THE Engen under-17 Knockout Challenge ended on a high note when hosts Glenville Celtic won the soccer title for the first time after beating tournament favourites Shining Stars of Motherwell 2-1 at Glenville yesterday.
Celtic have been hosting the tournament for the past three years and their team had never won the championship trophy.
They are now R10000 richer for winning it this year.
The hosts started the game determined to lift the trophy but they went into half-time down 1-0 through a goal from a free kick scored by Buhle Khathe, of the Stars.
The home side came back strongly in the second half and their efforts saw them rewarded with the equaliser scored by Juandre Jordaan.
The visitors tried to get back into the game but Celtic were determined to win this year's title.
Celtic's Darren Bambo struck the winning goal for Celtic and the Northern Areas Football Association outfit were crowned the Port Elizabeth regional champions of the tournament.
Through the years, the tournament has produced a perfect platform for players to kick-start their professional careers and this year's event was no different.
Tournament organisers were happy with the smooth running of the event.
"The tournament was a big success and the administrators of all the teams and the organisation was top class," tournament director Elroy Swart said.
Swart said the tournament final provided an opportunity to showcase what Glenville Celtic could do as a club.
"We are very proud to host this tournament," he said.
Celtic coach Jerome Stowman said as the hosts it was the cherry on top to win the tournament.
"It was hard work and determination that made us win the tournament and our preparations worked out very well," Stowman said.
"I'm proud of my players as the tournament was a development platform for them to grow and we will be even more determined next year."
Stars coach Bongani August said it was disappointing to lose the final but congratulated the winning team.
"We've learnt a lot from this tournament and maybe next year we'll be much better than this year," he said.