The St Andrew’s College Football Club travelled to Johannesburg to participate in the St David’s Marist Inanda Challenge Cup (U15 & 1st Team) and St Stithians College Challenge Cup (U14 & 16) from 04 to 06 August. The College teams were fortunate to play matches versus schools from across the country and they represented College and the Eastern Cape exceptionally well.
The U14 team started their campaign of with confidence and enthusiasm. The team played some outstanding attacking football but left too many spaces unoccupied on defense. This was a greatly learning experience for a talented group, the group grew in maturity as the tournament progressed. The highlight of the team’s performances was the 5-1 win versus Woodlands College with Nsofwa Kayula scoring a brilliant hattrick.
After a slow start, the U15A team played some outstanding football. The team played with the perfect balance of flair, passion and resilience. The boys left everything thing on the St David’s fields and shocked some well-established Johannesburg schools. The highlight of their campaign was the phenomenal 3-2 win over Jeppe Boys’ High School and a spectacular 2-2 versus Hilton College. The team ended 7th overall.
The U16 team enjoyed a highly successful tournament. This team grows with confidence and accuracy with every match. The team was exceptionally well led by Matthew Ladds, Joshua Lange and Uzile Luthuli. Highlights of their tournament was beating St Stithians 3-1 and reaching the final of the Plate Cup which the team narrowly loss. The team ended 6th overall.
The 1st Team was in a tough and demanding campaign, being in a group that consisted of the 2022 finalists and two of the 2023 finalists was always going to be a steep challenge for the College boys. The team played well in all of their matches and every opponent felt the College intensity and resilience. The highlight of a difficult campaign must be the 1-0 win versus Norkem High School. Norkem played in the 2022 final and in the 2023 semi-finals.
This tour and the various tournaments was a remarkable success for the St Andrew’s College Football Club. This is a significant step into the future. Thank you to all the staff and boys who made a special tour possible.
The St Andrew’s College Cup
The second edition of the St Andrew’s College Cup was held on 25 and 26 August. The tournament was a great success featuring 20 teams from across the Eastern Cape and across the Country.
The U14 division was hotly contested from day with Alexander Road, Paul Roos and Victioria Park showing off their skill and talented. The St Andrew’s College team had a positive start and a positive end to the tournament and eventually end 6th of overall. Congratulations to Alexander Road High School who won the U14 division of the St Andrew’s College Cup.
The U16 division was fast paced and intense. Paul Roos, Reddam House Constantia, Victoria Park and Selborne College played some phenomenal football on day 1. All the groups were tightly contested as only the top team from each group would qualify for the Cup semi-finals. The St Andrew’s College U16 A team collected a mixed bag of results and eventually ended second in their group right behind Reddam House Contantia.
Eventually, Urban Academy, Paul Roos, Victoria Park and Reddam qualified for the Cup semi-finals. During the Cup final Victoria Park and Reddam were tied 1-1 at full time and the match went into sudden death penalties. Congratulations to Reddam House Constantia who won the Cup final for the U16 division.
The caliber of this tournament would not be possible without the contribution of many stakeholders. Thank you to all the boys and staff who made a brilliant second edition of the St Andrew’s College Cup possible.