birds back into the game in the 56th minute with a well taken shot from just outside the penalty area which flew into the top corner with Wardle seemingly rooted to the spot.

Kanano nearly increased the lead for Santos following a good exchange with Solomons after he shot from a tight position into the crowded Swallows box, but his strike hit the left upright.

In the 76th minute Arendse turned the whole Swallows' defence inside out and then put the ball through to Marawaan Bantam to score his seventh goal of the season.

Two minutes after that goal, Arendse again turned provider when his free kick from the half way line was well connected by Ithier, who out jumped Etafia to header home his 8th goal of the season.

With only a minute to go Ithier exchanged a good one-two with Musa Ongao, and when Ongao got the last exchange he made no mistake to add his name to the score sheet for Santos and complete Swallows' misery.

The result sees the People's Team go four points clear at the top of the log while Swallows remain in fourth position.






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