Pirates are heroes of Heideveld

2016-10-11 06:00
Young Pirates of Heideveld are this year’s Safa Cape Town Coke Cup champions after they beat Two For Joy 1-0 in Athlone Stadium on Saturday.  PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Young Pirates of Heideveld are this year’s Safa Cape Town Coke Cup champions after they beat Two For Joy 1-0 in Athlone Stadium on Saturday. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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Young Pirates of Heideveld have been crowned this year’s Safa Cape Town Coke Cup champions.

They outlasted 256 teams in one of Cape Town’s more sought after knockout competitions after they beat Two for Joy 1-0 in Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

According to People’s Post correspondent Rashied Isaacs, the final result was one manufactured out of determination for Pirates.

It was Two for Joy who showed no signs of the nerves that are expected in a cup final. They were quick out of the starting blocks to put the Pirates defence under early pressure.

Forwards Mbotshwa Bongani and Bismark Ampoto had the lion’s share of possession during the first quarter, but good goal keeping by Pirates’ Zaheer Meiring as well as good anticipation in defence by Reginald America and Alvin Mcbride kept them in the game.

The Heideveld team allowed the team from Lwandle to dictate the tempo of the game.

Experienced campaigner Roy­sten Lindsay scored a cracker of a goal from inside the penalty area to give Pirates the lead on the stroke of half-time. The goal may have been viewed as being against the run of play.

“Statistically, Two for Joy were the better side in the first half with six attempts on target with Lindsay making the most of his team’s only chance,” reports Isaacs.

He adds that the second half saw a change in tactics for Pirates as they slowed down the pace of the match by bolstering their defensive patterns. This worked well as it gave little room for the players of Two for Joy to run into space.

“Momentum shifted to the side of Pirates as more attempts on goal by Lindsay and Sheltine Hannekom saw the supporters increase in voice with the carnival atmosphere keeping the large crowd entertained.

“The old cliché ‘making the most of your chances’ came to bite Two for Joy as Pirates collected the winner’s cheque of R35 000 for a day’s work,” adds Isaacs.

An elated Roger Fortune, coach of Young Pirates, said his team’s triumph was not theirs alone.

“This means a lot to me and the team, but most of all, this means a lot to the whole of the Heideveld community. You can see that we brought the whole Heideveld together as one and they supported us. Without them we would not be there. Obviously our players were brilliant today, but our supporters who came out in their numbers: thank you very much.”


According to People’s Post correspondent Rashied Isaacs, the final result was one manufactured out of determination for Pirates.

It was Two for Joy who showed no signs of the nerves that are expected in a cup final. They were quick out of the starting blocks to put the Pirates defence under early pressure.

Forwards Mbotshwa Bongani and Bismark Ampoto had the lion’s share of possession during the first quarter, but good goal keeping by Pirates’ Zaheer Meiring as well as good anticipation in defence by Reginald America and Alvin Mcbride kept them in the game.

The Heideveld team allowed the team from Lwandle to dictate the tempo of the game.

Experienced campaigner Roy­sten Lindsay scored a cracker of a goal from inside the penalty area to give Pirates the lead on the stroke of half-time. The goal may have been viewed as being against the run of play.

“Statistically, Two for Joy were the better side in the first half with six attempts on target with Lindsay making the most of his team’s only chance,” reports Isaacs.

He adds that the second half saw a change in tactics for Pirates as they slowed down the pace of the match by bolstering their defensive patterns. This worked well as it gave little room for the players of Two for Joy to run into space.

“Momentum shifted to the side of Pirates as more attempts on goal by Lindsay and Sheltine Hannekom saw the supporters increase in voice with the carnival atmosphere keeping the large crowd entertained.

“The old cliché ‘making the most of your chances’ came to bite Two for Joy as Pirates collected the winner’s cheque of R35 000 for a day’s work,” adds Isaacs.

An elated Roger Fortune, coach of Young Pirates, said his team’s triumph was not theirs alone.

“This means a lot to me and the team, but most of all, this means a lot to the whole of the Heideveld community. You can see that we brought the whole Heideveld together as one and they supported us. Without them we would not be there. Obviously our players were brilliant today, but our supporters who came out in their numbers: thank you very much.”

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