Jamestown rue missed chances

2016-08-23 06:00
Marawaan Bantam of Jamestown United (left) challenges for the ball with Citizen’s Mfundo Mhlabeni in a Coca-Cola Cup match on Sunday. PHOTO: Peter Abrahams/SON

Marawaan Bantam of Jamestown United (left) challenges for the ball with Citizen’s Mfundo Mhlabeni in a Coca-Cola Cup match on Sunday. PHOTO: Peter Abrahams/SON

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Three-time Coca-Cola Cup champions Jamestown United sent their supporters home disappointed after coming unstuck in the round of 16.

A penalty shoot-out ended 8-7 in favour of Citizens at the William Herbert sport grounds in Wynberg on Sunday 21 August.

According to correspondent Joseph Pillay, the match ended 1-1 in regulation time between the Athlone-based Jamestown United and Citizens from Langa.

Jamestown – who were crowned champions in 1997, 1998 and 2008 – had their hopes of becoming the first four-time Coke Cup champions thrown out the window after leading much of the match 1-0 thanks to Daniel Paulse, who scored in the 20th minute after two chances were wasted by teammates Denzil Paulse and Ryan Brooks. Jamestown United will rue the slew of missed opportunities following poor finishing as they were seen to have dictated matters.

The Langa team’s goalkeeper, Sibusiso Zenani, kept his team in the hunt following two fine stops to keep the two Paulses out. This allowed them the chance to then lay siege on United’s goal and although they defended well, Citizens never gave up and scored the equaliser in the 91st minute of the match when Cecil Nonkelela capitalised on a goal-scoring opportunity. This meant that the match would have to be decided via a penalty shoot-out, which went in Citizen’s favour.

Two other teams from the Athlone LFA, SSS Academy and FCG Hotspurs, also made their respective exits from the competition over the weekend.

A well-taken goal by Nkukuleko Kwabiso resulted in Two For Joy, from Helderberg, to beat Ebrahiem Mustapha’s SSS Academy 1-0.

Meanwhile, 2006 champions, Rygersdal kept their hopes alive after beating FCG Hotspurs 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.

In other matches, Stephanian Ottery put United to the sword, beating them 6-0.

A Ryan Wildeman hat-trick as well as goals by Denzil Minnaar, Jared Pastor and Abdul-Karriem Abdol ensured the rout.

Six matches could not be completed on Sunday 21 August due to drenched pitches and have been postponed to Sunday 28 August.

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