Young Idols conquer Cup

2015-10-13 06:00
A victorious Young Idols team celebrate lifting this year’s Coca-Cola Cup after beating Milano United 2-1 in the final at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

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A victorious Young Idols team celebrate lifting this year’s Coca-Cola Cup after beating Milano United 2-1 in the final at Athlone Stadium on Saturday. PHOTO: rashied isaacs

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A sizzling volley, 25 yards from goal by defender Lwandile Soboyise lifted Young Idols to its maiden Coca-Cola Cup crown at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

The Manenberg outfit was wrapped in glory after 90 minutes of thrilling soccer as they saw off an equally determined Milan United 2-1 in the lucrative Safa Cape Town knockout competition.

The competition is modelled after the iconic English FA Cup, attracting 532 amateur teams throughout the region.

Young Idols’ ability to show off its prowess, in which the team members dished up some silky moves, probably signified their hunger and willingness to produce the goods to walk away as champions.

Milano United was not completely out of it, but the team was not as effective as its Young Idols counterpart, playing good soccer, but in the wrong areas. When eventually given the opportunity to score twice through striker Fawaaz Basadien, they failed to convert their chances into goals.

That squared chances in which their coach Desmond Crowie shook his head in vain.

Brass bandThe boys in the white and green shirts were spurred on by the brass band from the Manenberg community. Like a 12th man, the band lifted the players. The moment of magic arrived in the 73rd minute when Lwandile Soboyise put up his hand, whizzed past the first two defenders before turning his body in and out of the next four markers. He then unleashed from 25m a volley that left Milano United’s custodian Kyle Johnson clutching invisible straw.

That turned out to be the decisive match-winner that had the R35000 prize and the trophy engraved in Young Idols’ name on a pedestal.

While Crowie and his Milano players’ noses were left buried in the turf – shocked and disappointed, they still earned R20 000.

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