PHOTOS: Great goals and football fellowship at Margate Sports School

The third annual Fidelity Regional Football Tournament took place at Margate Sports School last week.

This year’s tournament delivered even more competitive football than the last two years.

Gauteng came into this tournament having defended the title successfully last year. Day One presented new tougher challenges for the team in red, but they came out on top with three wins out of three games.

North West weren’t the same team as last year and struggled to replicate their final appearance last year. Losing 8-1 to Gauteng was a sign that this was going to be a tough tournament for the men in yellow.

KwaZulu-Natal, who had struggled in the last two tournaments, got off to a shaky start but by the end of the tournament, they had a third-place finish to show for their efforts.

Undoubtedly the most improved side, KwaZulu-Natal had five players selected for the national team. Their coach Less won Coach of the Year and they also had Errol, who won the Player of the Year award.

A consistent Northern Cape beat Gauteng at the end of Day Two, which many were calling a curtain-raiser for the final.

Gauteng topped the log after five games with a superior goal difference.

  Team Games played Wins Losses Draws Goals Scored Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Gauteng 5 4 1 0 18 5 13 12
2 Northern Cape 5 4 1 0 8 5 3 12
3 KZN 5 3 2 0 12 6 6 9
4 Western Cape 5 3 2 0 7 6 1 9
5 North West 5 1 4 0 5 15 -10 3
6 Eastern Cape 5 0 5 0 1 12 -11 0

This led to the two semi-finals being played as follows: Gauteng vs Western Cape and Northern Cape vs KwaZulu-Natal.

Unfortunately, Friday’s storm water-logged the pitches, forcing Fidelity management to call the winners of the tournament as per the log standings after the five league games.

The decision, made with player safety in mind, saw Gauteng successfully defend their title once again.

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