Thornes run out of steam as Bafana go through

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

BAFANA Bafana moved into the sec­ond round of the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy af­ter nar­rowly beat­ing a re­silient Glen­thorne Masters side 3-1.

A Seth Green ef­fort fol­lowed by a won­der strike from Alex Waiman and Theo Bard helped the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion side through.

The vet­er­ans, who lie sec­ond in League One of the Masters ta­ble, were clearly up for the chal­lenge and al­most took a shock lead af­ter 20 min­utes as Stu­art Block curled a free kick inches over. Bafana’s Mark Gishen had the ball in the Glen­thorne net, but the goal was ruled out for off­side.

The vis­i­tors were not to be de­nied and went ahead three min­utes be­fore the break. Seth Green sneaked into the box be­fore blast­ing home from 10 yards.

The lead lasted just two min­utes as the Thornes, who have an av­er­age age of 45, came roar­ing back to shock a Bafana side 20 years their ju­nior.

Greg Mor­ris played a key role in the equaliser. His driven cen­tre was ri­fled into the bot­tom cor­ner by Andy Block.

Mor­ris should have put the Thornes ahead just af­ter the hour mark. Find­ing him­self through on goal his ef- fort was kept out by a fine save from Bafana keeper Si­mon Davies. The hosts came even closer to tak­ing the lead from the re­sult­ing cor­ner as a Neil Richards’ header was cleared off the line.

De­spite the pres­sure posed by the vet­er­ans, Bafana’s Alex Waiman pro­duced an un­stop­pable 40-yard scorcher which nes­tled into the top cor­ner.

Theo Bard put the re­sult be­yond doubt, slot­ting home on the edge of the area.

Bafana player-man­ager Adam Lawrence told JC Sport: “We must give Glen­thorne plenty of credit. It was not a clas­sic per­for­mance but be­ing a cup com­pe­ti­tion, the re­sult is the only thing that mat­ters and we are re­lieved to go through.”

Proud Glen­thorne boss Sid Shaw said: “I thought we played ex­cel­lently even bear­ing in mind our age. We gave a great ac­count of our­selves.”

Strikes from brothers Lloyd and Rus­sell Becker lifted a resur­gent South­gate Har­men A into third spot in JC MSFL Di­vi­sion One fol­low­ing a 20 vic­tory over Cam­den Park.

Steve Faye, Frank Praver­man, Paul Allen and Richard Delow helped Brix­ton Old Boys ease their Di­vi­sion Two rel­e­ga­tion fears with a thump­ing 4-0 suc­cess against Tem­ple For­tune.

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