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City Claim Victory In 7 Goal Thriller

Johnston Road was the venue which hosted Junction Rovers and Cape Town City in a bottom of the table clash in stream B of the Regional Mens League.

Both teams are in a rebuilding phase this season as they have new coaches in charge this year with a change in player staff to their respective squads. With neither team able to record a win thus far, the opportunity was up for grabs for either coaches to record their first 3 pointer.

The first few minutes of the match saw City with a slight upper hand which resulted in their opening attempt by Austin Faro but his attempt was saved by Junction goal keeper Shakeel Arendse.
Junction quickly responded when Lucian Johannes found himself with time and space in the City box but he scuffed his shot wide.

The contrasting playing styles was clear to see as the visitors kept their width while trying to draw the opponents inside in an attempt to free up space for those wide players. This did however leave City vulnerable at times when defending as most of the Junction attacks came from the left and right hand side of the field.

Rovers missed a prime opportunity to open the scoring when Sikeurro Sheller and Mikyle Adams failed to communicate with each other inside the small box of the City goal keeper and both attempted to shoot simultaneously and, in the end, fluffed the attempt wide of the posts.

In the 30th minute the tall Cape Town City goal keeper, Sixolisiwe Madolwana, was called into action and saved an attempt by Lwandile Dlokova who only had the keeper to beat to put his side in the lead. Junction Rovers had their fair share of the ball and created opportunities but they lacked the final pass and composure to make those attempts count.

Late in the first half the defence of Junction Rovers was caught napping when Sihle Doyiza guided his curling free kick into the opponents’ area and teammate Faro latched onto the end of it and scored the opening goal taking his side 1-0 up.
Sisonke Lubelwana from City came close to doubling his side’s lead when his shot from outside the Junction box was heading for goal when keeper, Arendse, tipped the attempt over the crossbar.

Just before the halftime whistle Lebelwana had another attempt on target which Arendse got a hand to but this time the shot was too strong for him to save and crossed the goal line to take City 2-0 into the break. The good build up from the middle of the park which led to the attempt made the goal a bit more precious.

Early after the restart Cape Town City were awarded a penalty as the Junction keeper was adjudged to have fouled Luvulo Bhangushe in the penalty area and Sifumba Luphumlo converted from the spot.

Shortly after Junction’s Lucian Johannes, assisted by Mikyle Adams, found the back of the net to get his side on the scoresheet and instill some belief in a comeback. The second half was very different compared to the first as Rovers kept the ball long and influenced the match with substitutions which made an impact in their attack. This aerial ploy had City under pressure and were left defending for many parts of the half.

City had another penalty awarded but Lisakhanyo Mene had his spot kick saved by Arendse. With the match a bit more open, opportunities were created on either side and unfortunately the home side had too many near misses to be able to salvage any points from the encounter.

The match ended with a 4-3 victory to Cape Town City and leaves Junction Rovers firmly rooted at the bottom with 1 point.

Goal scorers were:
Junction Rovers – Lucian Johannes, Marlin Wilters and Vuyisa Sigalelana
Cape Town City – Austin Faro x 2, Sisonke Lubelwana and Sifumba Luphumlo

Points shared after an intense encounter

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.

Matroosfontein Ahead of the Stream

Reagan Faro in red, leading the Matroos attack

In a double header weekend, Heideveld side Goal 50 Unite, hosted Matroosfontein on Saturday at Heideveld in an early 2pm kick off. The visitors came to Heideveld with a better record for the season than their hosts as coach Patrick Wheels’ charges played 2 games of which they won 1 and drew 1 while Goal 50 Unite lost both their opening matches.

One of the first chances of the match fell to Matroosfontein when Lorenzo Jaap did extremely well out wide to round the defence and deliver a good cross into the area of Goal 50 but Keanan De Wet struck his shot over the crossbar. It was clear that the lanky striker Reagan Faro, would be a concern for the Goal 50 defence as his work rate, energy and ability to link up with his teammates was plain to see.

The home side was not outdone by their more favoured opponents as they managed to compete for possession in the midfield but to their own undoing, lost the ball by unforced errors as they were guilty of not releasing the ball quick enough. At the times when they tried to release the ball quicker, their passes were either intercepted or not completed.

Matroosfontein captain James Beziek dictating play on Saturday

The first half seemed more like the Heideveld side were waiting on their opponents’ errors and then play off those mistakes but many times the action took place deep in their own half and they were not effective in playing the ball further up the field.

