Rygersdal sweep Coke Cup

2017-10-17 06:01
Rygersdal after winning the Coca-Cola Cup at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Rygersdal after winning the Coca-Cola Cup at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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Rygersdal FC, premier league double-cup league and knockout champions of the Cape Town Tygerberg LFA, captured Safa Cape Town’s lucrative Coca-Cola Cup at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday to crown a season drenched in cup glory.

Brent Raven has worked wonders in his first season with the players of Rygersdal and deserved to win the triple crown, which is also the third time Rygersdal won the trophy.

They were true champions in the making as they fought back from the jaws of defeat to score twice at the end of the match for a 2-1 victory over their Cape Town Tygerberg neighbours Hanover Park FC.

Hanover Park FC (affectionately known as “Brasse vanni Park”) held a 1-0 lead from the 35th minute thanks to a strike by Shahied Maloy.

Their much younger opponents scored two goals in the 85th minute and in optional time to take the game away from the Brasse vanni Park.

Rygersdal’s shift from a back four to a back three was the key to their success. They showed their mettle in the Coke Cup and their winning run in the premier league by showing that defensive stability is essential to success.

Hanover Park’s strikers Clinton “Firgo” Emmanuel, Nazeer Benjamin and Nathan Idas tried often to confront their opponents’ rearguard, but they never really tested Cheslyn Ravens in goal.

The contrasting playing styles of Rygersdal and the Brasse vanni Park were crucial to the outcome.

Clifton Davids scored the equalising goal from a Yusuf Abrahams free kick. A minute before the final whistle, after four minutes of optional time were added on, Fernal Abrahams latched onto a pass by Shamiel Philander after man-of-the-match Jaabier Delport initiated the play outside his opponents’ 18m area. Abrahams scored the match-winning goal which had the crowd in a frenzy.

In the women’s Coke Cup final Cape Town Roses won for the fifth time in six finals wen they defeated RV United 2-0.


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