League leaders Santos kept their title championship hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Golden Arrows in their Castle Premiership match at Althone Stadium on Friday night.
The People's Team made their intentions known as early on as the third minute of the match when Jonathan Solomons' long range shot at goal went just over the bar.
Then in the ninth minute, Mauritian forward Jean-Marc Ithier got in to the action with a mesmerising run down the left flank which culminated in a defence splitting pass to strike partner Fees Moloi, who could not believe his eyes when his goal bound shot was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Arrows goalkeeper Francis Chansa.
Boebie Solomons' men continued to pressure the Arrows defence throughout the first half but they could not convert their chances into goals.
The Durban side on the other hand had only one clear-cut goal scoring opportunity in the opening period. Lucky Sibeko nearly put his name on the score sheet, in the 38th minute, but Santos goalkeeper Brendon Wardle was well positioned to save in his goal area.
There were no goals at the break.
It took veteran striker Ithier only seven minutes after the restart to put the home side ahead with a well taken long range shot that gave a despairing Chansa no chance at all.
Marawaan Bantaam then increased the lead for the People's Team ten minutes later after Arrows had pushed most of their players forward in search of an equaliser with Wardle's long clearance catching Arrows' defenders off guard.
Golden Arrows scored a consolation goal in the 68th minute through Harry Milanzi after an error by Wardle, who appeared to have lost concentration briefly.
But Santos managed to hold on to for victory, keeping the pressure on the chasing teams led by Kaizer Chiefs - who were held to a 0-0 draw against third placed Ajax Cape Town on Thursday night.