Cup dream alive for Ubuntu

2018-03-13 06:01

Local National First Division club Ubuntu Cape Town caused a major stir in the Nedbank Cup on Friday night when they upstaged their PSL counterparts AmaZulu 3-2 in Durban.

The rookies, who bought over the NFC franchise status from FC Cape Town late last year, got off to a dream start when Clinton Fredericks scored in the seventh minute of the contest. They would go on to score two more unanswered goals through Duncan Adonis in the 26th minute and Kamohelo Mahlatsi in the 48th minute. The hosts would respond with consolation goals from Mabhuti Khenyeza and Ovidy Karuru, but it would be Ubuntu Cape Town who would book their spot in the competition’s quarter-finals.

In matches involving local sides elsewhere, Steenberg United’s dream of Nedbank Cup glory was dashed when they went down 2-0 to PSL club Baroka FC in Polokwane on Saturday. Goals by Mudzunga Sidumo and Tebogo Sodi ensured Baroka’s passage into the last eight.

Tomorrow, Cape Town City FC will entertain PSL giants Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium at 19:30 to battle over the final quarter-final spot.

ABC Motsepe League

Santos were subjected to their fourth consecutive draw when they were held to a 0-0 stalemate against Ajax Cape Town’s youth team in Lansdowne on Friday night.

The result did not help either team improve their position on the log, meaning that Santos remain in ninth and Ajax in tenth spot respectively.

Results:

Friday:

Santos 0; Ajax Cape Town youth 0

Ace FC 2; Royal Blues FC 1

Jomo Powers 2; United 4

Saturday:

D&G Orient FC 4; Barcelona 1

Atlantic Nacional 1; Ikapa Sporting FC 4

Grassy Park United 3; Glendene United 0

Hout Bay United; Steenberg United - postponed

Zizwe United 0; The Magic FC 3

SAB League

In the space of four minutes added time, Junction Rovers sneaked past Bellstar United 3-2 in an exhilarating SAB Safa Cape Town fixture played in Heideveld on Saturday.

With the writing seemingly on the wall for Junction Rovers, the script was torn up and flipped when Antonio Thomas netted the equalising goal in referee’s added time, which caught the Bellstar team by surprise.

Then, in the dying moments of the match, Rovers’ two Jones brothers – Carlo and Matthew – formed an unorthodox combination that mesmerised the visitors. Rovers were awarded a free kick, which was taken by goalkeeper Carlo, who curled the ball above the Bellstar defence and found his brother Matthew, who hammered the winning goal for a jubilant Rovers team.

Earlier, Shafiek Serelina gave Rovers the early lead, before Bellstar took the later initiative through second-half strikes by Meyrick Vlotman and Charles Jaftha, but it was not to be as the Jones brothers’ late heroics ensured the home team held onto their pride.

Bluegum United had to fight hard to defend their lead to scrap an away victory against Goal 50 United 1-0 in an electric derby played in Heideveld on Sunday.

The hosts played with agility and confidence, which rattled the visitors. Early in the first half the visitors grabbed the window of opportunity after Zinedine van Niekerk from the home side was given his marching orders by referee Clint Kader. Goal 50 were reduced to 10 men and they struggled afterwards with a lifeline given to the visitors. Yusrie Bester scored the only goal for the travelling home crowd with a superb long solid-drive volley that shattered the opposition’s goal net.

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