“I am happy with the points we picked up. This was no walkover for us.”
Northern Cape Celtic Football Club’s hard labour against “The Friends” aka Burning Leaves in a Sol Plaatje Local Football Association league match in the Katanga area paid off handsomely when they walked off 2-1 winners of this derby encounter on Saturday afternoon.
Burning Leaves led 1-0 at the halfway mark after the match started at a blistering pace with robust tackles flying in from both sides. “The Friends” were first to find the goalposts through Kelvin Katz. Celtics used this setback as fuel to launch a vigorous counter-attack in a frantic bid to level the score.
The referee, it must be said, seemed to be out of his depth at times with him serving up some glaringly dodgy decisions.
In the second stanza both sides made telling changes to their line-ups. The changes Celtics effected soon paid off as they levelled the score 1-1 almost within minutes of the restart. Barchen Ndenkuni found the net from among a cluster of markers. Some way into the half Celtics got lucky again and increased their tally to 2-1 and for some time enjoyed that lead. This time, Neo Bogacwi was Celtic’s fortunate goal provider.
Later on, tempers started to flare as players tended to act as though they were in a boxing ring as the frustration of trying to break through the stubborn defences at both ends exacted its toll on the nerves. It came as no surprise then that Celtics pointsman Leon Snyders and Burning Leaves player Damon Kruger each earned their marching orders for unsporting behaviour from the referee.
After the match, the winning coach Malcolm Pailman was humble in victory “I am happy with the points we picked up. This was no walkover for us.”
Burning Leaves coach Riaan Kujane was more philosophic. “It was a normal soccer match at the end of the day for us despite our loss,” he said.
In another match, Galeshewe United “buried” Burning Leaves 4-0 in another Sol Plaatje LFA match at the astroturf on Sunday morning. Kevin Mpangiso, Lebogang Jacobs, Kabelo Mojanaga and Letlhogonolo Majoro all got points on the board for United.
Meteors 2-0 Santanna; Diamond Footballers 2-2 Wilscott; Sol Plaatje University 2-0 Santanna
Results round-up from the
Sol Plaatje Masters League are:
Aztec 3-1 Naughty Boys; Crusaders 4-1 Roodepan; Young Pirates 6-3 DA Milan; Meteors 3-7 Phutanang; Pescodia 7-1 Spears; Sunshine 2-1 Masokolara; Diamond Boys 4-2 Batlhaping
Tigers 1-1 Black Vultures; Juventus 5-1 Greenpoint; SAPS 4-1 Greenpoint; Macarena 3-0 Five
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