FC Tafelzucht’s dream over

2017-08-29 06:01

FC Tafelzucht’s fairytale success and campaign ended with a 3-1 defeat on Sunday in Safa Cape Town’s top-ranked amateur soccer knockout event when forward Tevin Seymour’s remarkable hat-trick sent his Crystal Palace side to the quarter-final stage of the Coca-Cola Cup.

The crowd at Westridge Oval in Mitchell’s Plain saw an entertaining match. Both teams moved the ball with pace and sophistication throughout the 90 minutes.

However, ZuchtPower went into the game without two key players, namely goalkeeper D’Heago Kleinhans, who has apparently signed a contract with Port Elizabeth-based premier league club Chippa United after a three-week trial period, and striker Sawaal Lakay, who had an accident last Friday and is currently being treated in hospital.

As expected the Zucht side was very fast out of the starting blocks. For the first 15 minutes they threw everything into the attack, with their midfielder Waleed Krotz, Marvin Bean and striker in the no. 19 jersey Lance Adams tormenting the Palace defence. But Adams’s firing shots did not really cause problems for an upbeat Mark Adams in goal.

Once the Manenberg side settled into the game, they launched counter attacks with regular monotony, often controlling most of the possession and the rhythm of the game.

The only goal in the first stanza came off a rebound from a corner kick set play as Zucht defended poorly, resulting in Crystal Palace stealing a goal by Seymour which gave his side a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.

After the changeover Crystal Palace’s Seymour and Tyler Pharo led their opposition on a merry dance.

After much debate, Barry Africa, head coach of ZuchtPower, made two changes and for a brief moment the home side took control and levelled the score (1-1) in the 55th minute through a goal by Lance Adams.

Thereafter, Crystal Palace shifted into top gear and exposed goalkeeper De Klerk’s abilities as Seymour scored twice in the 75th and 89th minute to pave the way to a well-deserved 3-1 victory.

“We are delighted firstly to have won this game. Then about myself scoring a hat-trick today is just amazing.

“I’m happy with my contribution but just can’t find the words to express this unbelievable feeling,” Seymour said afterwards.

While Shafiek Holtman, the Zucht manager, and his players were disappointed with the result and the abrupt end to their run, Achmat Williams, the Crystal Palace coach, was extremely happy and full of praise for his charges. He singled out Seymour as the five-star player of the match.

“We came here not knowing what to expect.

“Yes, we knew they are a good side and eliminated top guns along the way. But our experienced players in our side made the difference and that I think gave us the edge and victory in the end,” said Williams.

Meanwhile Mitchell’s Plain residents’ hope will rest heavily on the 2007 cup holders, Woodlands United, who – despite tough opposition – weathered the storm by beating Durbanville 3-2 in the late double-feature encounter.

At Nyanga stadium a first-half strike by Sherwin Jaftha enabled D&G Orient a slender 1-0 victory against Manenberg neighbours Primrose Park. They qualified for a place in the quarter-final on Sunday 10 September.

Southampton are through to the next round following their 4-2 penalty shootout win (which ended 1-1 at full time) against their fellow Cape District LFA neighbours Greenwood Athletic.

Men’s resultsWestridge Oval: Crystal Palace 3, FC Tafelzucht 1; Woodlands United 3, Durbanville 2.

Nyanga: Southampton 4, Greenwood Athletic 2 (penalties 1-1); D&G Orient 1, Primrose Park 0.

Women’s resultsWestridge Oval: Virgo Ladies 5, Portia United 4 (penalties 1-1).

Nyanga: UWC 4, Spurs Ladies 3; Cape Town Roses 8, Heideveld Ladies 0.

Boys u.18 resultsWestridge Oval: Seven Attackers 2, Riverside Rangers 1; Bayhill United 2, MPCE 1.

Nyanga: KTC All Stars 1, Helderberg Rovers 0; Green Lovers 4, JMI Academy 3 (penalties 1-1); JL Zwane 2, FC Kapstadt 0.


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