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Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup: Santos bow out of Bayhill
Santos bowed out of the 2014 Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup with a narrow 1-0 loss to Glendene United in the Mid-Section semi-finals on Sunday...
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Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup: Gester reflects on loss, gears up for Glendene
Having watched his side go toe-to-toe with Ajax Cape Town, Coach Ayyoob Gester says Santos have a bright future, despite missing out on a place in the 2014 Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup semi-finals. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw with penalties needed to separate the historical Cape rivals, where the Urban Warriors emerged as 4-3 winners. And while Ajax will now go on to contest for a place in the final against ASD Cape Town, the People's Team face Glendene United in the mid-section semis, at 16h45. After their clash with Ajax, Gester told thepeoplesteam.co.za: "Penalties can go anyway; it's a flip of the coin really. "We had two opportunities to win the game though with Ajax missing two of their spot-kicks but we also had to kicks saved. "And in the end Ajax took their opportunity - that's penalties for you!" He added: "I think to be honest with you we only got stronger as the tournament went on. OK, we had a few injuries that threw us out but that's a tournament, and you always get injuries. You have to live with it and reshape your team." He concluded: "But again I can say we did ourselves proud, we've got a bright future, and quite a few of our boys will be here next year so we can only get better." Gester tipped Mamelodi Sundowns to go on and claim the ultimate prize while also paying credit to Ajax, who have performed excellently throughout. "Sundowns look very strong, they look like favourites. I didn't much of ASD while Ajax are technically very good. "And also their tactical behaviour on and off the ball - they play to a certain style which they stick to and they force the teams to play to their way of playing." By Trevor Kramer
Apr 20th, 2014 - 16:26
Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup: Santos eliminated on penalties
Santos saw their Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup dreams dashed as they lost 4-3 on penalties to Ajax Cape Town in their quarter-final clash played on Sunday morning. The match had ended 1-1 after extra-time where a 26th minute Fagrie Lakay strike was cancelled out by a Charlton Basson header just three minutes later. And the lottery of penalties came into effect to see who would face ASD Cape Town in the second semi-final, after the sides could not be separated in extra-time. Ajax started the match strongly and had and effort on target inside the first minute but Robin-Lee Petersen made a comfortable save from Justin Jacobus' effort. Basson then headed wide at the back post after latching onto a Keethan Claasen free-kick as Masilake Phohlongo did well to head clear an Iqraam Rayners free-kick from the left-hand side. Dillain Fransch had the ball in the back of the net on nine minutes but the goal didn't stand after he was adjudged to have been in an offside position. Emiko Blouw fired just over from a Dean Kowalski free-kick as Santos looked to impose themselves on the game midway through the first half. And after a better spell of possession, the Lansdowne-based side took the lead as Lakay out-muscled and out-paced his marker after picking up a Mbulelo Mathiso pass to power through and smash home past a despairing Jody February in the Ajax goal. The Urban Warriors were, however, soon back on level terms as Basson headed home from close range from a Jacobus corner from the left. February then denied Lakay from scoring a carbon-copy of the opening goal when he came off his line expertly to keep out a driven effort for the last piece of action in the first half. Rayners hit the side netting from a free-kick at the start of the second period as Ajax's Fransch headed just wide from a Yagan Sasman delivery. Lakay came close to adding a second with a curled free-kick from 20 yards that February did well to turn around his post before Petersen pulled off a similar feat when Fransch let rip from a central position. A scramble in the box then led to a red card apiece for Santos and Ajax as Phumlani Mchunu and Ziyaad Eksteen were dismissed for their part in a scuffle as Ajax tried to force the ball over the line following a whipped in free-kick. Sasman fired a shot wide at the start of the first-half of extra-time as Jacobus saw a similarly well-hit effort float narrowly passed the left-hand post midway through the second period. And Ajax may have won the tie in the dying seconds but Olwethu Nguye couldn't keep his follow-up shot on target after