By FOCUS REPORTER
SUPERSPORT United began the defence of their Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup
title on Thursday with a 1-0 Group A victory over Mr. Price Parkhurst on a
chilly afternoon at Erica Park in Belhar on the Cape Flats. Midfielder
Thabiso Kwela’s first half strike was enough to secure Matsatsantsa the
three points as they picked up where they left off 12 months ago, with a
Meanwhile, Baltic Rangers caused the upset of the day, defeating Soweto
glamour club Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 to take the lead Group G along with Robinvale
Spurs, who outclassed Old Mutual Academy by two goals to one.
In the other Group A fixture, Pretoria University began their campaign with
a 4-0 thrashing of Salt River Blackpool to keep the heat on SuperSport and
put them in line to qualify for the knock-out rounds.
In Group B, Stars of Africa Academy lead the way after edging Durban side,
Sydenham Cavaliers 2-1, while host club Bayhill United played out a goalless
draw against the Cape Town Academy team.
ASD Cape Town took control of Group C following a 1-0 win over Zimbabwean
visitors Young Warriors to register their second successive victory, but
have Vasco da Gama breathing down their necks after they beat Hanover Park
In Group D, Namibian outfit, Komesho FC earned plaudits for their 2-1 win
over City Lovers, who have been consigned to the losers’ round after two
consecutive defeats. 2008 champions Ajax Cape Town opened their account with
a 2-1 triumph over Milano United.
Origan Spurs lead Group E after playing to a 1-1 draw with Dipetsana FC from
Botswana. Local favourites, Belhar Spurs made Tshwane glamour club Mamelodi
Sundowns work hard for their single goal triumph, but ultimately succumbed
to their second loss on the trot, effectively eliminating them from the
Santos and Riverside Rangers failed to produce a goal in their opening Group
F game, while first-timers Morganster United marked their Metropolitan U19
Premier Cup debut with a 2-0 win over Bahlabani FC from Lesotho to move to
the top of the group.
Moroka Swallows gave visiting English team, South Nottingham College a
lesson in how it’s done in South Africa, scoring three times without reply,
while Swallows FC of Port Elizabeth joined their more illustrious namesakes
at the top of the group following an impressive 3-1 defeat of Bloemfontein
“The opening round of matches has set a very high standard for the rest of
the tournament, and it is already apparent that whoever wants to lift the
trophy is going to have to produce an outstanding effort to finish at the
top of the pile,” said Christabell Kota, General Manager: Corporate Affairs
“Metropolitan’s commitment to investing in youth continues to bear fruit and
it is most encouraging to see the standards at the Metropolitan U19 Premier
Cup continue to improve year on year, producing excitement for the fans as
well as revealing the most talented teenagers in the country, a number of
whom will go on to become major stars at senior level,” she added.
Today the action began at 3.30pm with the official opening ceremony expected
at 7.15pm, just prior to the final match of the day, which kicks off at which
will see the Tshwane derby involving SuperSport
United and University of Pretoria at 8.15pm