It was another action packed day of football in Richards Bay today in the Premiers Cup, with two semi finals and a final on the cards.
The day started off with Royal Eagles meeting Real Kings in the first semi final of the day. Royal Eagles, who had been drawn into an automatic semi-final game had a tough start to the day as Kings did all they could to unsettle the 2016 champions. After full time, the sides had drawn 1-all and went into a penalty shootout to determine a winner. The keepers from both sides put themselves on the line and after the alloted penaly shots the sides were still drawn, taking the game into sudden death.
It was Royal Eagles who eventually came out victors in a 9-8 win over Kings.
We then played Uthongathi in the second semi final at 12pm, and the team pulled together and played a solid performance against the team from Tongaat. We scored off the boot of Jooste just before he was subbed off. A solid performance was given from the team and Fikizolo secured the win in stoppage time as he found the back of the net for our second goal, seeing us throught to the final.
The final game kicked off at 3pm against Royal Eagles. A tough first half ensued with both sides fighting to make the initial breakthrough in the game. It was Royal Eagles however who took the lead off a free kick, taken by Makgothi who beat the wall and Gumede. The boys fought back to try and equalise before the break but failed to find the gap.
We came back fighting in the second half, and the team seemed to consolidate and make more calculated plays. This paid off for us when we equalised off a header from Mgwaba, but it was just not enough for the win in the alloted full time and the game went to penalties to decide the final.
Royal Eagles had anticipated the penalty shoot out and subbed their keeper in the last minute of optional time in the thought of putting fresh hands in the net.
This paid off for them as they eventually won 3-0 on penalties to retain their status as Premier Cup champions.
We would like to thank all our support who were in Richards Bay as well as the Premier and his team for another successful event in 2017.