Upsets aplenty in Coke Cup

2015-09-08 06:00
Kelvan Coclear of Grassy Park United (left) climbs all over Lance Rhoda of Rygersdal to clear the ball in a Coca-Cola Cup knockout match at William Herbert sports grounds on Sunday. Grassy Park won 2-1 to qualify for the quarter finals of the competi

Kelvan Coclear of Grassy Park United (left) climbs all over Lance Rhoda of Rygersdal to clear the ball in a Coca-Cola Cup knockout match at William Herbert sports grounds on Sunday. Grassy Park won 2-1 to qualify for the quarter finals of the competi

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The ever-popular Coca-Cola Cup did not only bring droves of spectators from all parts of the Cape Peninsula to the William Herbert sports complex on Sunday, but also delivered its fair share of upsets in the round of 16.

Four former champions, Silver Spurs, Rygersdal, Woodlands United and Central, all made an exit from the lucrative and prestigious knockout competition.

To add to the thrills and spills, Milano United (reigning champion and with Desmond Crowie as its mentor) survived a stiff challenge from Valhalla United to eventually end with a 2-0 victory after the Valhalla side was reduced to ten players in the 73rd minute after Damien Stoffels was sent off.

A two-goal tonic by Shafiek Nazier, who scored a brace in the 56th and 75th minute, was enough to keep hope alive in the competition, although the u.18 side was bundled out after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Island Rovers.

Milano United will now meet Masidlale from Nyanga in the quarter finals at the Lingalethu sports complex on 20 September.

Last year’s champion, Silver Spurs, was eliminated from the competition after falling prey to Masidlale, losing 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.

Meanwhile, Young Idols of Manenberg set the scene alight with two first-half goals by Shannon Hendricks to beat Junction Rovers 2-1 in a topsy turvy showdown.

The Young Idols side, coached by Paul “Gaza” Johnson, will face Langa Wanderers, who beat the 2011 champions Central by 2-0.

The match could be handed to Central AFC after its management lodged a dispute with referee Wayne Cupido on the grounds that Wanderers allegedly fielded two ineligible players.

Rygersdal’s demise was met after they had their wings clipped by an inspired Grassy Park United side, spurred on by former Santos player Tasleem Paulse. The Grassy Park outfit edged out the 2005 champion 2-1.

Tasleem Ceres was the first to find the net shortly after the half-time interval. However, Rygersdal would level matters later on through Abdul Damon. But it was not to be as Grassy Park’s Wassiem George secured the winning goal in the dying embers of the match.

In some of the day’s other matches, Morgenster United destroyed Woodlands United 5-0 in a Mitchell’s Plain derby with Keegan Tromp (2), Taswill Davids (2) and Ashwin Lotter sharing in the goal feast.

Morgenster United and Grassy Park United will cross swords in the quarter final while Strandfontein, who beat Juventus from Philippi 3-2, will square off against Turfhall (who beat Spice for Life 2-0) in the remaining quarter final.


. Men: Masidlale 1, Silver Spurs 1 (Masidlale win 4-3 on penalties); Young Idols 2, Junction Rovers 1; Milano United 2, Valhalla United 0; Langa Wanderers 2, Central 0; Strandfontein 3, Juventus (Philippi) 2; Morgenster United 5, Woodlands United 0; Grassy Park United 2, Rygersdal 1; Turfhall 2, Spice For Life 0.

. Women: Cape Town Roses 2, UWC 0; Milano United vs Portia United postponed; Burnley 6, CPUT 0; Virgo United 2, Ambassadors in Sport 1; Spurs Ladies 11, Table View 0; Phoenix Spurs 2, Real Brazilians 1; RV United vs Santos Ladies postponed; Ikamva Ladies 2, Northlink 0.

. Boys u.18: Ajax Cape Town 1, Glendene United 0; Sporting United 1, Jamestown United 0; Silver Spurs 3, Joburg Strikers 1; Don’t Mess with Texas 2, Stephanian-Ottery 1; Island Rovers 1, Milano United 0; Jumbo Giants 3, Wanderers X1 1; Old Mutual Academy 2, Blue Downs Spurs 1; Masidlale 4, Bishop Lavis 1.

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