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Chippa United crowned PE Engen Champs

Posted: 29 June 2015 Time: 15:32

Chippa United have been crowned the 2015 Eastern Cape U-17 Engen Knockout Challenge champions, thanks to a Romano Roberto Tarentaal strike at the Errol Heynes field in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth.

A well-taken goal by Tarentaal minutes before the halftime whistle saw Chippa beat hosts Glenville Celtic 1-0.

Played out in front of an enthusiastic crowd the final was probably a meeting of the best teams in the tournament as both went through the round robin stage unbeaten to qualify for the knockout stage.

In the knockout stage Chippa beat United Brothers and Park United, both 2-1.

Glenville had a more difficult route beating East London outfit Riverside 6-5 in a sudden death penalty shoot-out after the match ended at 0-0. In the semi-finals they thrashed FC Motherwell 4-0.

The Chilli Boys got their campaign off to a flyer thrashing Motherwell FC 5-0 while Glenville beat City Defenders 3-1.

In the final both teams were obviously tired having played five matches in three days.

In an even first half Chippa did enough to deserve the 1-0 lead.

After the break Glenville dominated the match but failed to convert their chances in front of the goalmouth.

Tarentaal, who scored the winning goal, scooped three awards at the competition (best striker, top scorer and player of the tournament).

Chippa development coach Velile Eddie Dyaloi was thrilled with the result.

"Considering the boys have only been playing for two months this was an excellent performance," Dyaloyi said.

"This bodes well for the future of Chippa and I am looking forward to playing against the development teams of the other PSL teams in the national competition."

Chippa captain, Litha Dlula, who is a Grade 11 pupil at Hillside High, said all the hard work had paid off.

"I hope to play professionally for the senior side one day," Dlula said

Engen Group sponsorship manager Brad Bergh said that there was a definite step up in both the standard of the play and facilities.

"As sponsors we are thrilled with the turnout of spectators," Bergh added.

"It was a proud moment for us when we found that PSL teams from Gauteng had sent out a scout.

"This does not only mean that the tournament is of a very high standard but also that the clubs from north are taking note of the abundant talent in the coastal areas

"Even the weather played its part," chairman of the organising club Victor Burton said.

"We are thrilled with the turnout which is probably the best we have had in the seven years we have been hosting the tournament."

In the play-offs for third place Park beat Motherwell 1-0.

It was a disappointing tournament for both last year's finalists, PE Sundowns and St Georges who failed to make the knockout stage.

                                                    candice@openfield.co.za

Individual awards:

Referee of the tournament - Marshall Naiken

Defender of the tournament – Austin Prince

Midfielder of the tournament - Jonavan September

Bests striker - Romano Roberto Tarentaal

Top goal scorer - Roman Roberto Tarental

Goalkeeper of the tournament – Mbowisi Michael Mbele

Coach of the tournament - Velile Eddie Dylaoi

Player of the tournament - Romano Roberto Tarentaal

Fair play team award - Zwide Pirates.

Top Eight

1 Chippa United

2 Glenville Celtic

3 Park United

4 FC Motherwell

5 Riverside

6 Addo Development

7 United Brothers

8 PE Sundowns

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