Alexandra defend Maritzburg Cup after tense penalty shoot-out

2013-09-17 00:00

ALEXANDRA High School defended their Maritzburg Cup title over the weekend, beating Haythorne Secondary in a penalty shoot-out after 50 minutes of football failed to produce a goal.

The game between the schools, regarded as the top two in Pietermaritzburg over the past school football season, was a tight affair with not many chances.

While the boys from Alexandra played through the entire tournament — hosted by Carter High School — without conceding, Haythorne had to dig deep to win a thrilling semi-final against a young Maritzburg College side.

Having been 3-0 up, Haythorne let College back into the game and had to rely on a late winner to advance to the final with a 4-3 win.

Both teams in the final had their chance to win it, but they were few and far between, and the winner was never going to be determined in open play.

With the first 10 spot kicks finding the back of the net, Haythorne mistakenly thought they had won the game and rushed to their ’keeper after Alexandra missed their first penalty in sudden death.

But Haythorne also missed the next kick, handing Alexandra a lifeline and ultimately the trophy as they scored their next penalty while Haythorne missed theirs.

After the game, Maxwell Kafesu, the delighted Alexandra coach, said defending the trophy they won last year was special.

“We came here with the plan to defend it,” he said.

“We did not concede one single goal in the entire tournament and the plan worked. I’m very happy about that,” he said.

He also gave a warning to other schools in Pietermaritzburg, saying that he would have most of his players back next year.

The players who stood out for him were his captain Siyabonga Mbona and Philekane Nene.

Haythorne coach Peter Pietersen congratulated Alexandra, and said the game against College had taken a lot out of them.

“We were 3-0 up only to find ourselves back at 3-3. That took a lot out of us,” he said.

He too said he would have a lot of his players back next year, but would be without his captain Kellan Mackay, who was named player of the tournament.

He also expressed delight at the Haythorne girls’ team, who beat first timers Voortrekker in the final.


Boys group A

Carter 2 vs Voortrekker 1

Carter 1 vs Haythorne 1

Voortrekker 0 — Haythorne 5

Boys group B

Alexandra 2 vs St Charles 0

Alexandra 2 vs Greytown 0

St Charles 1 vs Greytown 0

Boys group C

Maritzburg College 3 vs Linpark 3

Maritzburg College 3 vs St Nicholas 0

Linpark 4 vs St Nicholas 0


Maritzburg College 3 vs Haythorne 4

Alexandra 0 vs Linpark 0 Alexandra won on penalties


Alexandra 0 vs Haythorne 0

Alexandra won 6-5 on penalties

Girls group A

Carter B 0 vs Voortrekker 2

Linpark 2 vs Alexandra 0

Carter B vs Linpark 2

Voortrekker 3 vs Alexandra 1

Carter B 0 vs Alex 1

Voortrekker 0 vs Linpark 0

Girls group B

Haythorne 2 vs St Anne’s 1

Carter A 0 vs Epworth 0

Haythorne 5 vs Carter A 0

St Anne’s 1 vs Epworth 2

Haythorne 3 vs Epworth 2

St Anne’s vs Carter A (St Anne’s forfeit the game)


Epworth 0 vs Haythorne 3

Voortrekker 2 vs Linpark 0


Voortrekker 0 — Haythorne 3

Top goalscorer (girls): Silindile Chonco — Haythorne, 11 goals.

Top goalscorer (boys): Ryan Moon — Maritzburg College, eight goals.

Player of the tournament (girls): Silindile Chonco — Haythorne.

Player of the tournament (boys): Kellan Mackay — Haythorne.

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