Feast of foot­ball ac­tion at Brei­d­bach’s Good­will Games

Go! & Express - - Go! In King - DESMOND COET­ZEE

A CAR­NI­VAL at­mos­phere filled Brei­d­bach Sports Grounds for the fifth an­nual Good­will Games held be­tween the Brei­d­bach Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and EL Cen­tral at the week­end.

The com­mu­nity came in their hun­dreds to watch a feast of foot­ball ac­tion pro­duced by the two pow­er­house as­so­ci­a­tions as they com­peted in var­i­ous cat­e­gories from un­der-10, U12, U14, U16, U18 and se­niors up to the over-35s.

Brei­d­bach only man­aged to se­cure wins in the over-35s and se­nior sec­tions and the two teams shared the spoils in the U10 cat­e­gory.

Win­ning this edi­tion means EL Cen­tral FA (ELCFA) has kept an un­beaten record since the in­cep­tion of the games.

The Good­will Games came into be­ing to strengthen the good re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two bodies – Brei­d­bach Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and ELCFA – and to pro­vide play­ers with a plat­form to com­pete against some of the re­gion’s best op­po­nents.

Two Brei­d­bach U8 sides opened the ac­tion-packed day. This was fol­lowed by the U14s game which saw EL Cen­tral win 2-0, fol­lowed by their U12s win­ning 3-0.

The U16 game saw EL Cen­tral mak­ing their in­ten­tions clear from the on­set to emerge 5-2 win­ners fol­lowed by the U10s which ended in a goal­less draw.

Brei­d­bach over-35s re­stored the pride, win­ning their en­counter 3-2, but EL Cen­tral bounced back when their U18s beat Brei­d­bach 2-0.

The se­niors en­counter got the lo­cal sup­port­ers on their feet as Brei­d­bach took the game to their op­po­nents’ ter­ri­tory but failed to find the tar­get.

Their op­po­nents found their rhythm, car­ried the ball to Brei­d­bach’s box and shot but found a well-placed Raylin Bramwell, who made a save with ease.

Both teams wasted a few more chances to score, end­ing the first half goal­less.

The sec­ond half saw the home side make some changes with Ne­juan Thomp­son and vet­eran Ash­ley New­ton com­ing off the bench. The changes seemed to work as both found the back of the nets.

That was the end of the scor­ing, with Brei­d­bach win­ning 2-0.

EL Cen­tral gen­eral man­ager Vuyo Zam­bodla com­mended the two as­so­ci­a­tions for the qual­ity of foot­ball pro­duced and wished them both well with the up­com­ing In­ter-LFA (Lo­cal Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) tour­na­ment to be hosted in Port El­iz­a­beth next month.

EL Cen­tral also brought two tro­phies – one go­ing to EL Cen­tral U14 goal­keeper Cameron Wit­booi for player of the tour­na­ment and the other for Brei­d­bach’s U10 side.

Pic­ture: DESMOND COET­ZEE

FOR GOOD­WILL’S SAKE: Brei­d­bach Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion deputy chair­man Ber­nito Gosling, left, and EL Cen­tral rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dar­ion Hen­dricks hand the win­ning tro­phy to EL Cen­tral tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Jerome Kroutz, cen­tre. EL Cen­tral were over­all win­ners of the an­nual Good­will Games in Brei­d­bach at the week­end

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