22 February 2018 – This past weekend saw no less than total of 31 goals being scored in a mere seven games in week 19 of the Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe League.
The day kicked off with a plucky 1-0 away victory by Sibanye FC at Try Again’s Bisho Stadium in the midday game. Marquin Brown netted inside 5 minutes. The loss keeps Try Again in the bottom four and their next fixture is looming as a must-win encounter.
Bizana Pondo Chiefs then tackled Swartkops Valley United Brothers at the Mqeshwa Sports Fields with the home team coming out top in a convincing 3-1 win. The result sees both teams keep their places in top and bottom halves of the table respectively.
North End Stadium witnessed Mthatha City getting hit by a proverbial Tornado as they succumbed 7-0 to the log leaders in a decidedly one-sided affair. Tornado’s Hlomla Nyobo stated: “Absolute bonkers performance from the lads today, they electrified the stadium for a fully deserved victory”. City somehow retains fourth spot while Tornado opened up a 12 point lead at the top.
City Lads and Lion City then played out to a tense 1-1 draw at Mt Ayliff Stadium. The home team would have been desperate for all 3 points as they aim to climb out of the bottom three while the Lions still occupy a mid-table position.
EC Bees then took advantage of home conditions as they proceeded to hammer Highbury 6-0 at Bhisho Stadium in an afternoon fixture. Bees retain third place and will still feel the title is still up for grabs as they continue to display fighting spirit.
Jan Smuts Stadium in East London was the venue for a famous 4-2 away win by Future Tigers over FC Buffalo. Tigers are still fighting for a top four spot while Buffalo continue to struggle at the foot of the log with a mere 8 points and worst goal difference (-27).
The day’s final match rained even more goals as PE Stars tore apart the defensive lines of Spears FC for a 4-1 victory. Stars retain second place and will still believe that a play-off spot is achievable.
Such a goal-spree seems set to continue in the Eastern Cape, particularly with teams such as Tornado in such red-hot form.