Stream A near the End

The #ABCMotsepeLeagueWC stream A concludes on Saturday and frontrunners Zizwe Utd are the favourites.
Ubuntu FC have fallen away as contenders as they lost their last 2 matches and could only secure a draw with CT Spurs while  Grassy Park Utd have taken the 2nd spot by winning their last 4 games.
 
Catch up matches are taking place today (Wednesday) after which it will be clearer on who is up for the title of stream A winners and will face FN Rangers in the 2 leg playoff. Currently Zizwe Utd are in the driving seat and if they can manage to win their last 2 matches against Santos and CT Spurs then they will become stream A winners.
 
Pics of the Santos vs Royal Blues match which took place on Saturday at Thornton Sports Ground where the home side won 5-1.
Royal Blues also played the following day where they suffered another defeat at the hands of newly crowned Bayhill Premier Cup champions, Cape Town Spurs. Spurs travel to Rustdene today to face the same opponents in the return match.
 
 
 
 

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Bayhill Premier Cup – Thomas Carolus

FC Real went through to the Plate final of the Bayhill Premier Cup when the beat Wayside Wanders 2 – 0 at Erica Park.
FC Real coach expects a tricky final when they face Greenwood Athletic.
Coach Bevan Bowers explained how his team went about their achievement – a success that will, no doubt, place the club back on the football map and open up exciting opportunities for the youngers.
This was about planning, preparation, team work and mental strength ” said Bouwers. ” I knew that we would perhaps not be able to compete with some of the individual talent at the disposal of the big clubs, but we ensured that we had structure, that we kept shape and that our defensive organization was finely tuned.
“Then, and it’s another aspect that the academy clubs perhaps don’t have, we made sure that we created a spirit of brotherhood in our squad.
The team fought for each other, they dug deep during difficult moments. And importantly, the team ethic was always more important than the individual.
Bouwers a central defender who would go on to play for Hellenic and Santos. He is now carving his own path in the game.
In the other semi – final Greenwood Athletic beat Hellenic 1 – 0

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Bayhill Premier Cup 2022 Day 2 – Stellies impress

Pic Cred: StellenboschFC.com – Devin Titus

The major talking point of day 2 at the Bayhill Premier Cup is the emergence of a strong candidate as a favourite in this year’s edition.
Stellenbosch FC scored three goals in their first match against JL Zwane on the A and showed their quality from start to finish. Although a team effort, performances by Devin Titus and Roy Keane Avontuur were a cut above the rest as Titus also scored for his side.
Other tournament hopefuls Ubuntu FC, Cape Town Spurs and defending champions Highlands Park, also look in contention based on their displays as they delivered match winning performances.
Local PSL representative, Cape Town City will have to raise their level if they have any hope of making a claim to 1 of the 2 available spots for the winners section in their group D.
Coach Byron Cottle from City felt his team were too slow in their build up and although City had most of the possession, they were not able to get behind the FN Rangers defence. He also felt the boys hadn’t transitioned from a normal league match time to the shorter time being played in a tournament.
FN Rangers lead the group with 6 points while Greenwood is in 2nd with 3 points after winning Pine Stars 4-0, leaving City and Pine Stars in the bottom 2.
Day 3 has much more in store as all teams have now played at least 1 match and will be putting the nerves aside and prove why the Premier Cup has the tagline, WHERE LEGENDS ARE BORN!!

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Bayhill Premier Cup 2022 Day 1 Done and Dusted

It’s been a 2 year wait for the Bayhill Premier Cup to return but it’s finally arrived.

With Day 1 done and dusted the excitement of the event was truly evident with the large crowd in attendance as a sense of normality with local grassroots football action taking place.

The action on the field hasn’t matched the level of excitement yet as nerves and tension for the 1st games of the tournament played a role but the next few days will surely see teams displaying their true potential. Probably the most exciting match of the day was played between Hellenic and JL Zwane on the A. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with JL Zwane having to chase for the equalizer and finding the net late in the second half.

This encounter had the elements which the Bayhill is known for including, skill, intensity, tactics and had the crowd expressing their excitement and enthusiasm for the display on offer.

With the 1st day completed and the participation of the visiting teams starting from day 2, we look forward to more of these type of matches at Erica Park.

Results for Day 1
Blue Downs Spurs 1-2 Wayside Wanderers
Jordan Callies 1-0 Hustlaz Academy
Greenwood Athletic 0-1 FN Rangers
Rebels FC 0-0 Grassy Park United
Bayview FC 0-1 Hanover Park
Hellenic FC 1-1 JL Zwane
Juventus FC 0-0 Ikapa Sporting

The Bayhill Premier Cup is taking place form the 13th – 18 April at Erica Park, Belhar
Entry fee R15 per person & R15 per vehicle. Spectators are allowed and no vaccination card needed

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ABC Motsepe Streams Face 2 Horse Race

The ABC Motsepe League in the Western Cape comes to an end in the month of April with Stream A ending on the last Saturday of the month and Stream B finishing the 10th of April.

