Anniversary Tourney a success

2015-11-26 06:00
ThanX B FC and TRT FC players fight for possession in the Open Division final. Photo: darshan rangai

ThanX B FC and TRT FC players fight for possession in the Open Division final. Photo: darshan rangai

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MAIDSTONE Football Club held their 75 year anniversary tournament at the Watson Park ground in Tongaat at the weekend.

The tournament had 4 cup ties with the U15, U17, Over 35 and Open Division finals including an exhibition game between players over 45 from Maidstone FC and players over 45 from PMB Boys.

Maidstone FC manager, Moolie Govender said the tournament was a fitting celebration to the club as each tie was exciting and tough.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary tournament because all the teams played their hearts out and they were excellent ambassadors of the game,” said Govender.

The tournament finals kicked off with the U15 division final between Troublemakers FC and Prospect stars, which Troublemakers won 3-0 to claim the Jaybalan Kisten Cup.

“It was a good constructive game and both teams played well,” said Govender.

“Like the score line showed, troublemakers dominated the game a bit, but they both fought hard.”

In the U17 cup final, Flamingo All Stars played Disco FC which All Stars won 1-0 to lift the Henry Reddy and Family Cup after scoring deep into the 2nd half.

“This was a very tight encounter and everyone was on the edge of their seats until the final whistle,” said Govender.

In-between the junior and senior cup finals, an exhibition game between the players over 45 from Maidstone FC and PMB Boys was played.

The match finished 1-1, but it was one of the highlights of the tournament, says Govender.

“It was a great game to bring back the old players and old stalwarts of the club. It was also good for the younger guys to see some of the players from the old days take the field again. There were players as old as 50-60 donning their jerseys again and it created a lot of nostalgia,” said Govender.

In the over 35 final which followed, Railways FC played Maidstone FC.

Railways scored and led 1-0 until an equaliser 10 minutes from time took the match into penalties.

After 5 spot kicks each, both teams had converted 4 penalties off their 5 forcing a sudden death shoot out.

Maidstone FC emerged victorious after Railways FC missed and lifted the Lenny Govender memorial Cup.

In the Open Division final, Thanx B FC played TRT FC from Stanger which the local side won 1-0 to claim the Moon Reddy Memorial Cup.

“This encounter was tight and both teams played their hearts out,” said Govender.

“TRT dominated for most of the match but Thanx B was able to score on the counter and that decided the match.”

Govender thanked all the teams who participated throughout the tournament for their sportsmanship and Safa Tongaat for their assistance in ensuring the tournament was a success.

“It was a real fitting tribute to our stalwarts and founding fathers of soccer in Tongaat and also keeping the level of grass roots football alive and well,” said Govender.

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