Friday, 8 June 2018

Bevin Reed wins the 2018 PFC Challenge Cup!

Saturday 19 May 2018, Pretoria, South Africa:
The 6th edition of the Challenge Cup was again played under the theme of "Cup Final Day" where we played out the finals of various domestic & continental cups. We were gauranteed a "Cup Final" in each round of play ! The event attracted a field of 10 entries which included a return to the tables for Adam Murray, who last competed in December 2017!
The team allocations as follows:
Neilon Waterson (Chelsea) - Sherwin Reed (Man Utd)
Conway Julie (Barcelona) - Imtiaz Ahmed (Sevilla)
Adam Murray (Maritzburg Utd) - Jayden vd Merwe (Free State Stars)
Gary Downs (Liverpool) - Bevin Reed (Real Madrid)
Chessray Jooste (Juventus) - Kegan vd Merwe (AC Milan)
Points allocation as follows : 2 points per win, 1 point a draw. However, for "Cup Finals" the losing finalist earned 1 bonus point if the final was decided on penalty shots! If a "Cup Final" was decided in regulation time, the victor was awarded the bonus point - thus making a final potentially worth 3 points on the day !

The first "Cup Final" saw Chessray Jooste (Juventus) triumph by 2-1 on penalty shots over Kegan vd Merwe (Milan) - with Kegan earning the bonus point (BP).
The Round 2 final also ended 0-0, whereafter Conway Julie (Barcelona) beat Imtiaz Ahmed (Sevilla) by 3-1 on shots - with Imtiaz getting the BP.
Actually, by the end of Round 2 action, Conway found himself in 2nd position overall - as he had also recorded a 1-0 victory in his Round 1 match !
Round 3 had a bonus of two scheduled "Cup Finals" - firstly, Jayden vd Merwe (FS Stars) comfortably dispatched of Adam Murray (Maritzburg Utd) by 3-0 on penalty shots. Then, Bevin Reed (Real Madrid) beat Gary Downs (Liverpool) by 2-0 to be the only winner of his final in regulation time. Round 4 action then produced a few highlights - firstly, against the odds, Conway beat Gary by 1-0 for Conway to take an impressive and well earned 4th place overall!
The drama then continued as Jayden beat Bevin by 1-0 to tie Bevin at the top of the standings and force the event into a play-off final match!
But before that final play-off match, the last "Cup Final" had still to be decided - we were treated to an exciting 0-0 draw between Neilon Waterson (Chelsea) and Sherwin Reed (Man Utd). Then….more drama as Neilon stunned Sherwin by taking the final by 3-2 on penalty shots!
Then back to the main event and the matter of a play-off match between Jayden & Bevin. As expected, a tense affair unfolded with neither player giving in - so no surprise at the end of a 0-0 stalemate. Bevin then triumphed by 3-2 on penalty shots against a normally lethal Jayden when it comes to penalty shots !
This triumph marks Bevin's 12th WASPA title to date! A bitter but harsh end to Jayden's day as he ended the day as technically speaking the only undefeated player and as the only player who did not concede on the day! On the other hand, Bevin's "goal blitz" on the day was probably rewarded with the ultimate prize - the 2018 PFC Challenge Cup Champion !

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.

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(report by Julian vd Merwe)