Match Report: 02 - Black Birds Academy vs Silver Spurs
Date published: 17 April 2019 by Okuhle Dukani
The much anticipated biggest under 19 soccer tournament Bayhill Premier Cup kicked off with Cape Town teams Black Birds Academy and Silver Spurs taking part in the first set of games of the competition.
Black Birds Academy where the first team to show a glimpse of entertaining football by attacking the opposition, while Silver Spurs were more disciplined in holding their shape in defence in the early minutes of the game; making it difficult for Black Birds Academy to take a shot at their keeper.
The first chance of the game came when a Black Birds Academy’s Khanya Dyani went on a mazy dribble and was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. He then stepped up to take the free-kick himself but could not get his strike over the tall, strong defenders of Silver Spurs.
Silver Spurs were disciplined and focused on their last line of defence and got one chance to counter attack when a long ball was played to Calvin de Kella. The fans encouraged him to lay the ball off to Hayden Willis, he however decided to take a shot. To the delight of the Silver Spurs contingent the decision paid off and he curled it past the Black Birds Academy stopper, who then had to go pick the ball out of his net. 1-0 to Spurs.
Despite the setback the Black Birds Academy midfield duo of Khanya Dyani and Aphiwe Gqirha kept control of the midfield, showing confidence when receiving and passing the ball around the pitch.
Silver Spurs strategy was however proving to be very effective and they kept finding Hayden Willis with some direct passing. He duly obliged with causing all kind of problems for the defence of Black Birds Academy with his pace and strength.
The game went to half-time with Black Birds Academy still trailing by the solitary goal scored by Silver Spurs.
After the break Silver Spurs came out strong pressing their opponents back with the pace of their wing player. They continued to press, eventually winning a corner. Which was struck beautifully meeting the head of Rabian Buekes. The ball flew into the net making in 2-0 to Silver Spurs.
The Black Birds Academy side were now struggling to get their form back as they were closed down tightly by the Silver Spurs defensive unit. No time was afforded to them while on the ball.
Silver Spurts almost scored a third from a ball played through for Titanian May on the right flank where he played a quick cross for Calvin de Kella who was lurking in the box. Calvin got his effort at goal but was denied by a great save from the Black Birds Academy goalkeeper.
Silver Spurs changed their formation and played five at the back for the closing stages to try and see out the game without any damage. The ploy worked and they managed to nullify the attack of Black Birds until the end of the game.
Spurs walked out 2-0 winners.