A weekend of close football games

2015-06-03 06:00

NMMU Madibaz and Hearts last Friday night kicked off a weekend of some very close games. Hearts managed to force a 1-1 draw with NMMU Madibaz in their own backyard with some attractive and fast football.

Madibaz went 1-nil up in the first half from a well taken field goal by Claudius Sagandira. Hearts came back fighting in the second half and were awarded a share of the spoils when Bob Yuill headed the equaliser off a well directed Dino Zenios free kick. Further down the road in Glendinningvale, Toshiba Old Grey had a good Friday night beating struggling KwaDwesi All Stars by 5 goals to nil. Pele Bika put Old Grey 1 nil up after 5 minutes. Jerry Ngoqo added Old Grey’s second a few minutes away from half time. John Giannakis got the 1st goal of his brace just after the break to be followed by Jerry Ngoqo’s second goal. Old Grey’s 5th goal came from John Giannakis with a few minutes left on the clock. Last Saturday Central Acemates and NMB Municipality contested a well contested nil nil draw on the Victoria Park Sports Club grounds. In both games the goalkeepers had a big say in the final scoreline with some good saves. Last Sunday Callies overcame PE Defence by 4 goals to nil. Callies led 2 nil at half time from goals by Farouk Abraham and Dez Booysen.

In the second half Razaaan Safedien and Grant van Bresies secured the win for Callies with some well taken goals. Down the road in Bridgemeade Warriors and Highbury also ended up with a nil-nil stalemate sharing the league points on offer.

Games for Round 9 this coming weekend: Friday June 5, 2015 with kick off 20:15 - NMB Municipality vs Forresters at The Westbourne Oval, NMMU Madibaz vs Warriors at The South Campus and Hearts vs Callies at The Valley. Saturday June 6, 2015 with kick off 15:30 - Motherwell Soccer Academy vs Toshiba Old Grey at T.B.A. and PE Defence vs Central Acemates at EC Defence. Sunday June 7, 2015 with kick off 15:30 KwaDwesi All Stars vs Highbury at Kemsley Park.

Youth Report

In the big game of the u/9 league, the Priory Ranger took on the Hearts’ Cubs, winning by 3 goals to nil. Matthew Ladds, Lethitha Sityoshwana and Daniel Bekker all found the net for the Rangers.

The St George’s Cavaliers beat the Priory Chiefs 3-0, with Sinawo Thetha, Mathew Bowman and Darius Hartin scoring for St George’s. In an all Priory contest, City and Pirates drew 1-1, with goals by Kyle Edwards and Drey Jantjies respectively.

The Callies Bravehearts scored an easy 5-1 win over the Saltires, with Ethan Hunter scoring yet another hat trick.

In the u/11 division, Mabayibone lost a close game against St George’s by 4 goals to 2. In an end to end affair, Peens, Spencer and Boden (2) found the net for St George’s, with Kwanele Busakwe scoring twice for Mabayibone.

In other u/11 games, Motherwell went down by 4 goals to nil against a surging Callies B team, while Callies A notched up an easy win over St George’s B with a hattrick from Ashley Ostling.

In the u/13 age group, Motherwell Academy romped home to a 8-0 win over Callies B, with a hattrick from Athenkosi Ndlumbini.

St George’s beat FC Mabayibone 3-1 at home at the Union grounds in Park Drive, while Callies A had to work hard to beat a confident St George’s B team 3-0, with goals from Jared Grassow, Rahul Bhana and Josh Chandler.

In a top of the league clash, Hearts u/15 drew with Callies A at The Valley. Although Hearts dominated the contest, Callies keeper Marc du Toit pulled off some magnificent saves to keep his team in the game.

St George’s A struggled to beat KwaDwesi All Stars by 2 goals to 1 in a game that could have gone either way. KwaDwesi Chairman Mzi Ndungani was on hand to support his junior teams.

“Although the result was disappointing, the boys are improving with every game,” said Ndungani shortly after the final whistle.

In the other u/15 game of the weekend, NMMU thumped a struggling Forresters team 8-2 at the Missionvale campus fields.

In the tightly contested u/17 division Hearts continued to improve with a 3-2 win over Tools FC, with Tai Jensen and Juru Garikai finding the net for Hearts.

Meanwhile at the Union grounds, after trailing for most of the game St George’s were lucky to come away with a 2-2 draw against an in form KwaDwesi All Stars outfit, with the equaliser coming seconds before the final whistle.

Lukhanyo Mdodana scored for KwaDwesi. In the other u/17 games, Callies had an easy win over PE Homerovers at Kemsley Park (5-0), as did NMMU over United Brothers in the last game of the day (5-1)

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