Reservoir Hills caused a major upset last weekend by defeating KO Cup favorites, Sharks Academy.
The match was played at Newlands West grounds and the favourites were beaten by one goal to nil by a very determined Reservoir Hills team.
The team which comprises of a number of students do not train as often as they should due to their studies.
“Sharks Academy on the other hand is a well disciplined and committed team that currently belongs to one of the best local academies. Both these teams have met in the league on two occasions and both times, Sharks Academy were the victors. Having played them twice before and knowing that they move the ball around very well, we had to ensure that we gave them little space,” said Tintin Pillay, official of the club.
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Cpt Luyanda Zweni played by example and gave the Sharks Academy players no time to knock the ball around. The captain had a sterling game in midfield.
“We knew that we had to mark the opposition very tightly as we have made mistakes in the league encounters and paid the price for that,” said Luyanda.
The match was deadlocked 0-0 in the first half. In the second half, Reservoir Hills brought on super sub, Lwandile Zweni, and from the moment he entered the pitch he had the Sharks Academy players in “sixes & sevens” with his amazing skill and pace.
With the match heading towards a stalemate, Lwandile won the ball deep in the midfield and beat two Sharks players with his dazzling pace and laid a perfect pass to Nhlakanipho Ngcongo.
The striker struck a beauty from outside the 18 yard box giving the Sharks goal keeper no chance. Although it was an all round team effort, much credit must go to Zwelithini Mzobe and Sivuselelo (Goodman) who marshalled the defense, giving Sharks Academy no chance of scoring.
Much credit must go to the Reservoir Hills team as majority of them come from the local informal settlement in Reservoir Hills, without a regular coach.
“Their passion for the game is unbelievable,” added Pillay.