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Invitational Soccer Tournament

Friday, June 24th, 2016 | Academic

1st Team in Hammer and Tongues Tournament

Result : 4th place

V Tynwald – Won 2-1

The 1st Team had  huge expectations and pressure to do well in this tournament.  Our first challenge in the group stage was against Tynwald.  Even though the second team beat them earlier in the term, they were still an unpredictable side.  From the word go, we went after them as our forwards exerted pressure.  Their efforts were rewarded thanks to some brilliant team play that ended in S Munyati opening the scoring.  Halftime score was 1-0.  The second half was more of the same as Saints dominated.  Against the run of play, Tynwald were given a penalty which they did not waste.  Immediately we responded and in less than a minute after conceding, M Mpofu put us ahead again thanks to a tidy finish.

V CBC – Won 2-0

Our next hurdle was against CBC whom we at first underestimated.  They however proved their worth as their defenders continued to use the offside trap against us.  Just before halftime however they were caught sleeping and we punished them as M Mpofu scored to break the deadlock.  In the second half the game opened up more and we took more chances.  It was not long before our captain J Zindoga made it 2-0 with an excellent finish.  Final score was 2-0.

V St Ignatius – Won 3-1

Earlier in the term we drew 0-0 with St Ignatius.  This time we wanted all the points and drew first blood in the first half thanks to J Zindoga.  We soon made it 2-0 thanks to M Mpofu.  The combination of M Mpofu and J Zindoga was proving lethal.  In the second half, St Ignatius pulled one back but J Zindoga scored once again to give us an unassailable lead 3-1.

V Induna – Drew 0-0

Induna was our first real test as we were both yet to taste defeat.  It was an evenly matched game with both teams unable to make use of their chances.  There was nothing to decide between the two team.  It ended as a draw 0-0.  We came first overall in our group with 10 points.

Quarter Finals

V Falcon – Won 2-0

Falcon was our next hurdle.  They were a very fit side and were running all over the place during the first half.  Although we did not have much of the ball we were still looking dangerous and a stunning strike from S Munyati put us in front.  In the second half we slowed the game down and created more chances.  From a free kick near the half way line,  S Kanjanda scored thanks to an error from the Falcon goalkeeper.  It ended 2-0.

Semi Finals

V Catholic Saints – Lost 0-1

Catholic Saints were the unknown team that had made it this far.  In this match we learnt why they were so dangerous .  They dominated the first half with their excellent passing.  Then from nowhere before halftime, the defender from Catholic Saints scored a stunner!  The whole crowd was left shocked from the strike.  The second half was more evenly matched but it was not to be as our quest for the trophy ended.

3rd /4th place playoff

Vs Masvingo High

We faced Masvingo High School who destroyed our second team in the group stages.  Although evenly matched D Rakabopa put us in the lead.  However they soon  equalized after some confusion at the back.  At the start of the second half they made it 2-1 from a corner.  Just as the game was about to end we equalized to take it to penalties.  Unfortunately fate would choose Huenga’s penalty to be saved.  We lost 5-4 on penalties to be placed 4th overall.

Well done to J Zindoga for being justly named as the most disciplined player of the Tournament

Well done for such an impressive showing especially since most of the CHISZ schools did not make it to the knockout stages.  Congratulations to the champions Catholic Saints who had an impressive win against Prince Edward 3-0 to lift our Trophy!

We thank our Main Sponsors, Hammer and Tongues, who once again made the Tournament a success.  We also thank all the other sponsors and VIP’s who with our parents, coaching staff and everyone else at St George’s who laid down the platform to promote Soccer at the College.

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