Strandfontein sent packing

2017-09-05 06:00

A determined and highly motivated Strandfontein AFC side kept their hopes alive in the lucrative 21st anniversary of Safa Cape Town’s top-ranked amateur Coca-Cola Cup when they sent Glendene United reeling in a 2-1 defeat on Sunday.

This encounter in the last 16 round was played on a well-groomed surface at the Hanover Park sports complex where the capacity crowd was entertained with high-class soccer that included all the ingredients of quality play and entertainment – a good advert for the prestigious amateur soccer knockout event.

The team affectionately called the “Seagulls” will now prepare for their next hurdle, a quarter-final clash against Crystal Palace at the Rocklands sport complex in Mitchell’s Plain on Sunday.

The Seagulls’ players showed true character and worked hard.

Coach Mornay de Lange was delighted and explained after the game that it was important that they exhibited a positive attitude.

“The message to the team was to put as much pressure on the opposition as possible very early in the game. This energetic and full-of-running Strandfontein side kept their composure and shape though the opposition appeared to be much stronger as they tried to catch us on the counter during an energy-sapping second half,” said De Lange.

Glendene United’s rearguard of Liyabanda Zini, Siyabonga Sigeni, Justin Alexander and Mkhululi Kondleka, together with their custodian Clayton du Plessis (the former Tafelsig High learner who cut his teeth in the MRP schools league), were put under pressure by the penetrative runs of Seon Gladden, Dale April, Keanan Ford and Brandon Julius in the blue and white jerseys.

The constant pressure paid off and Chad Jones latched on to score a gem of a goal worthy of Goal of the Season status.

The 1-0 lead did not let the Seagulls relax for a moment. They started to attack the opposition with aggressive play down the flanks. Jason Alexander, Ford and Jones found themselves caught in a defensive web often as Glendene did well to clear their goal area with good defence.

Strandfontein held a comfortable 2-0 cushion when Ford rounded off a cross from Jones after Liam Miller flicked a pass behind Glenedene’s Jordan de Caires.

Thereafter the boys in red and white started to pick themselves up. When Daniel Asumxpalige reduced the deficit to 2-1 with a good shot, Glendene started to come back strongly with Olwethu Nogilana and Luyanda Niyake in full flight.

However, solid defence by Ashley Dry, Russel Melemphy, Marcello Frantz and Liam Miller, coupled with excellent point-blank saves by goalie Clint Klaassen, the Seagulls held on and kept the scoreline intact to warrant a well-deserved 2-1 victory.

In the other two matches both Hanover Park FC “Brasse vanni Park” and Silver Spurs secured 1-0 victories and a place in the quarter-finals after eliminating Langa Wanderers and FCG Hotspurs respectively.

While Layro Mamba’s first-half strike proved to be the match winner for the Brasse vanni Park, it took a penalty strike by goalkeeper Wasiem Poggenpoel to lift Silver Spurs to victory after the referee had penalised Safwaan Green for a dangerous tackle.

UWC Ladies – the defending champions – are on course to defend their title following last week’s win against Spurs Ladies at Nyanga stadium.

In the boys u.18 group, last year’s champions, Glendene United, made an exit from the competition in Hanover Park on Sunday, when they lost 4-2 on penalties to Hout Bay United after the game ended goalless.

Quarter-final drawSouthampton vs Silver Spurs, Valhalla United/ Rygersdal vs Woodlands United, D&G Orient vs Hanover Park, Strandfontein vs Crystal Palace.

Results . Men: Silver Spurs 1, FCG Hotspurs 0; Hanover Park 1, Langa Wanderers 0; Strandfontein 2, Glendene United 1.

. Women: Burnley United 4, Ocean View Ladies 0; Manenberg Ladies 3, CPUT Ladies 0; Phoenix Spurs 3, Goal Hunters 2; Vasco da Gama 2, Ambassadors Ladies 1.

. Boys u.18: Avendale Athletico 4, Milano United 2 (penalties, 0-0); Jamestown United 1, Trinitarians 0; Hout Bay United 4, Glendene United 2 (penalties, 0-0).

