Mayoral Cup takes centre stage

2015-09-16 06:00

SCORE Energy League matches were postponed this past weekend in order to play and complete the Mayoral Cup Tournament.

The action started last Friday night when 1 preliminary and 6 first round games took place.

At NMMU South PE City got the better of Priory Shamrocks 2-0. NMMU Madibaz on their home turf struggled against their nemesis PE Defence where the game ended in a 1-all draw. Madibaz took the honours winning 8-7 on penalties.

At The Valley Central Acemates and Warriors played out a 2-all draw where after Acemates won 4-2 on penalties. Hearts, on their home ground, got the better of Premier league rivals Toshiba Old Grey by 2 goals to one. Londt Park saw Forresters edging out KwaDwesi by 1 goal to nil.

Premier league leaders Callies whipped first Division Tools FC scoring 6 goals with no reply from Tools. Saturday the Mayoral Cup activities shifted to NMMU North and 2nd Avenue campuses. First Round action saw PE Home Rovers overcome Leeds United 2-1.

NMB Municipality in the last first round game took St George’s out in winning 3-2. Quarter final action then started in all earnest when Forresters and Hearts ended up nil-nil after normal time.

Forresters clinched the tie 4-3 on penalties. NMMU Madibaz were too strong for PE Home Rovers clinching the tie in winning 4-2. Callies and old rivals PE City locked horns; however City put up little resistance with Callies taking the honours by 4 goals to one.

Central Acemates and NMB Municipality fought out the last quarter final game with Acemates edging Municipality 1-0. Semi-final time came when Forresters gave NMMU Madibaz a run for their money. Forresters fought hard and were leading 2-1 with about 4 minutes to go.

Madibaz threw everything at Forresters and were awarded with a second goal to take the game to penalties. Penalties here were also a ding dong affair where Madibaz eventually triumphed by 5 penalties to four. Central Acemates and Callies tackled each other in the second semi-final.

Callies scored early in the first half and some astute defending saw them winning 1-nil and joining NMMU Madibaz in the final.

The final turned out to be a very competitive affair with both Callies and Madibaz launching attack after attack. Callies scored with approximately 3 minutes to go in the first half. Callies defended this lead and were crowned PEFA Mayoral Cup champions 2015.

Callies will now represent PEFA in the Regional tournament at the end of October.

Youth Report

The PEFA u/13 and u/15 divisions played the PEFA leg of the Mayoral Cup at the NMMU fields on Sunday. The semi-finals of the u/13 division saw Mabayibone take on Callies in a thrilling game that ended 0-0 after full time. The game was decided on penalties which Mabayibone won 3-1.

In the other semi-final Motherwell Academy came back from a goal behind to beat St George’s 3-1.

The final between Motherwell and Mabayibone produced some exciting football which saw Motherwell emerge victorious by 3 goals to 2. Qhama Mati (2) and Sive Masabalala both found the net for Motherwell to give their team the victory.

Motherwell also made it through to the final in the u/15 age group but came up against a well-drilled Hearts team who won 1-0 from a superb goal by right wing Chris Yerolemou.

To reach the final Hearts beat NMMU by 1 goal to nil in the quarter final, and beat KwaDwesi by 3 goals to nil in the semi-final. Cole Schoeman (2), Rizaan Davis and Runaldo Pedro all scored for Hearts along the way.

The last league games of the u/9 season were also played on the weekend, with Callies Highlanders beating Priory Rangers 3-0 to take the league title, while St George’s Aces beat the Hearts Lads 3-0 to end up in second place.

On Sunday, September 20, the finals of the PEFA Junior Score Energy Knock Out Cup take place at the Oval and promise to provide some great soccer to end of the PEFA Junior season.

The fixtures are:

u/9 B: Callies Bravehearts vs Priory City at 9am

u/9 A: St George’s Aces vs Hearts Lads at 10am

u/11: St George’s vs Callies at 11am

u/13: Mabayibone vs Callies at 12pm

u/15: Hearts vs NMMU at 1:30pm

u/17: St George’s vs KwaDwesi Allstars at 3pm

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