Bucks crash out the Cup
2 March 2016
Mthatha Bucks’ Nedbank Cup run was ended on Wednesday night when they were edged out 1-0 by Santos at the Athlone Stadium.
Amathol’amnyama put in a spirited performance, but just could not find a way past Santos goalkeeper and man of the match, Tashrique Goldman.
2' - Early pressure by Bucks as Madikane's shot is deflected for a corner, 0-0.
6' - Bucks dominating in the opening period, Mkhatshwa coming close to find the back of the net, but his header is saved by Goldman, 0-0.
13' - The homeside starting settle as Burds breaks on the left, but it's Rantabane who clear his dangerous looking cross, 0-0.
17' - Amathol'amnyama bringing the crowd to their feet with some great combination play, just needing a finishing touch. 0-0.
19' - Santos in attack after a lapse in concentration at the back nearly sees Lark's overhead effort finding the net for the homeside, 0-0.
32' - Great Save Maranti! Allie springs the offside trap but the Bucks keeper comes to his sides rescue, 0-0. #NFD
36' - Njokweni cross-come-shot nearly finds Goldman in trouble but the keeper does well to concede the corner. 0-0.
43' - End-to-end stuff down at the Athlone Stadium, a great spirited contest as supporters are being entertained to an evening match 0-0.
49' - Panic in the Bucks box presents Lark with an opportunity to take the lead for the homeside but he heads over the bar, 0-0.
56' - Goal Santos, Rayners finding the opener, 1-0.
58' - Madikane's shot from range nearly finds the back of the net, but Goldman tips it over the bar, 1-0.
Immediate change as Mapompo comes on for Njokweni, 1-0.
Rayners with an audacious cross-come-shot from outside the right wing, catching Maranti off-guard, resulting in the opener, 1-0.
72' - Madikane making way for crowd favourite Jonasi, 1-0.
82' - final substitution Bucks as Mahlobo replaces Spandeel, 1-0.
83' - Mahlobo nearly finds the equaliser but Goldman comes to Santos rescue with a save from point blank range, 1-0.
85' - Jonasi goes down in the box, but receives sees yellow for what was deemed as simulation, 1-0.
6 minutes remaining for a possible place in the last 16
Santos 1-0 Mthatha Bucks (Rayners)
Man of the Match: Santos keeper Tashrique Goldman. Santos 1-0 Mthatha Bucks
Special thanks to our CT-based supporters who despite the result, stayed behind to encourage & wish the players well.