Alex Royal Tigers SC U20 lived up to their name of being one of the best hunters when they mauled Gauteng FC 4–1 in the final of the Year-End Community Games at the Alexandra Stadium.
Tigers used their skill of stealthily stalking their prey before pouncing as they used a counter-attack strategy which paid dividends as they walked away with the R20 000 prize money. As silver medallists, Gauteng received R10 000.
If matches were won on skill and nimble-footedness, Gauteng would have come out tops as they mesmerised their opposition with their ball skills and dribbling wizardry.
However, it was Tigers who scored first in less than five minutes of the start of the game through the boot of their left winger Cebisa Mphila who’s thunderous shot left Gauteng goalie Tshepo Linda bemused.
Gauteng then mounted raid after raid on the Tigers goal in search of an equaliser which eventually paid off when Ntokoza Nkosi levelled the score 10 minutes after Tigers had rattled the back of the net.
It was the game on as both teams made forages in search of the lead and it was Tigers that restored their advantage through Eric Tivane.
The two teams went into half-time with Tigers leading 2–1 but on the resumption of the second half, Gauteng again mounted numerous raids in search of the equaliser only to be disappointed as the big cats increased their lead through man of the match, Aubrey Ndlovu, who was a thorn in Gauteng’s flesh.