Day 3 of the Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup

The Western Cape local government gave the Metropolitan U-19 Premier Cup a massive stamp of approval with the announcement at the opening ceremony of the 26th edition of the tournament that they will be sponsoring an all-star team of locally based players to compete in an international tournament in China later this year.

Ivan Mayor, MEC for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, praised Metropolitan for their long-standing commitment to development of football at youth level and expressed his admiration for the fantastic vibe that surrounds this annual occasion.

“Nowhere is the passion for the beautiful more genuine than here in the Western Cape and the Metropolitan U-19 Premier Cup enables young footballers to realise their potential both as players and young adults,” he said. “The tremendous turnout of support is a shining example of the community spirit that gives us our unique identity and we have decided to reward this endeavour by sending the best local players from this tournament to represent our people in China.”

Spectacular fireworks lit up the skies over the Cape Flats as the ceremony to mark the official opening of the 26th Metropolitan U-19 Premier Cup reached its climax at Erica Park in Belhar on Friday evening. The 31 competing squads did a march around the field, singing their team songs, to non-stop cheering from the 7000-plus spectators crammed into the venue. Then, a local dance troupe, soccer tricksters and fire-dancers warmed them up for the main attraction, SA’s Got Talent winner, Morgan the human beatbox, who did not disappoint as he rocked the crowd with his mesmerising ability to produce different sounds with nothing but his vocal chords.

“It is most inspiring to see how well-supported the tournament has been so far. The atmosphere at the opening ceremony was nothing short of electric and it bodes well for the remaining three days,” said Metropolitan brand executive, Belinda Faulkner.

The ceremony was followed by a local derby between Ajax Cape Town and ASD Academy, two of the sides fancied to go challenge for honours in this year’s event. The match produced end-to-end action but the well-drilled defences proved too organised to concede and the match finished goalless.

The match preceding the opening ceremony had already brought the atmosphere inside Erica Park close to fever pitch as scores of supporters crammed in to watch local heroes Milano United hold the mighty Kaizer Chiefs, whose large following certainly made their presence felt, to a 0-0 draw.

Play commenced at 14h00 as the teams completed their second round of matches in the group phase. Notable performances on Day 3 came from Harmony Academy, who beat Caledonians 4-1 in Group C, while Hellenic registered another impressive victory on their long-awaited return to the tournament, this time 3-0 over Morgenster United. Senoane Gunners and Bellstar United produced a goal-fest, sharing eight goals in a 4-4 draw.

The final set of group fixtures will be played between 09h00 and 12h45 on Saturday, with the round of 16 knockout phase to be decided later between 15h30 and 20h00.

The tournament now has 31 teams participating due to Gallant Academy, a team from Kenya who unfortunately were unable to attend because of logistical issue.

Results:

Group A

Beau West City 0-2 ASD Academy

School of Excellence 0-1 Ajax Cape Town

Beau West City 2-2 School of Excellence

Ajax Cape Town 0-0 ASD Academy

Group B

Bayhill Utd 0-1 Masidlale

Glendene Utd 2-0 Harmony Academy

Caledonians 1-1 Bayhill Utd

Harmony Academy 4-1 Caledonians

Group C

Bidvest Wits 4-1 Senoane Gunners

Bellstar Utd 1-2 Amazulu

Bidvest Wits 0-0 Amazulu

Senoane Gunners 4-4 Bellstar Utd

Group D

Blue Down Spurs 0-1 Berea Albion

Supersport Utd 1-0 Ethekwini Academy

Ethekwini Academy 1-0 Blue Down Spurs

Supersport Utd 0-0 Berea Albion

Group E

Old Mutual Academy 2-1 Robinvale Spurs

Robinvale Spurs 0-0 Vasco da Gama

Tuks 1-3 Old Mutual Academy

Vasco Da Gama 1-0 Tuks

Group F

Morgenster Utd 0-2 Santos Academy

Table View 0-4 Hellenic

Santos Academy 1-1 Table View

Hellenic 3-0 Morgenster Utd

Group G

Beacon Spurs 0-1 Masidlale

Masidlale 0-1 Milano Utd

Kaizer Chiefs 4-0 Beacon Spurs

Milano Utd 0-0 Kaizer Chiefs