Ashford eye top-four spot

2016-07-05 06:00
Southampton put in 5-star performance Devonshire United player Roman Booysen (left) jumps to control the ball in mid air with Sedick Solemos of Southampton putting in a challenge during a Super League game played at William Herbert sports grounds on Saturday. Southampton trounced Rovers 5-0. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Southampton put in 5-star performance Devonshire United player Roman Booysen (left) jumps to control the ball in mid air with Sedick Solemos of Southampton putting in a challenge during a Super League game played at William Herbert sports grounds on Saturday. Southampton trounced Rovers 5-0. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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It is no secret that Ashford Athletic is eyeing a top-four finish.

Their 2-0 victory against Wesley United in Saturday’s Cape District LFA Super League encounter at the William Herbert sports complex in Wynberg brought some reality to their aspiration and currently place second on the league table.

The Heathfield-based side moved three places up, bypassing Stephanian Ottery and Glendene United, who all suffered defeats on Saturday against Salt River Blackpool (3-0) and Ocean View (2-1) respectively.

The much needed victory which was Ashford’s eight in the league boosted their points tally to 26 from 14 assignments.

They are way off the pace to challenge for league honours as Greenwood Athletic must be rated as firm favourites to regain the championship title from Ocean View.

Unbeaten Greenwood Athletic are the current pacesetters with 43 points from 15 matches following their 4-0 comprehensive victory against Grassy Park United in Steenberg.

Nonetheless, Wesley United were not disgraced.

They competed with venom and kept a scoreless first half though they were unlucky on two occasions not to have scored.

During the second stanza Ashford Athletic started throwing their weight around and soon they held the edge in all facets of the game, often stretching their opponents’ rearguard to the limit.

However, Mikhail Aranes turned out to be the star of the show; scoring a brace and paving the way for Ashford Athletic to secure a well deserved 2-0 victory.

Meanwhile Southampton in the early game showed their opponents a clean pair of heels as they humiliated Devonshire Rovers 5-0 after having led 2-0 at the break.

The win gave Southampton a one-point advantage over Richard Mahwayo’s Devonshire side – which are placed tenth with 15 points from 14 matches – while Southampton are presently on 16 points from 13 games.

Nevertheless, the diminutive midfielder, Dillon Arendse of Devonshire Rovers failed to get the batter of Deon Jacobs and company.

The Devonshire attacking players of Daniel Slingers and Olin Warner could also not come to grips with their game.

However, Southampton made their presence felt and five goals were scored through Gershwin January, Marcus Mento in the first half and a further three through Shaheed and Sedick Solomons (2).

Results:

Super League: Greenwood Athletic 4, Grassy Park United 0; Southampton 5, Devonshire Rovers 0; Ocean View 2, Glendene United 1; Ashford Athletic 2, Wesley United 0; Salt River Blackpool 3, Stephanian Ottery 0.

Premier League: Origan Spurs 3, Ambassador in Sport 3; Bridgetown 2, Noordhoek 1; Wolverhampton 2, Eagle Wings 0; RC Athletico 8, Muizenberg 2, FC Cafda 1: RC Athletico 5, Battswood 0.

First League: Southampton 1, Devonshire Rovers 1; Greenwood Athletic 2, Grassy Park United 0; Glendene United 1, Ocean View 0; Wesley United 2, Ashford Athletic 0; RC Athletico 5, Battswood 1; Muizenberg 5, FC Cafda 3; Wolverhampton 4, Eagle Wings 1; Bridgetown 1, Noordhoek 0; Ambassador in Sport 3, Origin Spurs 2.

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