City’s young soccer stars compete in Rocklands

| Siyabonga Kalipa
MPCE took on PPG Langa in the play-offs of the Under 19 Bayhill Cup at the weekend. Photo by Siyabonga Kalipa.

Bayhill United Legacy Grounds in Rocklands was abuzz at the weekend as teams from across Cape Town competed in the play-offs of the 2015 U19 Metropolitan Premier Cup, also known as the Bayhill Cup.

The games started at 9:00 in the morning with each team playing a home and an away game.

Fans were entertained by the skills displayed by the under 19 players, with some taking out camp chairs and braai stands in spite of the scorching heat.

MPCE took on PPG Langa in the first home game and won by a single goal. PPG players looked disappointed after losing the first game and their coach kept on shouting “it is not over boys, we still have to play them again, and we can do it”.

In the second game which was PPG’s home game, the home team took the lead early in the first half and won the game by two goals to zero. PPG advances to the next round of qualifying for the Bayhill Cup while MPCE is out of the play offs.

Seventeen year old Bevan Page from MPCE looked very disappointed after losing the second game.

Page said, “I feel very bad that we lost this game and now we are out of the competition. We let ourselves down because we didn’t play as a team. We must just work harder next time. Things didn’t go our way this year.”

MPCE coach Henkel Cane said: “We did the right thing in the first game which is why we won, but all of that changed in the second game. We need to go back to the drawing board now and rectify our mistakes. Credit to PPG coach - he used our techniques against us and that worked well for his team.”

PPG goalkeeper 18 year old Lwando Landzi said: “We were very disappointed that we lost the first game, but our coach told us to keep our heads up and focus on the second game. We played with our hearts in the second game because we wanted it more than them and that showed, because we won.”

Gareth Ncacha coch of PPG said, “My boys worked very well as a team in the second game and they were motivated by the fact that if they win they stand a chance of playing in one of the country’s biggest Under 19 tournaments. Now that we are a few steps closer to achieving that, we need to prepare well for our next games.”

Here are the other results of the day:

Kensington FC 1 - 2 FC Tygerberg

Leeds United 1 - 2 Stephanians Ottery

Sunningdale 1 - 1 Leeds Lentegeur

MPCE 1 - 0 PP Langa

RC Athletico 1 - 1 Crusaders AFC

Steenberg United 0 (Def) - 3 Cape Town Fusion

Geelbooi Sporting 1 - 0 Oasis FC

PPG Samora 1 - 1 Young Stars

Eastern Rovers 1 - 0 Clover FC

Liverpool Portland 1 - 1 Ikapa Sporting

Ashford Athletico 1 - 3 Everton Spurs

Rock-A-Fellas 0 - 3 Tafelzught

J.L Zwane 2 - 1 Greenhaven Spurs

Kraaifontein FC 4 - 2 Valhalla United

Barcelona 0 - 1 Invincible Cravenby

PP Langa 2 - 0 MPCE

Leeds Lentegeur 1 - 2 Sunningdale

Stephanians Ottery 0 - 2 Leeds United

FC Tygerberg 4 - 0 Kensington FC

Vrygrond Young Stars 0 - 3 PPG Samora

Oasis FC 1 - 4 Geelbooi Sporting

Cape Town Fusion 3 - 0 (Def) Steenberg United

Crusaders AFC 1 - 0 RC Athletico

Tafelzught 5 - 1 Rock-A-Fellas

Everton Spurs 0 - 0 Ashford Athletico

Ikapa Sporting 1(5) - 1(4) Liverpool Portland

Clover FC 0 - 1 Eastern Rovers

Invincible Cravenby 3 – 0 (Def) Barcelona

Valhalla United 3 – 1 Kraaifontein FC

Greenhaven Spurs 1 - 2 J.L Zwane

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