Soccer is more than a mere sport. It unites people from different walks of life, overcoming social barriers through the love of sport.
In March, the Golden League kicked off. The Golden League is a soccer tournament, where teams are formed with players from 40 years old and upwards. These teams then compete in the provincial league. The teams hail from North Coast, South Coast, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Midlands, Escourt, Ladysmith and Newcastle.
On Saturday, August 4, the Newcastle Legends took on oSizweni Master, during one of the Golden League fixtures.
The match started in Newcastle Legends’ favour, thanks to Patrick Viera and Alwyn Bentley pulling out all the strings in the midfield. Within 10 minutes, Akesh Dawlall and Bentley’s team work saw Bentley score a goal in the bottom corner of the goal posts.
Mervyb Maharaj and Dawlall continued putting pressure on the Masters’ defence. In the last five minutes of the game, the Masters’ had a glorious chance to score. But the attempt was stopped through the Legends’ powerful defence.
In the second half of the match, the Legends seemed to be fading with the Masters’ taking control of the game. During the last 10 minutes of the match, a penalty shot was awarded to Masters. This came after Legends player, Pranil Kunju’s clearance header deflected onto his hand.
Vayo Buthelezi of Master secured an equaliser for Masters, ensuring the game ended with a one all draw.
On Saturday, August 11, both Newcastle Legends and oSizweni Masters will take to the Fernwood Sports Grounds. This time to defend their home-ground against players from out of town.
At 12pm the Legends will take on Merewent from the bluff, while oSizweni Masters will face Newlands.
Then at 3pm, Newcastle Legends will play Newlands while oSizweni Masters will take on Merewent.
The community is invited to support the two local teams and enjoy an afternoon of soccer.