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SA SOCCER NEWS
People's Team turn on the style 08/12/04
Santos ended a five match losing streak when they scored an emphatic 4-1 win over Manning Rangers at the Kings Park Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Cape Team played some excellent football on the night and made a mockery of their lowly standing on the Castle Premiership table

The result ended a two match winning streak for the Durban side, who prior to the match had seemed as if they were on the road to recovery after a poor start to the season.

With the rain pouring down and the ball skidding off the turf, both teams adopted an approach of shooting from distance, however, for the majority of the first half, most of the shots were way off target.

The People's Team started brightly and Jainudeen Lackay fired in a low shot from the edge of the area in the 14th minute, which brought out a good save from Chad Harpur in the Rangers goal.

The home team played themselves back into the game, but then conceded the first goal of the game when Thokozani Xaba threaded a ball through for Thembile Kanono, who made no mistake with an angled shot across Harpur.

However, the Cape team's lead only lasted two minutes as Rangers drew level when Alton Meiring broke down the right and picked out Edson Minga in the box. Minga's job was made easier by a slip up in the Santos defence by Duran Francis, and he fired the ball into the back of the net from close range.

Just on the stroke of half-time the People's Team regained the lead when Xaba received a good cross from Lackay on the right wing and scored with a well placed downward header, which ave Harpur no chance.

Just after the restart Marawaan Bantam wasted golden chance to increase the visitor's lead when he received a through ball from Lackay and then proceded to beat Harpur, however, he took too long before firing goalwards, which allowed the home defence to clear off the line.

The miss did not, however, prove to be too costly as Santos increased their lead in the 63rd minute when substitute Carlo Scott broke down the right flank and crossed a low ball to the back post, where Ruben Cloete was on had to round off the move in style.

Just two minutes later the People's Team put the result beyond doubt when Lackay picked the ball up in the middle of the park, showed some great skill to beat two defenders and then scored with an excellent shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

The visitors nearly made it five in the dying stages of the game when Bantam's fiercely struck free-kick just missed the target.

The result sees Santos jump a massive five positions up into ninth place, while the Mighty Maulers remain in 14th position.

By Ant McLennan

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