Cosmos win on penalties

After 120 minutes of Nedbank Cup action at the Boland Rugby Stadium in Wellington on Saturday afternoon, it was Jomo Cosmos who emerged victorious on penalties at the expense of Santos.

The match had ended at 1-1 after 120 minutes, and on the overall balance of play it was Santos who enjoyed the better of chances in a game that only often fleeting moments of quality action on the field.

There was only one team in the first half as Santos looked the more threatening side in attack throughout, far out-numbering Cosmos in shots taken on goal.

The Cape side’s defence indeed had barely any work to do as Ezenkosi put in a lack-lustre performance, not managing a single shot on goal.

Santos should really have been ahead just minutes after the kick off, but Phikolethu Spelman missed a golden opportunity when he side-footed wide from only six yards out after some good work by the lively Erwin Issacs.

It was far too casual an attempt at a finish, but luckily for the Peoples’ Team they did not live to rue the miss as Tony Tsabedze beat Avril Phali in the 11th minute, squeezing the ball in at the near post after a pass from Mogogi Gabonamong.

Cosmos didn’t look much better in the second half as they sent in some weak efforts from range.

But finally the Gauteng side got it right when in the 60th minute Ousmane Berthe fired in a thunderous free kick. Santos keeper Tshepo Motsonoeng made a superb save, but Sekou Camara was on hand to fire home a low shot to level the scores at 1-1.

Isaacs looked to try and restore Santos’ lead six minutes later, but was very unfortunate to see his volley flash just wide.

Gabonamong and Romano Scott then both followed Isaacs by also sending shots marginally wide of the upright, while Musa Otieno sent a 72nd minute header just wide.

Cosmos were however able to hold on fairly comfortably for the remainder for the game and force the match into penalties.

Mfanafuthi Bhembe had a fantastic chance to put the visitors ahead after five minutes of extra time, but failed to find the target from close range.

Bhembe had another chance right at the end of the first period of extra time, but chose to score from a tight angle when he had team-mates better placed in the middle.

Scott almost struck a 117th minute winner when he found space inside the box, but Phali made an acrobatic save too tip the ball over the bar.

Soon after that Camara wasted a great chance when he ballooned his effort over the bar.

The match went into penalties and after Tyren Arendse sent the very first spot kick over the bar, the next nine kicks were all converted, leaving Cosmos 5-4 winners in the shoot-out.

In other matches played today, the University of Pretoria beat Vasco Da Gama 5-1 and Black Leopards came from a goal down to win their match against M Tigers 2-1.

Santos (1) 1 (1) 1 (Tsabedze 11’)
Jomo Cosmos (0) 1 (1) 1 (Camara 60’)

TEAMS

Santos: Motsoeneng; Ntloana, Otieno, W Arendse, Skippers; Basie (Rodgers 89’), Gabonamong, T Arendse, Tsabedze (King 63’); Spelman (Scott 43’), Isaacs

Cosmos: Phali; Mhlate (Bhembe 78’), Berthe, Shabalala, Oluwafemi; Shitolo, Samb, Diarra, Mongale; Dlamini (Camara 56’), Loke (Moloto 60’)