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Colville Utd’s late strike sinks Pescod

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Just six minutes after the change in referees Colville’s Delano Abrahams shot them into the lead (1-0)

Picture: Xinhua/Han Yan

Colville United FC had to dig deep on Saturday afternoon to shake William Pescod Athletic in an ABC Motsepe League game, but United eventually secured a 1-0 victory.

Neither team could hit the back of the net in the first half, and by half-time it was still 0-0. Judging from the supporters the match was anything but dull with an appreciative crowd following and cheering every bit of action on the field. After the game Colville coach Don “MaGold” Davis said that he was happy with the win in a match where the sportsmanship was a feature.

“The game was played in good spirits and I am happy to collect the three points available. This is a perfect gift from my players,” he said.

Veteran William Pescod coach Victor Mathane was disappointed with the result. “A silly mistake by the players cost us dearly. We could easily have won this game,” he lamented.

The game itself started at a high tempo from the kick-off, with Delano Abrahams and his teammates Riaan and Austen Jooste busily probing and testing the limits of the Pescod defence.

Pescod goalkeeper Shuabe Lesoetsa had a torrid time between the sticks as he was made to hustle in the posts in a bid to help his side keep a clean slate.

Pescod players Dean Williams and Leon Snyders, a former Colville United player, themselves struggled a lot to get their scoring boots to shoot straight; yet despite both teams’ efforts the first half ended without the scorers being bothered.

There was a bit of drama in the 54th minute when match referee John Landela had to hand over his whistle, complaining of “muscle complications”.

The assistant referee, Nkululeko Siyeye, who had been covering the touchline had to take over for the remainder of the game.

Just six minutes after the change in referees Colville’s Delano Abrahams shot them into the lead (1-0).

The build-up to this goal was a beauty to behold; an unmarked Abrahams received a pass from Riaan Jooste, and upon receiving the pass, he outran a belated marking attempt and let loose a thunderbolt which bulged the back of the Pescod the net.

Abrahams’ mother was in the crowd and did a little celebratory jiggle on the sidelines to complement her son’s on-pitch antics.

In fact the party had only started, because when the full-time whistle blew the Colville faithful erupted in celebration.

Other weekend scores were:

Kuruman Kicks 4-3 Olifantshoek Young Stars

United Rovers 1-0 NC Liverpool

Young Stars were awarded the points when Greenpoint Pirates forfeited the match.

Giddy van Rooyen