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Spoils shared at Hickory Battle

On Saturday Hanover Park visited their old rival Silver Spurs at Hickory Road in a much anticipated SAFA Regional League 3rd division match.

The visitors entered the weekend with 2 games in hand with a double header and could potentially have been placed top of the log if both games were won.

The action was nonstop from the start with both sides not willing to give an inch of advantage to their opponent and it was clear that bruising tackles with spirited performances was on the cards for the day. The match could be described as a classic match of 2 halves where either side could’ve walked off as winners.

Hanover Park had the upper hand in the first half with Spurs doing most of the defending. In the 11th minute the home side conceded a corner and in their failure to clear their goal area, Carl Van Reenen from Hanover Park was allowed to pounce on the loose ball and score the opening goal of the match.
The visitors’ lead was short lived as not more than a minute later Rabian Beukes equalized for Silver Spurs after latching onto a free kick in the Hanover Park half.

The rest of the half saw few attempts by both sides but with Hanover Park looking more likely to score. Just before the break, Aasif George the Hanover Park attacker, did well to round the Spurs defence and squeeze his pass into the small box where Mikyle George calmly took his shot but Spurs’ goalkeeper, Carlo Jones pulled off an impressive save.

After the break the home team improved their performance and made the 2nd half their own. They had a bit more possession and created more opportunities to score. The Spurs front man, Brandon Schroeder, missed some golden opportunities especially late in the second half but in the end a tight and not so pretty football match ended with both sides sharing the spoils.

Hanover Park see off Newcomers

The SAFA CT Regional Mens 3rd division kicked off last Saturday after more than a year after the league was interrupted due to the Covid#19 Pandemic.

The interruption resulted in no relegation for teams and also meant that the side who led the log at the time, Hanover Park, represented the region in the playoffs for a 2nd division spot. In addition, the 2 promoted teams of 2019/20, Jamestown and Trinitarians were included in the 2021 season making it an 18-team league. For the 2021 season the 18 clubs voted for a 2-stream league consisting of 9 teams each where each league winner would face each other for a playoff spot.

Newcomers Jamestown had the tough task of hosting one of last season’s form sides, Hanover Park, as their first assignment of their campaign. Hanover Park had the first attempt in the match when Azeem Samuels was the quickest to react from a freekick but struck his header off target and over the crossbar.

Jamestown, determined not be outdone by their opponents, created two attempts by Levi Benjamin in close succession in the 10th minute but he was unfortunately not able to make it count.
As the 1st half progressed the match became more balanced with both sides enjoying their fair number of attempts and their different styles of play was more evident. The home side had a more patient build up and managed to string a few passes together while the Hanover were looking to get the ball to the front men as quickly as possible.

As halftime approached it was clear that the away team were more structured in their positions on the pitch, while Jamestown were quite the opposite as they were covering quite a bit of ground in defense and attack which resulted in them looking a bit more fatigued than their opponents at halftime. Jamestown’s Mikyle Adams could’ve taken his side ahead when he did well to deceive the opposing defenders in the area but delayed the shot and lost possession because of it.

Early in the second half and Hanover Park came close to scoring as Mikyle George was at the end of a Fernel Abrahams’ corner kick but missed the target. Jamestown were holding their own until the 10th minute when Mikyle Adams received a 2nd yellow card and with that received his marching orders. With the home side down to 10 men, the visitors found the gaps in the Jamestown defense mush easier to penetrate and Mikyle George with Roderick Francis making the most damage.

15 minutes into the 2nd half and Jamestown concede a corner as Gilberto Olveira makes a brilliant tackle to deny Francis but from the subsequent corner taken by Abrahams, Hanover Park scores via a Mikyle George header to take his side 1-0 up.

As the match nears its end the away side created more chances but the Jamestown goalkeeper displayed some good saves keep the score at 1-0. Unfortunately for Jamestown the few chances they created were not fruitful as the defense of Hanover Park held firm led by Aqeel Jappie.

Exciting restart on the cards!!

This weekend sees the continuation of the SAFA 3rd division after the end of year break and with 7 matches played so far, we take a brief look at the results of some of the teams.

It’s not unusual for newly promoted teams to do well in their first season in this league and this year Crystal Palace and Woodlands United are continuing the trend as they are placed in the top 3 at the end of 2019.

Palace are occupying top spot and recorded some good results especially beating Hanover Park 3-2 in November while Woodlands had a good run in the Nedbank Cup reaching the regional finals and finishing 2019 in the 3rd spot. Woodlands are facing an uphill battle for the rest of the season as they struggle to secure training grounds in Mitchells Plain and this leaves Coach Zarrie with a tough job to prepare for matches.

