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Stellenbosch FC zipped the final spot

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After a thrilling match against West Ham United FC, Stellenbosch FC advances their championship defence to the final.

In their final group stage match of the Reliance Foundation presents Premier League Next Generation Cup on Tuesday at the Reliance Corporate Park (RCP), West Ham United FC and Stellenbosch FC drew 3-3. The outcome allows Stellenbosch to secure a spot in the competition’s championship match, which will be played on Friday, May 26, at RCP, with the eventual Group B group winners.

The game featured some spectacular end-to-end counter-attacking football as the two teams fought it out closely. There was one goal scored by each team in the first half. After a thrilling match against West Ham United FC, Stellenbosch FC advances their championship defence to the final.

In their final group stage match of the Reliance Foundation presents Premier League Next Generation Cup on Tuesday at the Reliance Corporate Park (RCP), West Ham United FC and Stellenbosch FC drew 3-3. The outcome allows Stellenbosch to secure a spot in the competition’s championship match, which will be played on Friday, May 26, at RCP, with the eventual Group B group winners.

The game featured some spectacular end-to-end counter-attacking football as the two teams fought it out closely. There was one goal scored by each team in the first half. But the Hammers didn’t hesitate and immediately took a straightforward path to secure the equaliser. To score his second goal in the game, Jones received a long pass from their midfield. And slid in between two Stellenbosch players to chip the ball over De Jean Ah-Shene.

Stellenbosch FC are still in the lead

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After falling behind twice, West Ham appeared eager to take the lead in the match. By sneaking in a crucial pass that was finished by substitute forward George Earthy past the custodian. Gideon Kodua set up a great move for them. As soon as the West Ham backline opened up a gap, Stellenbosch pounced to quickly regain parity by playing a sharp pass to Roy-Keane Avontuur. The forward dribbled past the custodian and kicked the ball into an open goal to put an end to an exhilarating football match.

“Congratulations to Stellenbosch FC. Congratulations to South African people. I hope we have made them proud back home. The boys are warriors. They have worked so hard to be here. All have put in the hard yards and they have got big hearts. They come from different backgrounds, difficult circumstances and they see this as an opportunity not only for themselves but also to show the talent that we have in our country,” Stellenbosch FC coach Evangelos Vellios said after the game.

“Will prepare for the next match in the same way that we have prepared for the last few games, i.e. with professionalism. We have to show our quality. We are West Ham and our players have to show that (when we step on the field),” West Ham coach Lauris Coggin mentioned post the draw.

“I don’t think we missed anything. The boys showed quality in the opportunities here. The experience, both culturally and on the pitch, to experience different things is why we are here. We are very grateful for the experience,” Coggin reflected on their group stage matches.  

Brief Scores

West Ham United 3 (Liam Jones 9’ 44’, George Earthy 56’) – 3 (Kyle Bailey 13’, Roy-Keane Avontuur 41’ 58’)

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