Cosmos and Santos draw in premiership meeting

Struggling Santos and Jomo Cosmos played out a 2-2 draw, with three goals conceded in the final moments in their premiership meeting at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton on Tuesday evening.

With scores deadlocked at half-time in an otherwise uninspiring last match of the year for both sides, striker Eleazor Rodgers opened the scoring for Santos in the 48th minute from a Jurie Basie cross on the right.

While they held on for a likely victory, Cosmos’ diminutive midfielder Tshidiso Tukane, though, sneaked in a late equaliser, also with a header in the 86th minute.

The hosts snatched the lead through Alton Meiring who rounded the keeper on the stroke of full time.

However, they failed to defend their late advantage as Santos salvaged the draw in injury time through old warhorse, Tyren Arendse with the defence was caught napping.


Breathing space
Having earned just a point from the tie, relegation is becoming a reality for the People’s Team, as the three points would have given the Cape outfit some breathing space until the league resumes again in February.

They remain 14th on the log standings in interim coach, Duncan Crowie’s final match in a caretaker capacity having taken over from Boebie Solomons last week, who was “redeployed” within the club structures.

Santos has now garnered 12 points from 15 matches with Platinum Stars now below them, along with Black Leopards and Cosmos.

A new coach is expected to be named in early January.

Cosmos too sink deeper into misery by not gleaning the maximum points to remain rooted at the bottom of the standings on nine points from 14 games.

Perfect cross
Coming off a lacklustre 3-1 defeat from AmaZulu on the weekend, Santos showed more initiative than Cosmos in an encounter where chances were rare and few between.

Striker Bheki Shabangu missed a chance in front of goal in the 19th minute, heading wide a perfect cross from Tyren Arendse on the right.

He was unmarked, with just keeper Avril Phali to beat.

Moments later, the hosts had a clear chance of their own to take the lead through their bustling forward, Siyabonga Nontshinga, who opted to shoot straight at Ryan Harrison in the Santos goal.

Outside of the late three goal thriller, both sides had failed to threaten or to be creative in the final third of the field where both goalkeepers were hardly tested. — Sapa

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Sisa Majola
Sisa Majola works from South Coast. . Jolinkomo...#South Coast ambassador. Son of a slave, heart of a King. Sisa Majola has over 3042 followers on Twitter.

Related stories

The secret behind the Josef Zinnbauer magic

The Orlando Pirates coach has masterminded a dramatic turnaround at the struggling club he joined just over four months ago. Now, they are league contenders

Bucs weary of Chiefs’ Derby trap

Pirates look unstoppable, but few Soweto Derbies in recent memory have been this important

Why the Nedbank Cup will never be the same again

With a nation watching, Jomo Cosmos is one side look to use the Nedbank Cup to rediscover their prestige.

Pitso, pride and the world

South Africa’s best coach might think globally but he has a local mission to accomplish first

Downs enter the Fifth Dimension

A spirited Absa Premiership match was played on a lifeless Tuesday afternoon in Pretoria

It’s do or die for Chiefs’ keeper Vries ahead of Soweto derby

Virgil Vries has made some significant blunders recently, threatening his team’s title aspirations
Advertising

Vaccine trial results due in December

If successful, it will then have to be manufactured and distributed

White men still rule and earn more

Women and black people occupy only a few seats at the JSE table, the latest PwC report has found

The PPE scandal that the Treasury hasn’t touched

Many government officials have been talking tough about dealing with rampant corruption in PPE procurement but the majority won't even release names of who has benefited from the R10-billion spend

ANC still at odds over how to tackle leaders facing...

The ANC’s top six has been mandated to work closely with its integrity committee to tackle claims of corruption against senior party members
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday