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Saints unable to break their Juventus jinx

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Saints’ Paul Pypers also added to his team’s woes by missing two goal opportunities in the 16th and 23rd minutes

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Roodepan team Juventus arrived at the Colville sports grounds on Sunday to meet arch rivals Saints in a Sol Plaatje Masters Football League match in front of a big and partisan crowd.

Not only was the crowd unusually big for a warmish winter morning but the hosts rocked up at the grounds with an all-new lime green playing kit with accessorised socks, shorts and tops all in one colour.

The match itself produced a 1-0 half-time score in favour the visitors, and things didn’t get better for Saints with the full time score ending at 3-0 for the all-conquering Juventus.

Saints supremo Nana Baadjies has had her dream of ever overcoming her hoodoo club Juventus shattered to smithereens by this latest setback. Both teams fired a hail of test shots towards each other’s goals, but these were capably dealt with in the opening stanza.

Mark Jooste was first to pierce the Saints goal line after intercepting a pass from the right flank where Alton Smith was bustling in duty (1-0). The game picked up tempo as the sides warmed to the occasion.

Saints player Blikkies Taylor was expensive upfront as he wasted a few glaring chances which he should have buried comfortably. Petrus Lynch was a shiner in the Juventus outfit in the middle of the park where he marshalled sweet passes to teammates.

Saints’ Paul Pypers also added to his team’s woes by missing two goal opportunities in the 16th and 23rd minutes.

Meanwhile, Juventus winger Starlin Kock played a beautiful interpassing game with Alton Smith who poked a hole through the Saints net (2-0). In the 72nd minute Smith bagged his brace for Juventus (3-0) and with that quietened the crowds around the pitch where he had first learned to kick a ball.

Kurt McKuur of Juventus said afterwards he was “happy to walk away with the full points against Saints”.

In the day’s second match at the same venue; Colville Masters beat Meteors 4-2. Morris Seekoei scored twice while Milton van Heerden and Julian Plaat each scored for Colville. Dumisani Mzondeki and Itumeleng Mokubung got onto the scoreboard for Meteors.

Giddy van Rooyen