Op­p­i­dan FC out­shine Gold­fields


The Rhodes Uni­ver­sity in­ter­nal soc­cer league en­tered its busi­ness end with the knock­out games last week. The much an­tic­i­pated 'fi­nal-be­fore-the fi­nal' saw the top two sides, Op­p­i­dan Foot­ball Club take on Gold­fields FC on Mon­day 21 Au­gust at Kings field. Op­p­i­dan won 2-0 .

The bat­tle of first (Op­p­i­dan) and se­cond (Gold­fields) in the league was ex­pected to have fire­works as both teams are known to be ruth­less in the last third.

Both teams were in fine form and came to the en­counter with a good string of re­sults– Gold­fields had pre­vi­ously beaten the strug­gling spurs 12-0 and Op­p­i­dan won all their five fix­tures with­out con­ced­ing a sin­gle goal.

The match started with Gold­fields suf­fo­cat­ing the Op­p­i­dan de­fence but with no real threat to the Oppi goal­keeper, while the Op­p­i­dans re­lieved pres­sure by play­ing on the break, in­clud­ing once when they had a penalty claim dis­missed by the ref­eree af­ter a cross vol­ley hit both arms of the Gold­fields de­fender.

Gold­fields came clos­est to scor­ing first when a short cor­ner was played from the right of the keeper, with what was in­tended to be a cross, al­most snuck past the keeper, who was alert enough to tip the ball over the bar. The score at half­time 0-0. Both teams made sub­sti­tu­tions which proved to be in­stru­men­tal, with Oppi not hold­ing back any­more. Dur­ing a scram­ble in the box, their striker ri­fled a snap­shot to the keeper’s left, leav­ing him rooted to the ground.

The con­test was still very tight, how­ever, and Gold­fields’ sub­sti­tute car­ried the ball from the cen­tre half to beat four play­ers but was stopped in his charges by the Oppi goal­keeper who stuck out his left leg to block a ball with 'goal' writ­ten all over it. The keeper was called into ac­tion on two more oc­ca­sions and was up to the task.

Af­ter mak­ing a save with his right foot, the ball rolled on to the path of an Oppi player who played a cross-field pass to find a winger who passed two play­ers be­fore neatly putting it away into the bot­tom­right cor­ner.

It was now 2-0 to Oppi and when the full-time whis­tle blew, it was cel­e­bra­tions and de­spair for the re­spec­tive teams.

Other re­sults in­clude Kings FC 4-0 Spurs; Fan­tas­tic 11 2-1 Ban­ter FC; while Cory FC and Adam­son FC win­ning 3-0 each af­ter Phoenix FC and De Beers FC for­feited their matches when they didn't pitch up. Rhodes Staff beat Hill­top FC 1-0.

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