VALENCIA beat Shinning Stars 5-4 on penalties in the finals of the Motherwell LFA Big Daddy’s- Heineken-Motherwell Build-It Easter tournament which started on Thursday evening and ended at the NU2 Stadium on Monday.
The fulltime score was 0-0.
In the semifinal, defending champions Lion City lost to Valencia in one of the longest penalty shoot-outs on record.
After the teams were tied 0-0 at the end of regulation time the match went into the dreaded penalty shoot-out.
With still no result, the match went into a sudden-death shoot-out. Three sets later Valencia won 16-14.
The second semifinal was settled in regulation time with last year’s runners-up Shinning Stars beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in a hard-fought battle.
All the drama in the semifinals took its toll on the teams and the players battled with fatigue in the final.
With no score, the match went into penalties. For the second consecutive year Stars ended as runners-up when they lost 4-3.
Valencia collected R15000 which is the largest cash prize on offer for amateur teams in the metro. Stars received R13000.
A feature of the event was the elimination of top teams including Real City – who compete in the ABC Motsepe League – and teams from the Safa-NMB SAB League in the early stages of the tournament.
U9 – Young Madrid 1 Shining Stars 0, U11 – Young Ideas 3 (0) Showvillage 2 (0), U13 – Lion City 1 Tomorrow Stars 0, U15 – Camper United 1 Ikamva Movers 0.
Meanwhile, Manchester United won the inaugural VW Polo Uitenhage Soccer Tournament which carried a winner’s purse of R15000 when they beat Westhill United 5-4 on penalties at the Jabavu Stadium on Monday.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. In a first for the metro, two local football associations – KwaNobhule-Despatch (Nodefa) and Langa-Rosedale (Larofa) joined forces to host the tournament. And fittingly teams from each association, Manchester (Nodefa) and Westhill (Larofa) contested the final.
The tournament started last week with 32 teams – 16 from each LFA – competing in eight groups of four in a round robin with the winners of each group advancing to the tournament proper.
On the way to the finals, Manchester beat Nodefa Premier League log leaders Mbabal Young Stars 5-4 on penalties after being tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time. In the second semifinal Westhill beat New City Stars 1-0.
As runners-up Westhill received R7000. In the playoffs for third place Mbabala beat New City 2-0 to pick up the R3500 third prize. New City won R1500.
In addition to trophies and medals, all the teams reaching the semifinal stage received a set of jerseys.
Winners of special awards won R250 each.
Administrator of the tournament: Lulama Mbatha, referee of the tournament: Sibonga Ngxabazi, assistant referee of the tournament: Masixole Bhana, top goal scorers: Mabizela Liyabuyilizwe, Zilindile Nondala, player of the tournament: Vuyolwethu Mpama, goalkeeper of the tournament: Mandilakhe Rebe – Mogan Segadavan