On the other hand, Matroos looked more structured, energized, executing good combinations, confident in their plan and enjoyed plenty of possession in the midfield with captain, James Beziek dictating the pace and attack with his passing and vision.

The visitor’s first goal came shortly before halftime when Albertino Van De Heuwel guided a well delivered corner kick, taken by Curtley Poole, into the far corner of the poles beating goal keeper, Niven Scott.

Just after 9 minutes in the 2nd half, Goal 50 was unfortunate to concede as the visitors scored their 2nd goal. Faro struck a shot from outside the area and goalkeeper Scot, lost his footing as he slipped and to his dismay could only watch the ball pass him into the back of the net.

Faro scored his second when he took charge of a free kick just outside the home side’s area and struck the ball pass the diving Scot who wasn’t quick enough to react and prevent the goal being scored.

The second half consisted of the hosts trying their utmost to get back into the encounter and at times they had the upper hand as the visitors seemed to have relaxed a bit. With changes being made by the home side, they were more penetrative and created opportunities inside the final third. There hard work was rewarded with a penalty and Jean Pierre Jafta made no mistake when he converted for the consolation goal.

Trinnies (white) beat Junction (yellow) 4-0 on Saturday

Matroosfontein ended the double header weekend with 6 points as they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday to enter the week top of the table in stream A.

Goal 50 managed to turn their fate around on Sunday when they beat Greenwood Athletic 3-2 making it 2 losses in a row for the Retreat side as they were beaten by Bayview FC with the same score line on Friday night.

In other matches, Silver Spurs were brought down to earth after their great start to the season when they drew both their matches the weekend with Bluegum and Jamestown respectively. Vasco Da Gama, 2nd placed in stream B, picked up 4 points the weekend as they beat Jamestown 2-1 on Saturday and were gifted the points on Sunday after their opponents, Cape Umoya, failed to pitch for their game.

Coach Zaheer Simons from Trinitarians will be relieved and happy after his side earned all points up for grabs after their opening loss. Trinitarians trounced Junction Rovers 4-0 on Saturday and beat Hanover Park 1-0 on Sunday at home in Uitsig.

Other results: Sunday – Bayview 0-4 Woodlands, Crystal Palace 1–3 Matroosfontein, Junction Rovers 1- 1 Bluegum

Saturday – Cape Town United 0-0 Woodlands, Crystal Palace 1-2 Ocean view, Cape Umoya 2-0
Cape Town City

League update at lockdown

As our country experiences our first lockdown we take the time to have a look at what stage in the season the SAFA 3rd division was suspended and its impact.

After round 17 Hanover Park are at the summit due to a better goal difference than Greenwood Athletic and newcomers Crystal Palace as all three teams have 31 points. Hot on their heels is Cape Town City with 30 points who also have the best goal difference in the league due to their high goal-scoring rate of 45 goals in 17 matches.

Other newcomers Woodlands, who have been doing well to keep in the top 5 are only 2 points (29) adrift from the top 3 while former log leaders Silver Spurs are in 6th spot with 28 points.

Between 8th and 1st place sees only a 5 point difference which offered an exciting scenario before the suspension of the league.

Matroosfontein who was at the same time last season in the top 3, are now facing relegation as they are rooted at the bottom with only 8 points and recording 2 wins this season. Cape Town United and Goal 50 are part of the threatened relegation mix and are in danger of the drop if they fail to record some positive results once the league resumes or IF it resumes.

Teams having a better record this season compared to last year are Bluegum United, Rebels, Bellstar and Cape Town City, with the latter in the top 5.

With the lockdown imposed having 21 days without any activity all clubs are in an unfamiliar and scary position with a vast number of challenges facing clubs.

Player fitness and readiness is probably the most concerning for technical staff as players might be keeping physically fit at home, but will need time to adapt to match fitness post the lockdown.

The ability to adapt to the time off will determine which teams will benefit the most if a return does happen. If the league does resume then the break may offer clubs like Matroosfontein, Cape Town United and Goal 50 an opportunity to recover as the lockdown might serve as a leveler as it is possible that other teams will struggle to continue the form they had before the break.

Another talking point is that the uncertainty of the restart to the league may cause some teams to lose key players. Although the 3rd Division is an amateur league, some teams do remunerate players and the fact that there are no matches taking place, may cause players not to be paid.

The reality of the matter is that the 21-day break may change the whole complexity of the current log positions especially considering the points difference between 15th place and 1st place is only 16 points at the moment compared to last season where it was 24 points at the same stage.

