Easter tourney draws the masses

2009-04-13 00:00

The Northdale Stadium was the place to be over the weekend as masses of fans went to the grounds to watch the Pietermaritzburg Easter Soccer Tournament, hosted by Padsa (Pietermaritzburg and District Soccer Association). There was magnificent soccer played throughout the long weekend and the supporters just loved it.

Garlandale FC from Athlone in the Western Cape became the 2009 champions when they beat the local favourites Sobantu Shooting Stars 1-0 in the final. The game was almost pedestrian in the first half, but came to life in the second when Wayne Bailey headed in a delightful goal to send the visitors into the lead.

That goal changed the whole game, as the play swung from end to end, with Sobantu coming close to scoring, but unable to finish.

They were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box when one of the Garlandale defenders brought down a player from Sobantu almost on the stroke of full time. The shot was well blocked and Sobantu hung their heads as the final whistle blew.

The football was just as exciting in the other groups. In the group two final, the Padsa Premier League Champions, Northern Suburbs outplayed Tigers, but conceded a penalty in the second half, slotted home by Mfanafuthi Dlamini, which cost them the game.

The over 35 section was won by Blue Bells from Cape Town. Most of the Blue Bells players played in this tournament in the ’70s and most of them are greyish or bald. They took on Maritzburg,

who also featured the big names of yesteryear. Bells won on the penalty shootout.

Juniors results: Under 11 — Northern Suburbs beat Maritzburg Sporting on Penalties.

Under 13 — Maritzburg Spurs 3 Rebel Spurs 1

Under 15 — Power City 2 Maritzburg United 1

Under 17 — Westville 2 New Generation 0

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