Carter lift trophy

2014-09-23 00:00

CARTER High School are the football champions of Pietermaritzburg after their success this weekend in the fourth ever PMB High Schools FA Cup.

The tournament was played at Carter, with pool matches taking place on Saturday and the knockouts on Sunday.

PMB’s Haythorme Secondary won the girls section, defending the title they won last year.

The much-fancied Maritzburg College, who bombed out at the group stages, bounced back to win the Boys’ Shield on Sunday while Alexandra High lifted the Girls’ Shield.

One of the major talking points of the tournament came in one of the boys quarter-finals, when Alex finished on the right side of a 13-12 penalty shootout against Greytown High after the match had ended 0-0. Alex ran out of steam in the semis, though, going down to Ixopo — also via a shootout.

Ixopo, who lifted the trophy in 2011, were no match for the Carterians in the tournament final.

After having advanced through their group at a canter with wins over St Charles (1-0) and Maritzburg Christian School (4-0), the Carter boys dispatched of Linpark in the quarter-finals (1-0) and Haythorne in the semi-finals (2-1). The final was one-way traffic, with Carter outplaying Ixopo to win 5-1 and lift their first piece of major school soccer silverware.

“This is a momentous occasion for the school and I think it is safe to say that we are now one of the best football schools in the region,” Carter’s director of sport Ismail Kajee told The Witness yesterday.

Carter captain Mafika Ndlovu was named player of the tournament while Haythorne’s Tre Grantham won the top scorer award, with five goals.

Both boys, who have already featured for the AmaZulu reserves in the Multichoice Diski Challenge this season, have now been awarded bursaries to attend the Sharks-AmaZulu academy from 2015, which will cover their academic and training fees.

The girls player of the tournament was Haythorne captain Amanda van Wyk and top goal scorer for a second year in a row was Slindile Chonco, also from Haythorne with eight goals.

“This has become the premier football tournament for schools in the region,” said tournament director Dan Haswell.

Boys Results (top 2 in each group progresses, bottom team go into Shield section)

Group A:

Haythorne 2-1 Greytown

Haythorne 5-0 St Nicholas

Greytown 2-1 St Nicholas

Group B:

Alex 6-2 Howick

Alex 4-0 Heritage

Heritage 1-0 Howick

Group C:

Carter 1-0 St Charles

Carter 4-0 MCS

MCS 1-0 St Charles

Group D:

M College 1-1 Ixopo

M College 1-1 Linpark

Ixopo 3-3 Linpark

Shield Semi-Finals

M College 1-0 St Charles

St Nicholas 1-0 Howick

Shield Final

M College 2-1 St Nicholas

Cup Quarter-Finals

Carter 2-0 Linpark

Ixopo 3-1 MCS

Haythorne 3-0 Heritage

Alex 0-0 Greytown (Alex win 13-12 on penalties)

Cup Semi-Finals

Carter 2-1 Haythorne

Ixopo 1-1 Alex (Ixopo win 6-5 on penalties)

Cup Final

Carter 5-1 Ixopo


Haythorne 11 vs 0 Carter B

Alex 0 vs 1 Linpark

Haythorne 0 vs 0 Alex

Carter B 0 vs 2 Linpark

Haythorne 1 vs 0 Linpark

Carter B 0 vs 4 Alex

Carter A 2 – 1 MCS

Heritage 0 – 2 Epworth

Carter 2 – 0 Heritage

MCS 0 – 1 Epworth

Carter A 1 – 0 Epworth

MCS 2 – 1 Heritage

Shield Semi-Finals

Alex 1 - 0 Heritage

Carter B 1 - 0 MCS

Shield Final

Alex 1 - 0 Carter B

Cup Semi-Finals

Haythorne 1 - 0 Epworth

Linpark 2 - 0 Carter A

Cup Final

Haythorne 1 - 0 Linpark.

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