Roses top group A log

2015-07-22 06:00

GLENDENE UNITED of the Western Cape and Free State side Roses United kicked off their campaign in the 2015 Safa Second Division/ABC Motsepe League National Play-Offs with positive results, winning their opening matches.

Glendene defeated African All Stars from Gauteng by 1-0 in a tight but entertaining match at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberly in the Northern Cape, while Roses came from behind to emerge victorious over a stubborn Milford FC from KwaZulu-Natal. In the first match of the day, Milford looked to be cruising to a win when they took the lead in the 14th minute through Mbongeni Ngcobo.

After the break, the Free State side, coached by former Free State Stars player Duncan Lechesa, upped their game by grabbing the equaliser ten minutes after the restart with a goal from Vusi Sikhwela.

It all seemed to be heading for a draw, but Sikhwela pounced again four minutes before the final whistle to give Roses a great start to the championship and lead the top goal scorer standings.

Glendene, coached by former Ajax Cape Town striker Bradley August, took only 25 minutes to get onto the scoresheet and held on for the entire match to get a hard-fought win. All Stars bombarded the Cape side’s goal area, but found goalkeeper Gershwin Kock in fine form.

With two matches to go, Roses lead group A with three points – tied with Glendene – but the Free State has a better goal difference.

Mbombela United are third while Milford FC and All Stars are fourth and fifth respectively following their losses.

The 2015 ABC Motsepe League National Play-offs will run until Sunday (26/07). On Tuesday, 21 July, Roses United took on African All Stars at 12:30 at the Galeshewe Stadium, with Glendene United facing Mbombela United at the same venue at 15:00. Nine provincial winners for the 2014-’15 league season are contesting for the two spots available to play in the National First Division (NFD) for the 2015-’16 league season.

Group B will only be in action on Wednesday, (22/07).

) At the time of going to print on Tuesday (21/07), Roses United were due to play against African All Stars while Glendene United are due to entertain Mbombela United

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