Both streams seem to have their own 2 horse race but are so close that its still hard to call a winner in each of them just yet.

With Stream B coming to an end in the next 2 weeks, frontrunners FN Rangers and Glendene have it all to play for in their last 2 matches.

Current log leaders FN Rangers probably have the toughest of the last matches as compared to Glendene who seem to have an easier run at the finish line although, nothing is guaranteed.

Bradley August’s Glendene host struggling and bottom placed Langebaan this weekend and its hard to see that the team from Saldanha will cause an upset away from home. Glendene’s final match will be played at Rooikrans against a CT FC Hotspurs team that have been recovering from a slow start to the season and haven’t lost a match in 5 games heading into this weekend. The question is, will they have enough to offer resistance to a Glendene team who have only lost 1 match this season so far and has the 2nd best goal difference in the league?

FN Rangers have 2 remaining matches that may cause some tough resistance in the form of Ikapa Sporting and HBUFC.
Coach Ryan Botha’s first season in the 2nd division for HBUFC has yielded satisfying results with 8 wins and 8 draws and zero losses so far and also boasts the best defensive record in the stream, with the least number of goals conceded. Their 1st round match against FN Rangers delivered a 1-1 draw and it promises to be a tight affair with higher stakes this time around.

Before the match against HBUFC, Coach Areshaat Daniels and his FN Rangers team will have to see off Ikapa Sporting who are currently in 7th place on the log and by all accounts the team from Royal Road will back themselves for the 3 points.

Stream A have a few more games to play and the current favourites to take the number 1 spot are Ubuntu FC (1) and Zizwe United (2). Zizwe United are placed 2nd and trail by 1 point but have 2 games in hand over their counterparts.

Ubuntu FC have a tough challenge as they have to face 2 of the current top 5 sides in the form of Santos and Mbekweni Sundowns as part of their last 4 matches.

Zizwe Utd on the other hand remaining matches are against teams from the bottom half of the table, Jomos Power (8), Black Cats (10), Gansbaai City (11), Clarewood JPM (6) and Cape Town Spurs (7).

With more points on offer for Zizwe Utd because of their games in hand, the team from Nyanga should be firm favourites to take the number 1 spot but, this is football and anything is possible.

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Santos vow to “Rise to the Occasion” – Nedbank Last 32

The People’s Team departed the mother City on Saturday morning to the Nedbank Round 32 match in Limpopo.

The Santos squad had a light training session after landing in JHB and then travelled to Limpopo by bus. The task ahead is huge for the ABC Motsepe side from Cape Town as their opponents, Marumo Gallants, are plying their trade in the highest league of the country, the PSL.

Santos road to the last 32 saw them defeat fellow 2nd Division sides, Gansbaai City, Police Fc, Royal Blues, Black Cats and HBUFC not forgetting 3rd division log leaders, Hanover Park.

Gallants are coached by Dan Malesela who is well aware of Cape Town football and its players as he is a former head coach of Cape Town All Stars and Malesela has done well since joining Gallants in Nov 2021.

Head coach of Santos, Abduraghman Jacobs, only arrived at Thornton this season but made huge strides in assembling a new squad of players who have become a team unit with depth and character. Not all results have gone their way in the league but a memorable comeback against Clarewood JPM winning 3-2 after being down 2-0, showed their never say die attitude.

The People’s Team squad have a few seasoned campaigners who have a wealth of experience like, Junaid Trouncelle, who is the captain, Suhayl Allie, goalkeeper Stanton Weir, Shiraaj Davids and Charlton April. Although their experience shines through Santos also have the younger players currently on form like, former Cape Umoya player Riyaaz Nell and hard tackling Gershwin Esau.

The Santos camp is positive and eager to impress as they vow that they will rise to the occasion.

Wishing Coach Abduraghman Jacobs, Roger Fortune and their team all the best for Sunday
The match will be televised Live SABC1 and SS202 from The Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Squad :

1.Stanton Weir
2. Sameer Soeker
3. Glenville Africa
4. Junaid Trouncelle
5. Junaid Charles
6. Maurice Finck
7. Lukanya Malgas
8. Fabian Bezuidenhout
9. Jamie Craak
10. Gershwin Esau
11. Shiraaj Davids
12. Peter Wade Fish
13. Ray Marco Wildskut
14. Suhayl Allie
15. Curtly Poole
16. Charlton April
17. Slovo
18. Bulelani Tyimi
19. Riyaaz Nell
20. Matthew Petersen

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Greenwood Edge Jamestown In 7 Goal Thriller

On Tuesday night Greenwood Athletic hosted Jamestown United at Solo Street in a 7:30PM kickoff and true to form, Solo Street was quite windy which created a challenge for both sides.

