Vic­tors pip ri­vals Mighty For­est 4-3 from penalty spot

Talk of the Town - - Sport - TK MTIKI

COS­MOS FC pre­vailed 4-3 on penal­ties in a tense final of a mini-tour­na­ment against Mighty For­est last week­end as the two Ne­mato sides bat­tled it out for the tro­phy. In a tense battle, the teams ended 1-1 af­ter 90-min­utes of reg­u­la­tion time. They pro­ceeded to a penalty shootout where Cos­mos FC just man­aged to pip their ri­vals 4-3. Eight teams took part in the tour­na­ment. The final was jam-packed with en­ergy and in­ten­sity, with both teams ap­pear­ing evenly-matched.

The first 10 min­utes of the final pro­vided fire­works and, it was clear that both teams were de­ter­mined to win. Mighty For­est seemed to be the bet­ter team through­out, net­ting their goal in the 60th minute of the sec­ond half.

They bossed the park with slick short passes that threw their op­po­nents off their game.

Al­though they dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion be­cause of their short pass­ing game, they strug­gled to pen­e­trate a dis­ci­plined Cos­mos FC de­fence.

A clear in­di­ca­tion of this, was the fact that they did not cre­ate many scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, with only two clear chances on tar­get over the en­tire 90 min­utes, with Cos­mos FC goal­keeper, Mh­langovuyo Jiki, pulling off what can only be called “su­per­hero” saves from those at­tempts..

Cos­mos FC stuck to its game-plan, play­ing route one foot­ball, send­ing long balls into the air for most of the 90 min­utes. That game-plan was cen­tred around two strik­ers up front, that ul­ti­mately paid off, when they net­ted the equaliser – via the penalty spot – just two min­utes from the end. A long ball was played from the cen­tre of the field straight to the striker who was tripped in­side the 18-yard box, deny­ing the at­tacker a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity. The ref­eree did not hes­i­tate to point to the penalty spot.

Simisikhaya Mlamla stepped up to bury the ball in the back of the net. This must have been a bit­ter pill for For­est to swal­low, con­sid­er­ing that the goal came in the dy­ing em­bers of the game.

The fi­nal­ists then pro­ceeded to the penalty shootout where it ended with cap­tain tak­ing on cap­tain in the Cos­mos FC net. The Mighty For­est cap­tain’s first kick was saved by Cos­mos FC’s cap­tain Jiki. He saved an­other, thus win­ning the game for Cos­mos.

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

WIN­NERS ALL THE WAY: Cos­mos Foot­ball Club con­quered all their ri­vals to win the final of a foot­ball mini tour­na­ment against Mighty For­est 4-3 on penal­ties, in Ne­mato last week­end. Cos­mos walked away with a R1,600 cash prize, while the run­ner-up...

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