THERE were several thrilling matches in the Nodefa pre-season soccer tournament at the weekend.
Kubs defeated New City Stars 9-8 in a sudden-death penalty shootout after the first five kicks failed to produce a result. The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time.
But Kubs were not so lucky in the quarterfinals on Sunday, going down 5-4 on penalties to Temptations after again being tied at 1-1.
The winners of the Mr Vine Benefit Tournament, Despatch Pioneers, scored an easy 2-0 win over Black Vultures on Saturday, but lost 5-4 on penalties to Premier League champions Imbabala Young Stars on Sunday. The fulltime score was 1-1. The champions beat All City Stars 5-3 on Saturday.
In the third match to end in penalties, Highland Spurs beat Manchester United 5-4 after being 1-1 at the end of normal time. Spurs continued this form into Sunday when they beat Eleven Stars 4-1.
THE dogfight in the Nafa Premier League continued on Sunday as both frontrunners had to share the spoils after suffering defeats on Saturday. Glenville retained their one-point lead over Bloom Callies despite being held to a 2-2 draw by West Lake. Callies drew 2-2 with Saints.
Blackpool failed to reproduce the form which saw them come back from a goal down to thrash Helenvale 4-1 on Saturday, and lost 1-0 to arch-rivals Hotspurs. It was an excellent weekend for the Spurs, who beat Glenville on Saturday.
Swallows scored only their third win of the season when they beat Fairview Rovers 1-0.
Ramblers pulled off the upset of the weekend beating Park United 3-1. Helenvale lost their second match of the weekend 2-1 to Wolves.
ALL Stars picked up the winner's purse of R2000 in the Dr Nomatemba Gum Manchester FC Super Cup competition played at Wells Estate on Sunday when they beat the hosts 3-2 in the finals.
In a thrilling semifinal, Manchester beat Ikamva Movers 6-5 in a sudden-death penalty shootout after the teams were tied 1-1.
Special Awards: Best player and top goalscorer Xolisa Adams (All Stars); Youngest player Sibusiso Nyaniso; Best goalkeeper Nyaniso Hilita; coach of the tournament Thobelani Sonjica.
HEARTS lost both their matches in the Pefa Women's League over the weekend. On Saturday, they were thrashed 6-0 by Highbury and on Sunday they lost 3-1 to Warriors.