SAFA will assess the situation after the lockdown and decide the way forward and hopefully, by then we would’ve flattened the curve and have a chance of returning to the sports field but also bearing in mind that there is also the real possibility that leagues may not resume.

#staysafe

Final day – SAB League

This weekend sees the conclusion of the SAFA 3rd Division (SAB LEAGUE).
The past 2 weeks we’ve witnessed a turnaround and shift in log positions due to DC rulings which had not only points deducted but also added to affected clubs.

This has caused Young Pirates, who were leading the log, to drop to second as Matroosfontein benefited with the addition of points and now head the log with 1 game to go.

Effectively 3 clubs are in the running for the league on the final day. Matroosfontein lay in 1st place with 57 points while both Young Pirates and Hanover Park are 2 points adrift.

Hanover Park is probably the outside bet as they need to win their match against Greenwood and also depend on the top 2 to lose their matches. There are various scenarios which could result in any of the top 3 taking the title however, Matroosfontein holds their own destiny in their hands and if they win their final match against Cape Town City, they win the league.

The bottom half has just much tension as clubs play for their survival and with the drop of Ubuntu to the ABC Motsepe League having an effect on the lower leagues, it will be more than the standard 2 teams who will be relegated.

The number of teams who will be relegated will be confirmed after the 2nd division for NFD playoff and the 3rd division for ABC Motsepe playoff. If Steenberg United and the SAB League winner both get through the playoffs, fewer teams will be dropped from the SAB League.

Kuilsriver AFC who were the worst affected by the DC Rulings are bottom of the log and they will be relegated after Saturday’s match. The bottom sides all have tough encounters on Saturday and a few unexpected results are on the cards as clubs fight till the last day to secure their status.

What an exciting end to a crazy season where the log table was close through the year. Last season FN Rangers won the league with 70 points and the last team in that season finished with 18 points, compared to this season where the 60 point mark can win the league and the last team can end with 31 points. Proof of how tight it was this year.

Newcomers make their mark

Matroosfontein and Two Oceans doing battle in the Nedbank cup earlier this year

New comers Matroosfontein hold the top of the log position at the end of year break in the SAFA 3rd division.

The team earned their spot in the league via the promotion playoffs and have racked up the victories only losing 1 out of 8 matches played thus far.

When asked about his team’s log position, Coach Patrick had this to say

“We have been working hard and smart because it’s not easy to play in this league where you have to balance between age and youth. To keep players motivated we try to get every player on the field and still pick up points in that way I think they stay prepared to play and support each other. We don’t choose our games, every game is as important as the last one played”

Their results have proven that the above approach has worked for the newbies and some key scalps have been collected the way. Silver Spurs, Greenwood Athletic, Hanover Park and Junction Rovers all suffered losses to Matroosfontein. Heading into the new year Coach Patrick and his team will hope they can maintain their results and end their first season in league at the highest place possible.

The 2nd promoted team of last year Young Pirates have also had a positive start to their campaign. Pirates end up 2nd at the break and have been identified as one of the title chasers for this season. Their form hasn’t been consistent but they have the firing power up front and have the highest goals scored at 26 with Taahir Jumat netting 9 for his team and currently the top scorer in the league.

At the start of the season Pirates seemed unstoppable but with losses to Cape Town United and Junction Rovers, including a draw with Bluegum United, Coach Roger Fortune has to get his team back on track come January to keep their title aspirations alive.

Another new comer this year is Nova Nacional who purchased the Riverside Rangers franchise, end up mid table at the break. It’s now well known that the club has a strong financial backing and have huge aspirations for the club. The club has found the league tougher than planned and have already had 2 exits in management. Imraan Morgan was introduced as the General Manager when the club was started, exited early in the season while former head coach Vorgen Less was no longer in charge after their draw to Goal 50 Unite.

Top goalscorer Taahier Jumat of Pirates holding off Jayden Geduldt from Nova

Coach Mike Lukhubene has been assisting with training sessions at Nova as a temporary measure and the team has already had a good result, recording a hard earned win against Rebels.

The final new comer this season is Cape Town City who purchased the Atlantic Nacional franchise, who were relegated from the ABC Motsepe League last year. The team is filled with young talents and have already built a reputation of being disciplined in their style of play. City are currently in the drop zone and might have the element of experience missing from their squad.

This season has been competitive so far with only 6 points difference between last spot and mid table which means a good winning streak by any of the bottom teams can boost them into the top 8.