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Santana will rue missed chances in loss to Diamonds

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Santanna enjoyed a better control on the pitch than their opponents Diamond Footballers.

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Diamond Footballers FC gave Santanna Inn a free soccer lesson when they beat them via three penalties in a Sol Plaatje Local Football Association (LFA) knockout tournament on Saturday at the astro turf in Galeshewe.

The half-time score was goalless while the full match ended 1-all. The match started with a lot of blanks being fired by both sides.

Santanna, however, were the better organised of the two teams, enjoying better control on the pitch than their opponents Diamond Footballers.

But the first half was all a story of “almosts”.

In the 20th minute Edmund Willemse of Santanna outsprinted his markers upfront but miscued his resultant shot which flew wide.

Then in the 34th minute Diamond’s player Edwin Matebesi proved a force to be reckoned with when he pressed forward but lost his ball on the final touch.

Just before half-time Santanna’s Andre Fisher launched an admirable shot at the opponents’ goal which unfortunately landed safely in the shot-stoppers’ hands.

Only in the second half, in the 60th minute of the game Santanna’s Romeo Loots lobbed a free kick over the human wall and Sunane De Koker headed home to make the score 1-0.

Five minutes later Diamond Footballers also came back into the game via a free kick. Thabiso Pheleso displaced the ball and Paseka Kodisang turned on the scrambled ball to equalise 1-1.

This was immediately followed by Santanna players protesting vehemently, claiming that the ball had rolled out before it landed inside the net.

Diamond Footballers coach Pule Garekwe said afterwards his players weren’t on form and had not performed according to plan.

He was himself convinced that Santanna were the better team on the day than his side.

“My players were not concentrating on this game but instead had their minds on the upcoming Easter tournament,” he said.

Santanna’s Tommy Withuis said he was “happy with their game but the LFA could have secured better match officials and the game would improve all round.”

Giddy van Rooyen