At Erica Park, Belhar in Cape Town
THEY might be not boasting of good facilities like other clubs which participated in the Metropolitan Under-19 Premier Cup, but Berea Albion rose to the occasion when they reached the final match of the competition.
Despite making their second appearance in this competition, the club showed their determination of making their presence felt from day one, winning all their Group B matches which saw them beat Bayhill United 1-0, before they could turn the heat on Stars of Africa and Milano United with 1-0 and 2-1 victories.
As if that was not enough, the Albions went on to eject Masidlale 3-2 in the last 16 to pave their way to the quarter-final stage where they beat the 2010 champions SuperSport United 2-1, and then went on to the semi-finals where they also took the long-time campaigners and two times winners, Santos with a surprise when they condemned them with a 7-6 drubbing in the penalty shootouts in a semi-final match. This was after the two sides struggled for goals in the match which ended in a goalless draw after regulated time.
The Gauteng, Johannesburg-based club will be looking forward to cap their glorious appearance in this competition by lifting the converted silver-ware, but for them to achieve that, they will have to overcome long time campaigners and five times champions, Ajax Cape Town whom they meet in the final match. The final match is scheduled for tomorrow at Erica Park’s field 1 in Belhar, Cape Town at 3pm.
Ajax on the other hand are hungry for success in this tournament which has eluded them for the past four years, and they also desperately need to lay their hands on the shinning silver-ware after having last won it in 2008 when they beat Bloemfontein Celtic 6-0.
Their road to the final, especially in the final was not an easy one after they struggled for a goalless draw against Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-final match before the results were decided by penalty shootouts which saw them win 3-1.