Stanturf turn game on its head

2016-07-12 06:05
Keagan Davids of Young Idols (left) fouls a flying Greenwood Athletic player Leroy Sopio in the penalty box in a Coke Cup knock-out match played in Manenberg on Sunday. Idols, who are the reigning Coke Cup champions, beat the Retreat club 2-1 in a pulsating match to advance to the next round of 32 teams of the competition. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Keagan Davids of Young Idols (left) fouls a flying Greenwood Athletic player Leroy Sopio in the penalty box in a Coke Cup knock-out match played in Manenberg on Sunday. Idols, who are the reigning Coke Cup champions, beat the Retreat club 2-1 in a pulsating match to advance to the next round of 32 teams of the competition. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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A rejuvenated Stanturf United side turned the game on its head, fought back remarkably well and silenced their critics with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory against Strandfontein in a Safa Cape Town Coca-Cola Cup match on Sunday.

The all-Mitchell’s Plain LFA derby in the round of the last 64 was a game that had a bit of everything – including drama in which two players from the Strandfontein side, namely Chad Jones in the first half and Shamiel Young during the second half, received marching orders from referee Anwar Alexander for a deliberate handball and dangerous play respectively.

Although the “Seagulls” were playing on their home turf at the Strandfontein sports complex, they had to be content to finish this high intensity game with nine players.

Strandfontein were foolish to be reduced to nine players and no doubt brought it upon themselves – though they gave it their all, they were pressurised by a transformed and aggressive Stanturf side who were equally determined to proceed to the next round.

As a result, Stanturf United’s victory will see them pitting their skills against Young Pirates of Heideveld LFA on Sunday 24 July in the round of the last 32.

Besides Jeanne Valentyn’s Stanturf United, Beacon Spurs is the only other team from Mitchell’s Plain who are amongst the surviving contestants while Liverpool-Portland, Juventus, Cedar United Heinz Park, Ashley Rovers, Highlands Park, Juventus and Leeds Lentegeur all joined Strandfontein in making an exit.

Eric Davey, a club official of Stanturf United, says the players held their nerve and came back after being 2-1 down to score three goals in the second half and win the game 4-3.

“I think we were just a different side after the changeover and our endurance and skill on the ball were the key factors to our match-winning success,” adds Davey.

For the Seagulls, Seanleigh Gladden scored a brace and Ian Floris added the third goal while Abdullah Davis, Marlon Opperman (2) and Monray van Niekerk scored for Stanturf United.

. Liverpool Portland blew it. After having held a comfortable 2-0 cushion against Grassy Park United, they ended level 3-3 at normal time and lost 7-6 on penalties in an interesting shootout challenge in which both teams were successful with their first five compulsory spot kicks.

In another exciting and see-saw game both goalkeepers – Kurt Timm (Cedar United) and Nazier Stoffels (FC Orient) – were equal to the task and brought off a few excellent saves that produced good entertainment.

With that in mind FC Orient shaded Cedar United 2-1 and will meet their Manenberg neighbours D&G Orient (who beat Tottenham Hotspurs 1-0) in the next round.

Rushen Abrahams in the no.3 shirt is a livewire and a bundle of energy and it showed on the field as he helped himself to two goals with the decisive winning goal coming in the 83rd minute.

Cedar United scored first in the first half through Nazeem Cloete while Orient’s Dale America and Gareth Syms caught the eye with good dribbling touches.

Also at Strandfontein, the Athlone LFA side, SSS Academy won the nine-goal contest battle against Heinz Park of Mitchell’s Plain with a 6-3 result.

Super-sub Isma-eel (Gallie) Valentine will be remembered more for scoring five of the goals for SSS Academy.

Meanwhile Young Idols – the defending champs – entered the last 32, thanks to goals from Durand Mitchell and Shannon Hendricks – they beat Greenwood Athletic 2-1 in Manenberg and will face three-time former champions Jamestown United in their next game.

Draw for the round of 32 in the Coca-Cola Cup: Young Pirates vs Stanturf United, Ashford Athletic vs Glendene United, Hustlas t Langa Citizens, Wesfleur vs SSS Academy, Wesley United vs Two For Joy, Spenston vs Melchester Rovers, Eleven Attackers vs Beacon Spurs, Everton Spurs vs Florentina, FCG Hotspurs vs Cape Town Military, Grassy Park United vs Crystal Palace, Rygersdal vs Delft Badgers, TUBS vs Silver Spurs, Central vs Stephanian Ottery, FC Orient vs D&G Orient, Young Idols vs Jamestown United and United FC vs Ace Mates.


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