Oval North take home spoils

2017-10-10 06:00
Bryan Hodson (captain) and Faeed Williams (manager) from Oval North High receive their trophy for winning the tournament from Nasief Morris.

Bryan Hodson (captain) and Faeed Williams (manager) from Oval North High receive their trophy for winning the tournament from Nasief Morris.

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The second edition of the u.16 Gavin Manuel Memorial Legacy Schools Cup delivered its second champion in two years.

Oval North who came in as an Eleventh hour replacement for Steenberg High were crowned champions after beating Glendale Secondary School 1-0 in a closely contested final on Tuesday at the two-day event at the Bayhill United Legacy grounds at Rocklands High in Mitchell’s Plain.

Zubair Felix scored the winning goal five minutes before the final whistle.

Oval North qualified for the winner section after winning one match and drawing two to finish second in Group D, behind Muizenberg High.

Oval North road to the final came via a quarter final win over Mondale High 2-1 in a penalty shootout after the teams were goalless, and a 1-0 victory over Princeton High in the semi finals.

Glendale High, who topped Group C with two wins and a draw, beat Westridge High 1-0 in the quarter finals, and comprehensively beat Portlands High 3-0 in the other semi final.

Portlands High, the only team to secure a full house of nine points in the group stages ended third in the tournament and also won team of the tournament.

Besides the trophy and medals they won, Oval North High and Glendale Secondary also won as part of their prize a coaching clinic and a set of soccer jersey for both teams.

The prize was sponsored Football4All which is headed up by former Bafana Bafana striker George Dearnaley.

Other former Bafana Bafana player’s like brother’s Thabo and Thando Mngomeni, Gerald Stober, Nasief Morris and David Kannemeyer are some of the coaches involved with Football4All.

Beacon Hill last year’s losing finalist beat last year’s championship Livingstone High 1-0 to win the Plate section.

Aloe High standout player Touheer Wagenstroom walks off with Player of the Tournament and Top Goal scorer, six goals in six games, awards.

Leathan Croats from Mondale High won Top Goalkeeper award.

The tournament saw sixteen teams divide into four groups compete to be crown ­Champions.

Oval North High, Glendale Secondary Westridge High, Witteboome High and Belgravia High made their debut at the event.

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