Fish Hoek juniors impress at finals

Fish Hoek's Robin Terry and Ajax Cape Town's Dyllan Ruiters are locked in a tussle for the ball during Saturday's under-17 knockout final.

The day-long event saw 24 teams, from under-12 to under-17, locking horns in 24 finals. And, Fish Hoek proved to be one of the most successful on the day, taking part in five finals, winning three and losing two.

Both defeats came against their rivals from the northern suburbs, Ajax Cape Town.

Fish Hoek’s strikers had their scoring boots on, finding the back of the net 10 times. They conceded seven goals in the process.

First to take to the field was their under-12 Super League side who took on a well organised Hellenic, also from the northern suburbs. The side in yellow were made to sweat by the hard working Hellenic players but, in the end, were deserved 2-1 winners.

Up next was their under-12 Division 1 side, who came up against Norway Parks. The pressure was on this side to repeat the feat achieved by the Super League team.

To their credit, the side didn’t allow the pressure to affect their play as they effectively went about their business. They proved too good for the Norway Parks side, outplaying them in all departments to record a 4-1 win.

With two victories in two matches it was now up to the under-15 Super League team to continue the trend. It was, however, not going to be easy as they came up against an equally impressive Ajax side in their final.

Fish Hoek tried every trick in the book to create openings but the Ajax defence stood firm, giving very little away. Ajax front runners, on the other hand, were able to find openings in their opponent’s defensive line, scoring three goals in the process. Fish Hoek never recovered and the match ended with the score at 3-0 in favour of the Parow side.

Fish Hoek had a chance to redeem themselves and get back to winning ways when their under-15 Division side locked horns with another northern suburbs sided, Table View, in their final.

The side played with more purpose, forcing their opponents to make errors. They were, in the end, too good for Table View, recording a convincing 3-0 victory. However, a real opportunity to avenge the under-15 Super League side’s loss came when their under-17 side and the young Urban Warriors locked horns in the final. The side was determined not to allow Ajax to repeat the earlier feat but, the Ajax players had ideas of their own. They were on a mission to win their fourth final in a row. The match was always going to be a closely-contested one as there is not much difference in their approach. They are both attacking sides who do not sit back and defend. The 2-1 win in favour of Ajax was, in the end, a true reflection of what went down on the day.