Silver Spurs are looking the business this year with target man Ameen Awaldien in fine form netting 6 goals so far. The technical team is now headed by Coach Russell Davids and the squad is a good blend of youth and experience which should see them make an attempt at the title depending if they can be consistent with their performances.

Hanover Park have had a mixed bag of results in their first 7 games but one would expect them to improve as the season continues and apply pressure on the top of the table. With Coach Franklin Davies at the helm, anything is possible as his positive motivation and guidance are essential for his troops every week.

Much was expected from Nova Nacional this season as the team realigned their focus on their goal to be in the PSL in the next few years and the expectation was valid with some key acquisitions in the technical team before the start of the season. Former Bafana Bafana left-back David Kannemeyer is heading the technical team after having brief coaching spells at The Magic (ABC Motsepe) and Cape Town All Stars (NFD). Kannemeyer still has plenty of time to improve his team’s results and has the resources to do so.

In what could be termed as a rebuilding stage for Greenwood, their start to the season is probably their worst since campaigning in the league about 3 years ago. Coach Fadiel Losper is at the helm this season and in charge of the rebuild which includes some younger players in the squad but still has the stability with the experience of players like Nathan Brown and Dean Williams.

Cape Town City is having a better start compared to last season as they also have a change in the technical team which is now headed by Coach Richard Lovell. City’s positive results have seen them end 2019 in the top half of the table and a few of the team’s performances have been a pleasure to watch as the young squad uses their pace and skill to their advantage against their opponents.

Scrolling down to the foot of the table is a surprise to many if last season was anything to go by as Matroosfontein, who were contenders last season, are now languishing at the bottom of the log. With only 1 win from 7 matches so far, Coach Patrick Wheels and his team will be eager to get this year going and start his team’s recovery and ensure their survival.

Another team finding it tougher than last year is Cape Town United who are yet to record a victory but only lost once and drew 5 matches in their 6 played so far. The Langa team will be looking at the next few weeks as a crucial part of their season if they want to avoid the relegation zone by midseason.

It’s still a long way to go and the situation can change for all 16 teams and with no one really dominating yet, it keeps the excitement going for spectators and hope alive for clinching the top spot. Check out this week’s fixtures and make sure to catch a game.

Regional 3RD Division 19/20

 

Park & Nova share spoils

So, two games done and dusted in the SAB League and already some are making predictions. Premature many would say as this year’s start has already been exciting.

To kick off the season newcomers Nova Nacional, who purchased the Riverside Rangers spot, hosted an exciting launch at the River Club and with that sending a strong message to the rest of the football world that they mean business. With strong financial backing and a clear vision the team attracted high expectation from others.

After their two matches they have earned a point after losing to Greenwood and drawing with Hanover Park last Friday. The Hanover Park vs Nova Nacional match felt like a match between two sides yet to find their rhythm. For Nacional it is obvious as every match for them is a new experience and for Hanover Park it was probably new Head Coach Jerome Seherie implementing his style on the group.
Hanover Park looked more the assertive side especially in the first half with experienced midfielder Fernel Abrahams calling the shots. On the counter though the Nacional team created chances and in the 15th minute Rubin Matts had Nova’s first shot on target but was saved by Gary Jassman, the Park goalkeeper.

Nova’s next clear chance was in the 30th minute when Faizel Johnson found himself taking a shot in the 18 yard area but once again Jassman saved for Park.
In the next few minutes Hanover Park came close to scoring but missed the target twice when defender Nathan Idas headed wide from corner set pieces.

The 40th minute was the last chance created in the half for Nova when Wesley Lottering held onto the ball too long and was tackled in the box causing the ball to ricochet to Matts who saw his shot saved again by Jassman diving to his bottom left, collecting the ball.

At halftime the match was goalless but with Hanover Park looking more likely to score as they were much sharper to the ball while Nova was containing the pressure and creating chances from the break.

Hanover Park Warming up

It didn’t take long for the home side to break the deadlock as Xola Balele took advantage of a breakdown during the Nova play and scored the opener in the 10th minute.

Nova Nacional equalised in the 24th minute when the ball was played over the Park defence and Faizel Johnson was first to react and slipped the ball pass Jassman and into the back of the net.

The rest of the half had opportunities for both sides but the away side showing more purpose in their attack. The match ended 1-1.