City sides set to battle for supremacy in last round of 16

Hout Bay Uniteds Michaela Lewis clears the ball under pressure from UCTs Kamryn Solomon, during their sides Safa Cape Town Coke Cup last round of 32 match, played at Grassy Park, at the weekend.

Picture: Lonwabo Marele

The Coke Cup – Safa Cape Town’s flagship tournament – is played over senior men’s, senior women’s and boys’ under-18 divisions.

This year’s tournament, which saw more than 500 clubs from across the city taking part, kicked off a few months ago. The competition has now reached business end, and the teams are getting closer to the final, and even winning their respective divisions.This weekend’s action didn’t disappoint either as there were a number of entertaining matchups.

Defending senior men’s division champions Rygersdal FC beat Premier FC, 2-0 but their under-18 side, lost 4-2 on penalties against Khayelitsha’s Ulana Academy, following a goalless draw at full time.

In the women’s division, home side Milano United went down 3-1 against last year’s finalists RV United and UCT produced an almost flawless display to beat Hout Bay United 4-0.

He would not be drawn to comment on the difference between the two sides. He did, however, point out that the fact that their opponents were a closed book, made things even more difficult for them.

“Hout Bay got recently promoted and we did not know much about them. That made things difficult for us. I am happy that we were able to take the chances that came our way, at the end of the day,” he said.

The coach also acknowledged that things are going to get tougher, which meant there was no room for error.

“We are playing Santos, and that is a side that we know very well. We have played against them a couple of times, so we know what to expect,” he said.In other action, Norway Parks’ run in the competition came to an end when they lost 3-1 against Belhar Spurs.