Defence hold 2014 champions to a draw

2015-05-27 06:00

HEARTS’ Premier fixture was not played last Friday night because of load shedding. This seems to be becoming a part of our football lives.

Down the road at the Oval, power was on and Callies continued their quest for league honours with a convincing 5-1 beating of NMB Municipality. Callies were 3-0 up at half time. Kurt Petersen’s rich goal-scoring form continued when he helped himself to four goals and Shane de Boer put in one in this one-sided match.

At Bridgemead, newcomers Toshiba Old Grey held on to edge Highbury out by one goal to nil last Saturday. Highbury held their own until 20 minutes into the second half, when Jerry Ngogo scored the winner for Old Grey.

The Victoria Park Sports Club was where Central Acemates achieved a good 5-1 win over Motherwell Soccer Academy. Siwongile Nunu and Lwazi Sawula opened the scoring for Acemates deep into the first half.

In the second half, Lwazi Sawula helped himself to a hat trick with a further two goals and Siwongile Nunu rounded off his brace with his second goal.

PE Defence had the honour of holding the 2014 Premier League champs, NMMU Madibaz, to a one-all draw on the EC Defence grounds. Thangenie took Defence into half-time 1-0 up with a superb field goal. Madibaz tried all they could to get back into the game, but the Defence defence held very well. After many squandered chances from Kieran Koert and Claudius Sagandira, Kerabo Mathlabi eventually scored the equaliser for Madibaz to ensure them a share of the points.

Last Sunday, Forresters edged out KwaDwesi All Stars 2-1.

Kweila Ntombana opened the scoring for Forresters well into the first half to go into the half-time break one goal to the good. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Khanya Mavitana equalised for KwaDwesi. After some very good interplay, Ace Gadlela scored the winner for Forresters in the 80th minute of the game.

Fixtures for Round 8 are as follows:

Friday Toshiba Old Grey vs Kwadwesi All Stars at Old Grey at 8:15pm and NMMU Madibaz vs Hearts at South Campus at 8:15pm. Saturday Central Acemates vs NMB Municipality at Victoria Park Sports Club at 3:30pm, Forresters vs Motherwell Soccer Academy at T.B.A. at 3:30pm. Sunday Callies vs P.E. Defence at Londt Park at 3:30pm and Warriors vs Highbury at T.B.A. at 3:30pm.

Youth report:

THE two biggest junior clubs in the PEFA stable, Callies and St George’s, faced off in the first of the 2015 derby days at the Union fields in Park Drive on Sunday.

Callies drew first blood in the u/11A game, winning 1-0 with a goal by Connor Mitchell. The St George’s team had numerous scoring opportunities, but failed to capitalise. Callies also took the honours with a 4-1 win in the u/11B game.

Callies then went on to take the second big game of the day in the u/13A division in another close encounter, with Jared Grassow again finding the net for his team, giving them the victory by one goal to nil.

St George’s got their first win with their u/13B team, beating Callies u/13B, also 1-0, with their goal coming from the boot of Ayabukwa Mzewuza.

In the u/9 division, the Callies Bravehearts (C team) beat the St George’s Cavaliers by three goals to nil, with the B teams, the Callies Thistles and the St George’s Braves, playing out to a goalless draw. The A teams battled it out in probably the best game of u/9 football this season, with St George’s emerging the winner with a first-half goal by Connor Olivier to hand St George’s the victory.

A single goal again separated the teams in the u/15A division, with St George’s winning by 3-2. The scores were level at 2-2 until the last minute, but St George’s midfielder Nick Broek showed a burst of speed to capitalise on a loose ball in the six-yard box and score the winning goal. Athi Komani and Litha Jela scored St George’s’ other two goals.

Callies u/15B ran away with an easy 7-0 win over St George’s u/15B. In the final clash of the day, the u/17 teams took to the field at 3pm under the experienced eye of Pefa referee Scott Christie.

St George’s went 1-0 up in the opening minutes after a superb run by right-winger Thando Mancam. Mancam found the net again shortly thereafter to make it 2-0, but Callies pulled one back to go into the break 2-1 down.

The second half was very evenly matched until the dying minutes, when super sub Sly Njenje scored for St George’s to seal the game at 3-1.

Summary: played 10, St George’s won four, Callies won five, one draw.

In other games, a gutsy Hearts u/17 came from two goals down at the break against unbeaten KwaDwesi All Stars to win the game 3-2. Tai Jensen and Ndibulele Zola scored for Hearts, with the last-minute winner coming from the boot of Cuan Kingwill.

Onwabile Jongikhaya and Lufezo Zolelo scored for KwaDwesi. NMMU u/15 produced a fine display in a goalfest at the Missionvale campus fields, beating KwaDwesi 6-3. KwaDwesi’s three goals came from the boot of Sibusiso Jaxa in his third hat trick of the season

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