Petersen had denied Jacobus from a meter out. The Urban Warriors were first up to the spot with Anthony Gordinho burying his penalty before Lakay powered his shot home. Petersen made a superb save to deny Cheslon Carollisen but February kept out Rayners' spot kick to keep the scores level. Jacobus and Mpalala both buried their kicks but Ajax's Eathon Swartz blasted his effort well over the crossbar. Eric Diergaardt gave Santos the advantage with his successful kick with Curtly Poole keeping his side on the tie when he found the top-right corner. But Wade Williams wasted the chance to hand Santos a place in the semis when his shot was well saved by the outstretched arm of February to send the tie into sudden-death. And when Rivaldo Coetzee buried his kick into the bottom left-corner of the net, it was down to Matthew Okkers to keep Santos in the tie. But as it was, the substitute smashed his shot against the right upright to hand Ajax the win and a semi-final tie with ASD. Santos will now face Glendene United in the mid-section semi-finals at 16h45 on Field C. Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup Results - Sunday 20 April 2014 Winners Quarter-Finals Sundowns 1-0 Hellenic Bidvest Wits 1-3 ASD Cape Town Ajax Cape Town 1-1 (4-3) Santos Glendene 1-2 Old Mutual Academy Plate Quarter-Finals Beau West City 1-0 Bishop Lavis Harmony Academy 3-0 Masidlale Senaone Gunners 3-0 Table View Ethekwini Academy 1-1 (4-2) University of Pretoria By Trevor Kramer
Apr 20th, 2014 - 13:48
Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup: Gester ecstatic, ready for Ajax
Santos Coach Ayyoob Gester was ecstatic with his side's narrow 1-0 win over Milano United in their Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup Last 16 clash on Saturday night. A late goal from Phiwokhule Mpalala secured the win and set up a quarter-final clash with Ajax Cape Town, on Sunday morning, kick-off 11:30am. After the game, Gester told thepeoplesteam.co.za: "I feel ecstatic. "I knew all along it was going to be a tough game. "It was derby which makes it even tenser. "I also knew one goal would win it." Gester added that the difference between this performance and the previous 2-1 loss to Hellenic in their last Group F match was commitment. He explained: "There was more commitment than ability from the boys in this game, that was the only difference. "And at least we took one of our opportunities that came our way." Looking ahead to the Ajax encounter, Gester concluded: "It's another derby and it doesn’t get better than this, so we are looking forward to it." "We'll soak in this victory, dust ourselves down and get ourselves ready for another exciting tie tomorrow morning." By Trevor Kramer
Apr 20th, 2014 - 11:18
Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup: Quarter-Final Fixtures
Santos will play Ajax Cape Town at 11h30 on Sunday morning in the quarter-finals of the Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup after defeating Milano United 1-0 in the Last 16 on Saturday evening. All of the quarter-final match-ups are as follows: Winners Quarter-Finals 11h30 Sundowns v Hellenic 11h30 Bidvest Wits v ASD Cape Town 11h30 Ajax Cape Town v Santos 11h30 Glendene v Old Mutual Academy Plate Quarter-Finals 10h00 Beau West City v Bishop Lavis 10h00 Harmony Academy v Masidlale 10h00 Senaone Gunners v Table View 10h00 Ethekwini Academy v University of Pretoria
Apr 19th, 2014 - 20:56
Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup: Santos through to the quarter-finals
Santos secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 win over rivals Milano United on Saturday evening. Phiwokhule Mpalala netted the only goal of the game in the dying minutes to set up a Last Eight tie with Ajax Cape Town at 11h30 after the draw was made earlier in the day. Eezy My Kinnes started the stronger of the sides and were making all the running in the opening exchanges. The first real chance of the match arrives on eight minutes though as Monray Van Niekerk fluffed his shot from a central position after being set up with a good cross from the left. Cameron Fortuin then did well to block a goal-bound shot from Daniel Sekimamba after the Milano player was set on his way by and excellent ball over the top from Van Niekerk. Iqraam Rayners fired a shot just over the right-hand post with the keeper scrambling before being crowded out on the edge of the box having picked up the ball from a low Fagrie Lakay cross, who has stormed down the left wing. And Phumlani Mchunu made sure the sides went into the half-time break level-pegging when he made a superb tackle to stop Kyle Segers from having a clear sight of goal. Rayners headed just wide of the right-hand upright from a Mbulelo Mathiso cross from the right at the start of the second period before Milano stopper Gavin Saayman made an excellent save to his right to deny Lakay with 38 minutes played. And Saayman would have breathed a sigh of relief to get all 10 fingers on the ball following a scramble in the box that saw Ethan Sedick try the spectacular with a bicycle kick. Dean Kowalski forced another epic save from Saayman from his 43rd minute free-kick from the right before Santos keeper Robin-Lee Petersen made amends from giving the ball away with a save to deny Ricardo Williams from finding the top right corner of the net. Milano then saw themselves reduced to ten men as Kyle Segers picked up a second yellow card, handing Santos the momentum in the dying minutes of the match. And they were duly rewarded for their efforts when Mpalala slotted home at the back post after arriving late to a low Lakay cross. Santos will now play Ajax Cape Town on Sunday morning in another not to be missed match at 11h30. By Trevor Kramer
Apr 19th, 2014 - 20:13
Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup: 'Our class should see us progress'
Santos Assistant Coach Keith America feels their Last 16 match-up with Milano will be a physical encounter that they can overcome with tactical discipline. While Santos beat Morgenster United 2-0, drew 1-1 with Table View and l ost 2-1 to Hellenic in Group F, Eezy My Kinnes virtually cruised through the group phase with a 1-0 victory over Masidlale, a 2-0 win over Beacon Spurs and a 0-0 draw with Kaizer chiefs. The local rivals meet in a do-or-die encounter at 6:30 this evening, Saturday 19 April 2014 and Coach America feels if Santos apply themselves they will come out on top and qualify for the quarter-finals. He told thepeoplesteam.co.za: "It's going to be a very physical encounter with both teams not willing to give each other an inch! "But if we take our chances then we should get through this match." He added: "Our players must learn to keep their discipline defensively and get numbers going on offense. "Cape derbies are always tooth and nail but our class should see us through." Head Coach Ayyoob Gester added: "It's a derby so it will be tough. "There are a lot of former Santos players in the Milano side so it won't be easy as they will have a point to prove." He added: "It will depend a lot on the commitment of the players, not only their ability but in their belief as well. "We will look to hit them with quick counter-attacking football and punish them on the back-foot." This match will take place on the A Field at Erica Park at 6:30pm. By Trevor Kramer
Apr 19th, 2014 - 16:58
Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup: Santos face Milano in Last 16
Santos will face Milano United in the Last 16 of the Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup at Erica Park today, Saturday at 6:30pm. The People's Team finished second in Group F behind Hellenic following a 2-0 win over Morgenster, a 1-1 draw with Table View and a 2-1 loss to Hellenic. And with Milano finishing top of Group G above Kaizer Chiefs, it means we can now look forward to a pulsating derby with our local neighbours. Below are the Winners Section Last 16 finalists: 15h30 ASD Cape Town v Berea Albion 15h30 Glendene United v AmaZulu 15h30 Bidvest Wits v Bayhill United 17h00 SuperSport United v Ajax Cape Town 17h00 Old Mutual Academy v Saints FC 17h00 Hellenic v Kaizer Chiefs 18h30 Milano United v Santos Academy 20h00 Mamelodi Sundowns v Vasco Da Gama All the Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup Scores from Saturday 19 April 2014 Bidvest Wits 3-0 Bellstar United Amazulu 1-1 Senaone Gunners Berea Albion 1-0 Ethekwini Academy Blue Down Spurs 0-1 Supersport United Glendene United 0-0 Caledonians Harmony Academy 0-0 Bay Hill United Ajax Cape Town 1-1 Beau West City School of Excellence 2-3 ASD Cape Town Hellenic 2-1 Santos Academy Univ. Pretoria 4-1 Robinvale Spurs Vasco Da Gama 0-3 Old Mutual Academy Table View 1-0 Morgenster United Masidlale 0-0 Kaizer Chiefs Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Saints Beacon Spurs 0-2 Milano United
Apr 19th, 2014 - 14:57
Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup: America eyes Last 16 improvment
Keith America says his side failed to take their chances as they lost 2-1 to Hellenic in their last Group F match at the Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup. The People's Team got their campaign off to a good start with a 2-0 victory over Morgenster United but were then held to a 1-1 draw with newbies. And the side suffered their first defeat of the competition when they went down to a spirited Greek Gods side on Saturday morning. Despite the result, Santos still managed to qualify for the knock-out stages, on goal difference, where they will face Milano United today, Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 6:30pm. After the match, a disappointed America told thepeoplesteam.co.za: "We didn't do too badly, it's just that we just are not taking our chances and that's