Eagles, Roses vie to win

2015-05-20 06:00
FLYING HIGH: Super Eagles players celebrate after scoring a goal in a recent league fixture against the Welkom-based Dinonyana FC. They are now bracing themselves for a tough match against Clarens Galaxy on Saturday. 

Photo: Teboho Setena

FLYING HIGH: Super Eagles players celebrate after scoring a goal in a recent league fixture against the Welkom-based Dinonyana FC. They are now bracing themselves for a tough match against Clarens Galaxy on Saturday. Photo: Teboho Setena

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THE Bethlehem-based football side Super Eagles boosted their title-winning aspirations of the Free State stream of the South African Football Association’s ABC Motsepe League.

Eagles recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Young Tigers as Roses United slipped up drawing goalless with Bubchu United in league fixtures played on Saturday (16/05) in Bloemfontein and in Bethlehem.

The results favour log-leaders Eagles, leaving Roses with the huge assignment of playing catch-up.

Roses and Eagles are the only two teams vying to win the Free State stream of the Safa ABC Motsepe League.

Eagles top the table with 68 points with two matches to be played to crown the champions. Roses are trailing behind with 65 points, compelled to win their two games.

The two title-chasing clubs will be in action on Saturday (23/05) with Roses taking on Swagger and Eagles Clarens Galaxy. The scenario means Roses have to win and pray that Eagles lose or draw in Saturday’s crucial fixture. As Eagles they have to remain focused and leave nothing to chance to seal the championship race.

As things stand, the battle for the Free State championship will be decided at the last fixture when the two contestants, Roses and Eagles, meet on 30 May at the Bohlokong Stadium. The Bethlehem outfit are in a tightly-contested race with Roses. Both have intensified their chances of winning the title.

A week ago, Roses recorded a 4-0 win over the struggling Days, while Eagles narrowly beat Dinonyana 2-1 after they were made to conjure up some fighting spirit by gutsy Welkom-based Dinonyana.

The winner of the Free State Safa ABC Motsepe League qualifies for this year’s Safa second division national promotional play-offs to be staged in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

The national promotional play-offs will bring the winner a step closer to playing in the professional league, National First Division (NFD).

Should Eagles win the provincial title, they will make their first appearance at the national play-offs while Roses will be making their fourth appearance.

Roses were relegated from the NFD at the end of the 2013-’14 season following their dismal failure

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