Ezenkosi hold Santos to draw


Bonginkosi Macala opened the scoring for Cosmos, with Erwin Isaacs netting for the People’s Team.

The visitors started the match the better of the two sides with Reneilwe Letsholonyane prominent in all of the Ezenkosi’s attacks.

Cosmos created the first chance of the game in the eighth minute when Letsholonyane played Macala through on goal, but the winger shot straight at Santos keeper Wayne Roberts.

Santos’ first chance arrive in the 10th minute when Cosmos keeper Avril Phali punched Thando Mngomeni’s cross into the path of Zvenyika Makonese, but the defender’s header flew just over the bar.

Siza Dlamini should have opened the score for Cosmos in the 12th minute when he rounded Roberts, but he touched the ball too far ahead and from a tight angle sent the ball high and wide of goal.

The visitors took the lead in the 17th minute when Letsholonyane put Macala through on goal, and the 22-year-old made no mistake with a powerful shot past Roberts.

Santos were awarded two minutes later after Thapelo Tshilo fouled Isaacs inside the area, but Phali parried Isaacs’ spot-kick and the Santos striker then managed to send his follow-up shot over the bar.

However, Isaacs made no mistake in the 32nd minute when he slotted home a free-kick into the far corner following a foul on Eleazar Rodgers on the edge of the area.

Innocent Ntsume should have restored the visitors’ two minutes later after running onto a dummy by Letsholonyane, and with just Roberts to beat he sent his effort straight at the Santos keeper.

The score remained 1-1 at half-time.

Santos made a bright start with Thomrick October threatening with a fierce long range shot which Phali did well to tip over the bar.

Ryan Chapman came on for Thando Mngomeni in the 59th minute and the youngster almost made an immediate impact, sending a powerful shot from just outside the area, but the striker’s effort flew straight at Phali.

Macala wasted a glorious chance in the 61st minute when he was played through on goal by Letsholonyane, but he sent his effort well wide of goal.

Both sides made several changes towards the end and that disrupted the flow of the game, with Santos looking the likelier side to score, but to avail and the match ended in a draw.