Both sides brought on substitutes to the park but ended the half without any change to the score
Saints FCs 4-1 win over their visitors Masokolara in their Sol Plaatje Masters Football League (SPMFL) clash at the Colville grounds on Sunday has piled pressure on top of the problems this Galeshewe team is already experiencing in the conference.
Just last week the newly accepted SAPS team wiped the floor with Masokolara by beating them 6-1 in Galeshewe. The score at half-time in this their most recent match on Sunday was already 2-0 already in favour of Saints.
The game started at a very fast pace with Saints, almost from the get-go, taking pot shots at the Masokolara goalposts, where the shot stopper frantically tried to repel wave upon wave of attacks on his goalline.
In the ninth minute Saints’ persistent attacks paid off when Ronald Kok found the back of the Masokolara net and put the team ahead 1-0. It has to be said that the Masokolara midfield duo of Glen Khachane and Eric Hulata gave a solid performance in their bid to inspire a fightback from their team.
Saints’ Nathan Rowan, much against the run of play at that point, managed to again edge the hosts further ahead when he scored their second goal (2-0) in the 21st minute.
Both sides brought on substitutes to the park but ended the half without any change to the score.
At the resumption of the second stanza Masokolara substitutes Wandile Moogo and Ngcofo Mandeli grafted all they could and applied the pressure upfront but the goals simply refused to come for them.
In the 54th minute Glen Gelant of Saints missed a splendid scoring chance.
He was followed into disgrace by Sydney Norman who completely missed out on heading a sitter into the Masokolara net.
Saints did manage to increase their lead when Blikkies Taylor upped the score to 3-0 later on. Masokolara got some slim hope restored when they scored from the penalty spot through Ngcofo Mandeli (3-1).
However, in the 72nd minute Saints’ Rowan surged ahead and scored their next goal taking the score to 4-1 and way out of their visitors’ reach.
The shot Rowan struck was typical of the ones his retired football playing father Victor “King of Goals” Rowan used to score when he turned out for the defunct Diamond City.
In another SPMFL match played over the weekend Roodepan beat Colville 3-1.
Giddy van Rooyen