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3RD Division snap report – Joe Pillay

SAFA Cape Town’s SAB League season has been nothing short of entertainment and competitiveness. The 16-team league is approaching its closing stages with just under 10 fixtures remaining.

Topping the stands is Young Pirates with 43 points which could have been more had they not dropped two valuable points this past weekend in a 2-2 draw against Nova Nacional FC.

Fortunately for Pirates, their closest contenders, Matroosfontein FC were also held to a 1-1 draw by Rebels FC while third from the top, Greenwood Athletic also failed to capitalize on the top two sides’ draws as they went down by a 1-0 to Bellstar United.

A high scoring game took place between Junction Rovers and Two Oceans Academy as Rovers fought to a 6-4 victory in a 10-goal thriller at home.

Bluegum United had it all to do at home when they welcomed Goal 50 United who only managed to get one goal in a 3-1 loss against the hosts while Bayview FC edged Hanover Park by a 2-1 margin.

The fight for promotion to the ABC Motsepe League will be quite interesting in the next weeks leading up to the season’s conclusion.

3rd Div – CatchUp!

A third of the season is done and things are just starting to heat up in the SAB League in Cape Town.

A few of the results of the past weekend were unexpected like, Bellstar beating current log leaders, Matroosfontein 2-1. This is only the 2nd loss for Matroos and makes them reachable for current title chasers, Greenwood Athletic and Junction Rovers.

Greenwood just scraped past Goal 50 Unite on Friday evening as they beat the Heideveld side 1-0, a goal courtesy of Nathan Brown. Junction Rovers got 1 past Cape Town City which elevated them into 2nd place 2 points behind the leaders but having played an extra match. Unfortunately for City, they’re placed 15th and everyone is waiting to see if the team will be reinforced to save their status. It is their first season in this SAB League.

Young Pirates who started the season like a house on fire dealt with Silver Spurs, winning 4-2, and got them back onto winning ways after suffering 2 losses before this encounter.

Spurs are placed 12th but the gap between them and the bottom teams are too close for comfort. Experienced in this league, they will know that improvement is required to relieve some pressure.

Hanover Park, who have coach Franklyn Davies back in charge played to a 2-2 draw with Cape Town United which keeps them in the top 5 and leaves United placed 10th.

The new Two Oceans are giving a good account of themselves in their first season as their victory against Rebels, 3-2, keeps them closer to mid table rather than in relegation danger whereas for Rebels, they are placed at 13th and only 5 points clear of the drop zone.

Kuilsriver continue their recovery after a slow start to the season and beat Bluegum United 3-1 on Sunday. Currently in 9th position, the Kuila team are on the up and playing with more confidence but Bluegum United are placed at the bottom of the log with only 1 win in 11 games.

The last match of the weekend also delivered an unexpected result where Bayview FC were beaten by Nova Nacional 1-0. A goal scored on time by substitute Pedro Marques. Although the Milnerton based side have improved in some parts of their game, they still remain inconsistent and at times not playing with any direction so the result against a Bayview side who were having a good run, is probably unexpected. With the loss Bayview lose out in entering the top 5 and are placed 6th, while Nova climb to 8th.

A big game to look forward to this weekend is probably Greenwood vs Young Pirates as both teams are hot on the heels of Matroosfontein.

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.