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
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!!
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