Beacon Spurs book semi-final spot

2016-09-06 09:25
Darren Maarman of Rygersdal (left) rises to beat Beacon Spurs player Luke Sauls to the ball during the quarter finals of the Coke cup played at the Lingulethu sport complex in Khayelitsha on Sunday. Spurs won the match 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals.PHOTO:

Darren Maarman of Rygersdal (left) rises to beat Beacon Spurs player Luke Sauls to the ball during the quarter finals of the Coke cup played at the Lingulethu sport complex in Khayelitsha on Sunday. Spurs won the match 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals.PHOTO:

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Beacon Spurs of Mitchell’s Plain have booked their spot in the semi-final of the Coke Cup after beating Rygersdal 2-0 at the Lingelethu Sport Complex in Khayelitsha on Sunday 4 September.People’s Post correspondent Rashied Isaacs says the match started at a furious pace with Rygersdal getting the better of the bumpy underfoot conditions.It was clear from the outset that Rygersdal would make use of their speedy wingers Ferrell Williams and Faeez Adams.

Rygersdal tormented the defensive patterns of Spurs in the first 20 minutes with Spurs’ goalkeeper Morgan Shultz the busier of the two shot-stoppers.“The Spurs defence looked at sixes and sevens during the opening stanza and this lead to numerous scoring opportunities for the likes of Adams and Williams who seemingly left their scoring boots at home. Beacon Spurs were happy just to soak up the pressure and used the aerial balls to counter Rygersdal,” he adds.

Spurs would eventually take the lead in the 21st minute, against the general run of play, when a rare mistake by Rygersdal keeper Khasief Trumpeter in the penalty area allowed Thahier Martin to score from a rebound after Trumpeter could not hold onto the ball from a floated free kick.

The goal allowed the Mitchell’s Plain outfit to settle into a more cohesive unit with Shane Jacobs leading the front line. Rygersdal would feel hard done by for not making their initial dominance work to their advantage, instead changing ends while trailing to the odd goal. The second half would see Spurs come out with more purpose and it looked like the half-time pep talk energised them.

However, the combination of the hard-tackling Darren Maarman and Vaughn Jacobs for Rygersdal kept the lively Jacobs at bay. Lady Luck would not smile on Rygersdal as Lance Rhoda and Adams both hit the goalpost in the 56th and 61st minutes respectively.

The attack-minded Spurs got more than what they bargained for when Jacobs pounced to score from close range in the 77th minute. The second goal of the match brought the roof down and the crowd to their feet at the Lingelethu Stadium, with the Spurs supporters in full voice. Rygersdal threw caution to the wind in an effort to wrestle their way back into the contest, but Spurs remained resolute in defence to shut out any courageous comebacks and seal a spot in one of Cape Town’s sought-after Cup competitions.

Spurs will be joined in the final four by Melchester Rovers and Two for Joy.

United will play Young Pirates to see who will fill the last semi-final spot. United ended Ottery Stephanians’ hopes after beating them 2-1 in a replay of their quarter-final match.

A disciplinary committee deemed Stephanians to be in contravention of the competition rules after it was found they fielded an extra substitute during their 6-0 thumping of United two weeks ago.

Semi-final fixtures:

Melchester Rovers v Two For Joy

Beacon Spurs v United FC/Young Pirates

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