A determined and highly motivated Strandfontein AFC side kept their hopes alive in the lucrative 21st anniversary of Safa Cape Town’s top-ranked amateur Coca-Cola Cup when they sent Glendene United reeling in a 2-1 defeat on Sunday.

This encounter in the last 16 round was played on a well-groomed surface at the Hanover Park sports complex where the capacity crowd was entertained with high-class soccer that included all the ingredients of quality play and entertainment – a good advert for the prestigious amateur soccer knockout event.

The team affectionately called the “Seagulls” will now prepare for their next hurdle, a quarter-final clash against Crystal Palace at the Rocklands sport complex in Mitchell’s Plain on Sunday.

The Seagulls’ players showed true character and worked hard.

Coach Mornay de Lange was delighted and explained after the game that it was important that they exhibited a positive attitude.

“The message to the team was to put as much pressure on the opposition as possible very early in the game. This energetic and full-of-running Strandfontein side kept their composure and shape though the opposition appeared to be much stronger as they tried to catch us on the counter during an energy-sapping second half,” said De Lange.

Glendene United’s rearguard of Liyabanda Zini, Siyabonga Sigeni, Justin Alexander and Mkhululi Kondleka, together with their custodian Clayton du Plessis (the former Tafelsig High learner who cut his teeth in the MRP schools league), were put under pressure by the penetrative runs of Seon Gladden, Dale April, Keanan Ford and Brandon Julius in the blue and white jerseys.

The constant pressure paid off and Chad Jones latched on to score a gem of a goal worthy of Goal of the Season status.

The 1-0 lead did not let the Seagulls relax for a moment. They started to attack the opposition with aggressive play down the flanks. Jason Alexander, Ford and Jones found themselves caught in a defensive web often as Glendene did well to clear their goal area with good defence.

Strandfontein held a comfortable 2-0 cushion when Ford rounded off a cross from Jones after Liam Miller flicked a pass behind Glenedene’s Jordan de Caires.

Thereafter the boys in red and white started to pick themselves up. When Daniel Asumxpalige reduced the deficit to 2-1 with a good shot, Glendene started to come back strongly with Olwethu Nogilana and Luyanda Niyake in full flight.

However, solid defence by Ashley Dry, Russel Melemphy, Marcello Frantz and Liam Miller, coupled with excellent point-blank saves by goalie Clint Klaassen, the Seagulls held on and kept the scoreline intact to warrant a well-deserved 2-1 victory.

In the other two matches both Hanover Park FC “Brasse vanni Park” and Silver Spurs secured 1-0 victories and a place in the quarter-finals after eliminating Langa Wanderers and FCG Hotspurs respectively.

While Layro Mamba’s first-half strike proved to be the match winner for the Brasse vanni Park, it took a penalty strike by goalkeeper Wasiem Poggenpoel to lift Silver Spurs to victory after the referee had penalised Safwaan Green for a dangerous tackle.

UWC Ladies – the defending champions – are on course to defend their title following last week’s win against Spurs Ladies at Nyanga stadium.

In the boys u.18 group, last year’s champions, Glendene United, made an exit from the competition in Hanover Park on Sunday, when they lost 4-2 on penalties to Hout Bay United after the game ended goalless.

Quarter-final drawSouthampton vs Silver Spurs, Valhalla United/ Rygersdal vs Woodlands United, D&G Orient vs Hanover Park, Strandfontein vs Crystal Palace.

Results . Men: Silver Spurs 1, FCG Hotspurs 0; Hanover Park 1, Langa Wanderers 0; Strandfontein 2, Glendene United 1.

. Women: Burnley United 4, Ocean View Ladies 0; Manenberg Ladies 3, CPUT Ladies 0; Phoenix Spurs 3, Goal Hunters 2; Vasco da Gama 2, Ambassadors Ladies 1.

. Boys u.18: Avendale Athletico 4, Milano United 2 (penalties, 0-0); Jamestown United 1, Trinitarians 0; Hout Bay United 4, Glendene United 2 (penalties, 0-0).

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