The clash between Cape Umoya and Silver Spurs at the Portuguese Club on Saturday was expected to be a tight affair with both sides needing the win after their previous weekend.
Firstly, the home side had an admin mishap the week before which caused them to default their match against Vasco Da Gama and resulted in their first loss of the season.
Silver Spurs on the other hand failed to win both their double header fixtures last week and could only record a draw in both matches, 0-0 with Bluegum and 1-1 with Jamestown.
From the kickoff the tone for the match was set as both sides were in an attacking mood. Umoya’s attack was led by Riyaaz Nell, while Spurs’ strike force included Robbie Fredericks and Ameen Awaldien.
Within the first 10 minutes there were opportunities at both ends but it wasn’t until the 17th minute when Fredericks held up a loose ball in the opponent’s half and delivered a pass to Ethan Felix, who found Awaldien in the area and he calmly finished off the move with a goal, leaving Umoya’s goalkeeper, Thaaqib Domingo, with no chance.
There was an immediate reaction from Gareth Ncaca’s men when they launched an attack but Adenaan Brown had his shot saved.
The rest of the first half consisted of the away side creating opportunities and using their possession to penetrate the last 3rd but couldn’t convert their chances whereas the home side were continually trying to play from the back but with the bouncy pitch it was difficult for them to execute their game plan. Spurs also started applying a high press which forced Umoya to play the long ball out which was easily picked up by the able Spurs defence.
The second half started with Umoya on the front foot as they searched for the equalizer. The addition of Levi Qubeka as part of the Umoya attack made a positive difference for the home side. With 4 minutes played the home side were awarded a penalty when an attempt on target struck Spurs’ defender, Rabian Beukes’ hand and Riyaaz Nell scored to bring his side on level terms.
Umoya were reduced to 10 men when Adenaan Brown was sent off for violent conduct after he felt he was fouled close to the touchline.
Neither side found their rhythm in the second half and although the match was quite physical it started to become a bit more intense as the half continued. With tackles flying in and tensions running high the match became very open as both sides attempted to create opportunities. Spurs were unable to make their extra man count and had to settle for a draw while Cape Umoya will feel that they played well enough to deserve a win but too little chances were created during the match for them to make a difference to the score line.
This weekend’s matches have some interesting match ups coming up. The early kick off in Hangberg is at 1PM as Crystal Palace host Bayview FC. The venue is a contentious issue amongst clubs at the moment because of its small size and little space around the field which has caused some serious injuries for players. Palace have already lost 3 matches while Bayview have recorded 2 losses with a draw. Both teams have won 2 games and this should be a balanced affair.
A bottom of the log clash awaits in Langa as Cape Town United and Goal 50 go head-to-head in an attempt to climb the log. Another match that should be balanced based on recent results.
What is promised to be a tough encounter is taking place in Ocean View as the home side hosts Matroosfontein, current leaders in Stream A and there’s no doubt it won’t be smooth sailing for the visitors.
The final match in the group will be played in Mitchells Plain when Woodlands welcome Greenwood Athletic to Stephen Reagan. To their standards. both teams are recording below par results at the moment with Greenwood looking more to make a recovery of their season. Another appetizing encounter ahead but will Coach Zarrie and his Woodlands team be able to clinch it?
Stream B has similar balanced matches and it starts with an amended kick off between Junction Rovers and Cape Town City. The match has been moved to Johnston Road as the Heideveld facility has been closed off due to a positive covid case. This is a bottom of the log clash with neither side able to record a victory as yet. Both coaches are new in the league and will be looking at this match to bank some much needed points.
Jamestown welcome Cape Umoya to Hazel road and both sides are headed by former great players now in their coaching roles namely Marawaan Bantam (Jamestown) and Gareth Ncaca (Umoya). Cape Umoya will be favourites for this one but there’s no discounting Jamestown as they will be confident after their victory over Bluegum last week.
Trinitarians and Vasco Da Gama are on the same points and are separated by goal difference. These 2 teams face each other in Uitsig and could home ground advantage see Coach Zaheer and his Trinnies team take this one?
Another exciting match up is Bluegum hosting Hanover Park at Bonteheuwel. Hanover Park had a good start and will feel boosted after their 5-0 win over Junction last week. Bluegum play well at home and have a vibrant energetic team, will they be too hot to handle for the visitors?
Sunday sees the final match of the weekend when Cape Umoya host Trinitarians at the Portuguese Club in Milnerton.