Woodlands United juniors gear up for sevens tourney

SHIFAAN RYKLIEF

Woodlands Uniteds under-10 squad will look to repeat the performance of last year’s under-7s and under-9s when they take to the field at this weekend’s Super Sevens junior tournament, at the Shelley Road sports complex, in Salt River.

Last year, Woodlands beat Meadowridge 2-0 in the under-7 cup final, and their under-9 team made it to the semi-final of the plate section. This year, they’ve only entered in the under-10 division.

The Woodlands youngsters have had a shaky start to the season after losing their two opening games of the season to Cedar United and Morgenster United respectively.

At the weekend, they came out in search of their first victory and took an early one goal lead against FC Tafelzucht when Kiyaamodien Darries found the back of the net.

FC Tafelzucht pulled one back after the half-time break through an own goal, but Woodlands took the lead for a second time when Nathan Mufumbi slotted home a goal.

While the three points looked certain for the Woodie Boys, a late penalty for FC Tafelzucht saw them level the score at 2-2 to snatch a point.

Woodlands coach, Adiel du Toit, said the club encourages them to participate in the various tournaments in the city so that the players get the opportunity to play against teams from other LFAs. “We are want our players to enjoy playing at other venues and see how they match up against teams at other LFAs.

“We are excited about the tournament because it had a good atmosphere last year and was well organised. The players are motivated and excited about playing in the night game on Friday,” said Du Toit.