Gunners win Women’s Month celebrations tourney

2017-08-23 06:01
City Lads’ players celebrate after the tournament.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

City Lads’ players celebrate after the tournament.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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CITY Lads, affectionately known as Gunners, defeated Highbury Ladies 2-0 in the Safa Nelson Mandela Bay Women’s Month Celebrations tournament finals at Motherwell NU 2 Stadium on Sunday.

Since the recent rain stopped play on Women’s Day, the games resumed from Saturday to Sunday. In the semi-finals, Gunners embarrassed Zwide All Stars 8-1, while Highbury beat Golden Stars 2-1 in their semi.

Highbury gave Lads a run for their money in the finals as they led Gunners into a goalless first half.

Highbury failed to convert their clear-cut chances in the first half into goals. All in all, the first-half action was entertaining.

In the second half, Lads showed that they were the more seasoned side as they did not give Highbury any chances to breathe.

Lads’ skipper, Andisiwe Ndesi, was very instrumental in the second half. Ndesi made a good move that enabled Nolitha Msila to fire her shot that gave her side a 1-0 lead.

Ndesi also provided Nwabisa Kolisi with a perfect pass and the Lads’ goalpoacher squeezed the ball into the far post.

It was clear by then that Lads had wrapped the game at 2-0. With fatigue taking its toll, Highbury could not reply.

The game ended in 2-0 in City Lads’ favour.

Lads received a floating trophy plus 20 gold medals while Highbury settled for 20 silver medals.

The individual awards were given as follows:

  • Best match official: Nontsikelelo Mjamba
  • Best manager of the tournament: Lumka Mjana (City Lads)
  • Best coach of the tournament: Knox Faas (City Lads)
  • Youngest player of the tournament: Elihle Madasi (Zwide All Stars)
  • Best player of the tournament: Yolisa Makalima (Highbury)

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