killing us at the end of the day. "You have to be prepared to kill off any team that comes your way. "It was a much better performance but it seems like we are not playing the teams, instead we are playing the names - so we will expect an even better performance when we play Milano." He added: "This result doesn't really affect us but at the end of the day we are getting punished because of our tactical indiscipline, hence we get punished." Santos have suffered from a mini-injury crisis during the tournament with a number of key players picking up knocks, but America says that is no excuse when playing tournament football. "The injuries are not really a factor although we do miss those players that are out. "But there are good enough players on the bench to come on to do a job for us. "We will put this game behind us now, have a rest and make sure we are ready to face Milano this evening." By Trevor Kramer
Apr 19th, 2014 - 14:33
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Chippa United 26 20 54
2 Black Leopards 27 15 44
3 Milano United 27 12 43
4 Baroka FC 27 8 43
5 Jomo Cosmos 27 8 42
6 United FC 27 15 41
7 Vasco Da Gama 27 2 41
8 Santos FC 27 5 40
9 African Warriors 27 2 38
10 FC Cape Town 27 -4 34
11 Witbank Spurs FC 26 -6 33
12 Thanda Royal Zulu 27 -9 33
13 Sivutsa Stars 27 -7 32
14 Maluti College 27 -15 26
15 Roses United 27 -21 18
16 Blackburn Rovers 27 -25 15
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Apr 27th, 2014 - 15:00
Witbank Spurs FC
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May 4th, 2014 - 15:00
Chippa United
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May 11th, 2014 - 15:00
Blackburn Rovers
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Results
Sep 14th, 2013 - 15:00
Thanda Royal Zulu
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After unfortunately missing a penalty in the sixth minute, Santos managed to still put one in the net, courtesy of Greg Roelf, to register their first three points of the new NFD season.
Notoane reflects on Thanda victory
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Sep 18th, 2013 - 15:00
Vasco Da Gama
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Santos were held to a 0-0 draw against local rivals Vasco Da Gama in a rearranged National First Division match at the Grassy Park Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Santos held in Cape derby
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Sep 28th, 2013 - 15:00
Maluti College
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This fixture will be broadcast on SABC 1, with a kick-off time of 15h00. Tune in and get behind The Peoples' Team as they go in search of a second victory.
The People's Team held by Maluti
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Oct 4th, 2013 - 19:30
Black Leopards
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Santos held by Leopards
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Oct 20th, 2013 - 15:30
United FC
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Notoane praises resilient Santos
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Oct 23rd, 2013 - 19:30
Sivutsa Stars
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Allie slams home late winner
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Oct 26th, 2013 - 19:30
Milano United
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Santos held by Milano
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Nov 3rd, 2013 - 15:30
FC Cape Town
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Santos too strong for African Beasts
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Nov 8th, 2013 - 19:30
Jomo Cosmos
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The People's Team share the spoils with Ezenkosi
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Nov 23rd, 2013 - 15:30
Roses United
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Allie sends Roses packing!
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Nov 27th, 2013 - 19:30
African Warriors
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Santos make it two wins on the trot
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Nov 30th, 2013 - 15:30
Baroka FC
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Santos suffer last-gasp defeat
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Dec 7th, 2013 - 19:30
Witbank Spurs FC
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Santos suffer late heart-break at home to Spurs
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Dec 18th, 2013 - 19:30
Chippa United
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Santos cruise into Nedbank Cup last 32
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Dec 21st, 2013 - 18:00
Blackburn Rovers
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Santos held by Rovers in PE
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