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Ubuntu smack Young Bafana

Pre-season preparations are well underway for most winter sporting codes in the Helderberg.

Football fever has certainly started at most clubs, especially at Young Bafana Soccer Academy (YB). The club finds itself having just finished their trials and teams will also be involved in a host of friendly matches over the next few weeks.

Last weekend, YB hosted NFD side Ubuntu Soccer Academy at their new home, Radloff Park. Two of the club’s junior sides were in action – under-12 and under-14.

While the coaches used the outings as an opportunity to scout talent and access the depth of the club’s teams, the players kept the crowd entertained throughout.

Ubuntu is known as a competitive and talented club, and this was evident in the final scoreline of both matches. The visitors capitalised on YB’s mistakes and made them pay in both encounters.

Despite the score not being the main objective of these friendly matches, a 1-4 defeat in both games testifies to the brilliance of the more established Ubuntu sides.

Most of Ubuntu’s goals in the under-12 match came late in the match, as the YB defence held firmly for most of the second-half. The chances that went a-begging for YB are also not reflected in the final score, with a few shots not being taken when they came within striking distance of the Ubuntu goal.

The YB under-14 team was depleted as a result of injuries to two of their top players, so the team was reshuffled as a result. In addition, they faced bigger and stronger opponents who played a flowing, fast-paced game to put YB under constant pressure to combat their opponents.

However, YB can be proud of their performance and, although outplayed, they stuck to their guns and gave a gutsy performance in going down 1-4.

Hlonela Sitenge found the net with a great free kick from outside the box and was unlucky to strike the underside of the bar with a second attempt a short while later.

Newcomer between the sticks, Craig Allcock, was excellent in goal as was a very determined James Besen at left back.

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