Stephs crash out in replay of last 16 match

Stephanian Ottery Ryan Wilderman, left, gets ahead of his marker Marlon McQuire from United FC, in their senior Coke Cup clash in Khayelitsha at the weekend.

The match was a replay of last month’s fixture where Stephs used more than three substitutes. In that match, the boys from Ottery thumped United 6-0.

Stephs went into the replay match as favourites. However, a determined performance by United, from Bishop Lavis, saw them march on to the next-round. The two sides cancelled each other out in the first half and the score remained goalless at the break.

Warren van Nel opened the scoring for United in the second half, but Stephs centre back Zaheer Abrahams pulled one back minutes later. But, United’s Jesreel Scheepers had the final say when he scored the winner.

Stephs assistant coach, Robin Lewis, said his side had a bad day at the office and not enough goal scoring opportunities.

Lewis said he was proud of the squad’s performance throughout the competition.

“As the competition progressed we became stronger and stronger.

“We will put this behind us and focus on the league and knockouts which we are hoping to finish off in fine style,” he said.

Stephs have taken their form into the league and are second behind Cape District Football Association (CDFA) champions Greenwood Athletico.

All three of their senior sides are still in the running for the knockout cup while their reserve and second team are still in the running for the double – the league title and knockout cup.

All the junior teams are also among the top three in the league while their under-16 and under-18 sides are still in the knockout cup.

“If we continue in the same way for the remainder of the season we should bring home some silverware. The hard work the club executive members and coaches put in on a daily bases is paying off,” he said.

Established in 1995, the club was formed when Stephanians merged with Ottery Ferness FC and Ottery Sinton FC.

Since then the club’s super league side were crowned CDFA knockout cup champions in 2004 and league winners in 2008.

This year their under-19s made an appearance in their second Premier Cup after an absence of 10 years.

Their best finish in the Coke Cup was in 2013 when they lost to Bonteheuwel’s Sporting United in the semi-finals on penalties.

* In other Coke Cup action, a gutsy last-minute goal spoiled the party for Glendene United when Melchester Rovers beat them 5-4 on penalties after the sides played to a 2-all draw.

Trailing 2-0 for most of the second half, a well-timed switch by manager Shaheem Khan that saw striker Ralton Philander replacing defender Kashief Abrahams, paid off as Raees Raphael found the back of the net about 25 minutes short of the final whistle.

Mellies will now face a rampant Two for Joy in the semi-finals, on Sunday, September 25.