Semi-finalists decided at the 2011 SAB U21 National Championships

By FOCUS REPORTER

 

UNIVERSITY Sport South Africa (USSA), hosts Gauteng, Free State and Mpumalanga have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2011 SAB Under 21 National Championships being held at the University of Johannesburg’s AW Muller Stadium in Auckland Park. USSA and Gauteng finished first and second in Group A, while Free State and Mpumalanga did the same in Group B.

USSA will take on Mpumalanga in the first semi-final at 1pm today at the AW Muller Stadium, while the clash between Free State and Gauteng will follow at 3pm.

The final will be played tomorrow at the Eldorado Park Stadium starting at 15h00, and it will be preceded by the third/fourth place play-off which will kick off at 10am.

The USSA had already qualified for the top four before the start of the last group stage matches yesterday, they took on Gauteng who were competing with Kwazulu Natal for the second spot.

The host region won 1-0 in a very closely-contested affair, the goal coming in the 44th minute courtesy of Mzanakhe Tshalalela. USSA staged a spirited fight back but it was not to be, despite Gauteng’s Xola Mlambo being shown a red card for a second bookable offence in the dying minutes of the encounter. Mlambo will miss the semis and, should Gauteng proceed, he won’t play in the final also.

In the other match, KZN and the Western Cape played to a 2-2 draw, which eliminated both from the contest. Substitute Lindani Mlambo of KZN and Shalon Masibulele of Western Cape each scored a brace to help their teams share the spoils.

USSA and Gauteng end the group stages on nine points each after four matches, with three wins each side, no draw and just one loss each. USSA is so far the highest scoring team in the tournament with 14 goals. KZN finished third with seven points following two victory and one draw and one loss. Both the Western Cape and Northern Cape failed to win a single match, finishing fourth and fifth on two points and one point respectively.

Gauteng had a stingy defence and gave away only two goals in four matches; the Western Cape conceded 11 goals, whilst the Northern Cape only celebrated two goals.

In Group B, leaders Free State played to a 1-1 draw and both qualified for the last four. Free State finished on 10 points, two ahead of Mpumalanga. Both haven’t lost a match in the group stages, with the group leaders scoring the most goals, eight. There were goals galore in the other match where defending champions Eastern Cape were held to a 3-3 draw by Limpopo. Eastern Cape ended third, followed by the North West and with Limpopo bottom of the group after failing to win a match.

Thabang Motau of USSA and Quincy Bloem of the Free State are joint top goal scorers with four goals each after the group stages.

Group A scored 35 goals, while in Group B managed only 25 goals to make a total of 60 goals in twenty matches.

 

 

GROUP A

GROUP B

A1 –  Gauteng

B1 – Mpumalanga

A2  –  Northern Cape

B2 – North West

A3  – USSA

B3 – Free State

A4 – KZN

B4 – Eastern Cape

A5  – Western Cape

B5 – Limpopo

 

DAY FIVE RESULTS:

THURSDAY, 30 JUNE 2011 – UJ AW MULLER STD

 

GROUP A

Host

 

 Visitor

Time

Field

Match No

USSA

0-1

Gauteng

13:00

B

9

KZN

2-2

Western Cape

13:00

Main Field

10

Northern Cape

Vs

Bye

 

 

GROUP B

Host

 

 Visitor

Time

Field

Match No

Free State

1-1

Mpumalanga

15:00

Main Field

9

Eastern Cape

3-3

Limpopo

15:00

B

10

North West

Vs

Bye

 

 

 

FINAL GROUP STAGE STANDINGS

 

GROUP A

 

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

1.

USSA

4

3

0

1

14

4

10

9

2.

Gauteng

4

3

0

1

7

2

5

9

3.

Kwazulu Natal

4

2

1

1

7

8

-1

7

4.

Western Cape

4

0

2

2

5

11

-6

2

5.

Northern Cape

4

0

1

3

2

10

-8

1

 

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GROUP B

 

 

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

 

1.

Free State