Match day for the Mens Regional League final 2021 eventually took place on a chilly Tuesday night at NY49, Gugulethu.
The delay of this fixture was caused by a complaint filed by Silver Spurs against Hanover Park for fielding an ineligible player in the last match of the season when HP faced Vasco Da Gama.
In the Regional Mens League the statutes states that the onus is on each club to record the yellow cards issued and not the responsibility of the League. In many opinions that is a copout by the League as it’s a responsibility which is shifted to the amateur clubs. Be that as it may, that is the law at the moment.
With the above said, the League does publish a summary of cautions on a weekly basis and on that summary, the player in question still had 3 yellow cards recorded and the 4th received against City was not recorded.
Spurs lost the initial case but appealed and won via arbitration resulting in Hanover Park being deducted 3 points and making them end 3rd on the log with Trinitarians second and Spurs 1st meaning that Spurs would face Stream A winners, Matroosfontein.
Many predicted the match to be tactical and a bit on the slow side but it instead it turned out to be an exciting and tactical encounter. Although both sides showed aggression in attack, it was Matroos who seemed the more dominant. Cheslyn Visagie, the Spurs defender, had a torrid time keeping his defence in check while they saw off the danger posed by Matroos. It was the side from the “dorp” who scored first but Spurs managed to get a goal back by halftime.
In the second half Matroosfontein continued their rhythm as they probed the Spurs defence while Spurs seemed to have only game plan which was playing the ball to top goal scorer, Ameen Awaldeen but he was kept at bay by James Berziek, the Matroos captain and central defender.
With the 2 goals scored in the second half, the side from Matroosfontein saw out the rest of the match and prevented any danger offered by Spurs to threaten them.
At the end of the match Coach Victor Tajoodien of Silver Spurs had this to say: “Although we are devastated, Matroos was the better team on the night and we wish them well in playoffs”
Coach Patrick Weels “I’m over the moon, we waited long for this and the players gave a good account of themselves tonight.”
Matroosfontein advance to the regional playoffs where they aim to take the leap to the ABC Motsepe League this weekend.