Jamestown with the wind at their back in the first half had applied the pressure, forcing the home side to make mistakes in their own half.
In the 8th minute the visitors capitalized on a Greenwood error as the home side lost the ball in their box after trying to play out from a goal kick and Jamestown’s Darron Omaticus slotted the ball into the net over a gaping Kyle Martin, the opposition keeper.

As the half progressed, Greenwood slowly edged their way back into the game and got their equalizer when Shaun Sopio netted after the Jamestown goalkeeper, Mohamad Arendse, saved an initial shot from Nazier Jacobs.

Just before the halftime break the home side went ahead when Tevin Horne scored as he latched onto a freekick taken by Sopio.

The second half started like a house on fire as the Jamestown substitutions made their presence felt with Mikyle Adams and Moeneeb Bassier making an impact on the game. The visitors were soon on even terms when Omaticus equalized after the Greenwood defence were unable to clear from a freekick.

Adams, the pacey left winger from Jamestown, made easy work of getting behind the right hand side of the opponents’ backline and caused endless problems for Mark Nefdt and his defense as Adams also provided the assist for Omaticus to complete his hattrick and to take the lead 3-2.

Greenwood were never out of the game and with experienced players like Tevin Horne, Nathan Brown and Mark Nefdt on the pitch, they always gave themselves a chance and shortly after they went behind, Brown scored the equalizer.

Jamestown had a chance to take the lead again when Adams missed a golden opportunity as he head the ball passed an exposed net but the ball was so low that he might have done better if he had chosen to use his feet instead.

With chances presented for both sides late in the second half, it was Greenwood who got the break when they were awarded a freekick on the edge of the Jamsetown box and Shaun Sopio curled the ball passed the wall and into the left corner of the goals to give the home side the winning result of 4-3.

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Trojan claim away victory against loaded Spurs

This past weekend saw the resumption of the ABC Motsepe League in the Western Cape after the December break and we made our way to Rooikrans Sports field in Grassy Park where CT FC Hotspurs hosted Trojan Utd.

FC CT Hotspurs purchased the Battalions FC franchise under the FC Milan name but have since been changed to CT FC Hotspurs.

Trojan Utd on the other hand purchased the Steenberg franchise and is coached by former Steenberg Utd coach, Mike Lukhubeni. The team from Milnerton have had a good start to the season with only 1 loss to HBUFC a couple of weeks ago and are considered title contenders by many.

Hotspurs are 2nd from bottom in their group and are yet to record a win, despite having plenty of experienced players in the squad and are currently considered as the under achievers of the group.

The Grassy Park side are hoping to change their fortunes and have acquired the services of Dylan Dean, the former CT Spurs and CT All Stars coach, taking over from Shane Poggenpoel who still remains as part of the technical team.

The first 15 mins saw Trojan with most of the possession as they made use of long passes to keep their opponents facing their own goal and created a clear attempt on goal when Asikhe Mziwkazi had his effort saved by goalkeeper, Rafiq Trumpeter.
Hotspurs made a few attempts to play from the back but their decision making and unforced errors caused them not to progress to the final third while they were also made to work extra hard as they tried to gain possession and conceded a number of fouls in the first quarter of the match.

The home side did manage to get into the game from the 20th minute after some stern instruction from the bench with Anees Petersen and Matthew Tiemie having an influence. Shamiel Philander became more involved as he dropped deep to collect the ball from the defenders as they played from the back.

The second half started better for Hotspurs as they forced a save from Trojan keeper, Tisetso Seodinyane and also started taking more control of the game but were unable to complete any attacking moves initiated.

Trojan showed patience as they fought to win the loose ball to break on the counter and their tactic proved fruitful when, in the 30th minute, they beat the offside trap and Gavin Hammers netted to put the visitors in front.

Coach Deane then brought on substitutes Zaahir Witbooi and Liam Schnell who energized the team as their presence was immediately felt when they were involved in the build up which created an opportunity for Matthew Tiemie but his shot was saved by Seodinyane.

Hotspurs were creating more chances as they pushed for the equalizer which also made them vulnerable in defense and in the 40th minute, Trojan’s Kamva Nohashe nearly scored after receiving a cross from Hammers.
Late in the second half, Hammers completed his brace after he latched onto a pass from Nohashe to make the score 2-0.

 

A consolation goal came just before the final whistle for Hotspurs when Royston Rhoda scored for the home side after Trojan failed to clear a corner.

The match ended 2-1.

More images at https://the4thmoment.co.za/gallery/

 

 

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