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Team performance is key for Matroos

Matroosfontein are sitting pretty at the top of Stream A and it’s unlikely that they will be dethroned from the summit but, coach Patrick Weels is all to weary of complacency as he can still recall the season when his side was 21 points clear and still failed to win the league. In his own words “I will never forget that season”

On Saturday the log leaders hosted the team at the bottom of the log, Bayview FC from Mitchells Plain. If anyone thought that this would be a walk in the park for Matroos, they would be highly mistaken as the Bayview team is on the mend and have shown improved results of late.

It was the home side that took the early initiative as Curtley Poole latched on a loose ball in the final third and squeezed it inside the near post to give his side the early lead.

After the goal the visitors started to string a few attacks together and applied pressure on the hosts’ defence. In the 10th minute Lincoln Felix from Bayview had the opportunity to unleash a shot but was off target not troubling the Matroos goalkeeper, Preston Branco.
Bayview held majority of the possession but lacked the ability to create real opportunities mainly because of poor decision making in the final third. Matroosfontein were picking up the loose ball quite easily and were swift in their attack with the ball being swung from 1 side of the field to the other in a very speedily fashion.

It was also clear that the home side preferred smaller interchanges before directing the ball into space on the far side where 1 of their attackers were ready to pounce. Kyle Morris, of Matroosfontein, was dangerous off the ball as well as when in possession.

The Matroosfontein midfield pairing of Reagan Faro and Curtley Poole formed a good combination and understanding of each other’s whereabouts which made it easier to relieve pressure as soon as they won the ball.
For Bayview, Taariq Petersen and Chad Goliath were stand out performers.

The first half ended 1-0 to the home side but all the questions were being asked by the visitors.

With coach Rezaan Jacobs from Bayview making some adjustments to his line up, the visitors were able to continue their hunt for the equalizer. The second half became a more open affair with players tiring but the intensity of the match was still present. Bayview got their equalizer when Matroosfontein defence was unable to clear a wide cross effectively and the experienced Rezico Davids, struck the ball towards goal and into the net, making the score 1-1.

In their search for the winner Bayview had a lapse of concentration and a minute after the goal was scored, the home side snuck in behind the defence to score the winner. A probing through ball by Curtley Poole to Luciano Johnson was enough for Johnson to bury the ball pass Bayview keeper, Marawaan Cupido.

Great performances by these boys. From left – Wendell Cornelissen, Kyle Moses and Luciano Johnson

As a recap, Bayview’s downfall in this match would be their poor decision making in the final third and maybe playing too much as individuals as compared to Matroosfontein’s team performance and well drilled attacking play when in possession.

The win solidifies Matroosfontein top position as they prepare to the winner of Stream B.

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
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