Thrills ahead in new soccer competition

THERE were no surprises in the round-robin stage of the inaugural VW Polo Uitenhage Easter Soccer Tournament over the weekend.

The tournament which carries a purse of R15000, is a first for Safa-NMB.

A total of 32 teams from two local football associations – KwaNobhule-Despatch FA and Langa-Rosedale FA – have been drawn into eight groups of four with the winners in each group advancing to the knockout stage this weekend.

Results: All City Stars 0 Uitenhage Eagles 3, Real Rangers 2, Eleven Stars 1, New City Stars 4 Young Cosmos 4, Stokes United 2 Golden Chiefs 0, Young Culture 1 Highland Spurs B 0, Manchester Babes 3 Flamingo 0, Khayelitsha Stars 1 Despatch Pioneers 0, Cango Chiefs 1 Fearnots 3, Young Brothers 1 Young Pirates 2, Jamaican Stars 0, Kabah United Brothers 0, Chelsea 1 Manchester United 2, Temptations 2 Black Vultures 1, Black Aces 0 Highland Spurs 5,Garden City 0 City Style 1, Young Callies 3 Lion City 2, Mbabala Young Stars 4 Mighty Teenagers 0.

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HOTSPURS go into the Easter recess at the top of the Nafa Premier League after beating a game Shamrocks 2-1 on Saturday. Two goals in the space of six minutes by David Frost and Jason Potgieter helped Blackpool trash Chatty United 4-0.

Dwayne Williams added the third before the break.

A well-placed header by Logun Freeman in the second half completed the rout.

A missed penalty in the first half cost Fairdene dearly in the match against defending champions Glenville.

The newly promoted outfit lost their first match in the senior log when John Barnes scored in the second half.

Results: Ebenezer 1 Bloom Callies 1, Fairview Rovers 0 Park United 1, Fairdene 0 Glenville 1, Helenvale 3 Saints 2, Shamrocks 1 Hotspurs 2, Wolves 3 Stardrift 1, Booysens Pride 0 Westlake 0, Blackpool 4 Chatty 0 – Mogan Segadavan

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