DAY Two of the 2012 Metropolitan Premier Cup saw the competition get into full swing
with a full programme of matches at Erica Park in Belhar on Thursday. Fans were
treated to an exciting day’s play, full of action and high quality football from the
best under-19s in the country.
Last season’s runners-up, ASD Academy put down a marker for this year, opening their
account with a 5-0 triumph over City Lovers in Group A. In the group’s other
fixture, Orlando Pirates beat Hanover Park, 1-0 to keep in touch with ASD.
In Group B, Stars of Africa Academy, semi-finalists last year, beat University of
Pretoria (Tuks) by a single goal to nil, while the tournament’s host club, Bayhill
United overcame Morgenster United by the same score line.
Moroka Swallows proved too strong for Stellenbosch University (Maties) to the tune
of 3-1, to move to the top of the Group C table ahead of their namesakes from Port
Elizabeth, Swallows and Mr. Price Parkhurst, who drew 1-1.
Meanwhile, in Group D, Durban representatives, Golden Arrows and Cape Town Academy
played out a goalless draw in the group’s only encounter to date.
Group E leaders, Glendene United moved themselves to within a point of qualifying
for the knockout phase after notching up their second successive victory, 2-0 over
Harmony Academy. Mamelodi Sundowns are expected to join them, having accounted for
Junction Rovers 4-0 in their opening match of the tournament.
Mpumalanga Black Aces scored the most impressive victory of Group F, beating Idas
Valley 3-2, while Santos and Phillippi United failed to muster a goal between them
in their clash.
Supersport United produced a master-class against Valhalla United, scoring five
times without reply to set the tone for Group G, leaving Crusaders and the School of
Excellence with a lot to do to keep pace with Matsatsantsa.
In the final fixture of the evening, Ajax Cape Town beat Milano United 1-0 in Group
H to get their 2012 campaign under way.
“It has been a most encouraging start to this year’s event,” said Philip Matlakala,
Metropolitan’s Retail CEO, “and heart-warming to see some of the fruits of
Metropolitan’s investment in youth development at community level manifested in this
Tournament Director, P.J. Williams added, “We are always committed to finding ways
to improve on what has become a successful formula and the turnout from members of
the community and the general public suggests that this will be one of, if not the
best tournaments we have seen over the past 24 years of partnership with
Metropolitan and the Premier Cup.”
Friday evening sees the official opening ceremony of the 2012 Metropolitan Premier
Cup taking place at 18h00 followed by a mouth-watering clash between ASD and Orlando
Pirates. Prior to that, the action begins at 15h30 with nine matches scheduled
during the afternoon.