Elvis magic sinks Ashley FC

2014-03-27 00:00

RIDING high after winning the Misty Hills tournament, Ashley FC let things slip against Chatsworth Legends last week, losing their first pre-season match 5-4.

Coach Sebastian Olejniczak was left a little more than frustrated on the touchline, seeing his charges completely lose the plot and proceed to lose the match after being 3-1 ahead.

Playing at Ashley, the Legends started well, controlling possession and knocking the ball around. However, scoring opportunities were not forthcoming as Ashley looked solid in defence, holding their shape.

Elvis Govender, a vital cog in Ashley’s engine room, was turning out for the Legends and he put one over his team-mates by opening the scoring for the visitors late in the first half.

Ashley bounced back soon after when a great through ball saw striker Dave Wessels make the most of the opportunity and the two sides changed ends locked at 1-1. Creating more clear chances to add to their tally, Ashley went 3-1 ahead, thanks to Cliffy Govender maintaining his 100% strike rate this season and a penalty from Matthew Kidgwell.

With the match seemingly in the bag for the home side, they went completely pear-shaped, losing shape in midfield and defence, a classic example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Elvis Govender completed his hat-trick five minutes from the end and although Wessels managed to grab his second goal, the match had slipped away from the home side.

Despite Wessels’ two strikes and a solid showing from Blaine Meyer, Ashley’s man of the match was Hendrik Fehsenfeld who was tireless on the field and instrumental in setting up numerous scoring opportunities. Chatsworth Legends’ man of the match was the hat-trick hero, Elvis Govender.

In another friendly, FC Burrough beat BOB (Brettenwood Old Boys) 3-0, with all goals coming in the first half. Luke Humphreys, Grant McIntyre and Peter van der Vlies did the damage. Man of the match was Humphreys.

Highway United also played a pre-season clash, beating Blues 4-0.

• Good news on the local soccer front is Escombe FC joining Pinetown and Districts. The club from Queensburgh has a proud history and produced competitive teams at all levels.

With Escombe also having a strong youth section, their joining the Pinetown set up has enabled the re-launching of junior structures at Pinetown, where players from U6 to U17 will be accommodated.

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