So, it’s down to four teams in the Mens and Women’s section each that can still lay claim to the title as the best U21 side in the Country. After 5 days of group stage action we are just 2 days away from knowing who will lift the coveted title.
We already knew that Southern Gauteng and the Northern Blues would be in the semi-final, but it was Southern Gauteng who secured top spot in group B with an 8-0 win against KZN Raiders. They finished ahead of the Blues on Goals scored after both teams finished with a goal difference of 31 thanks to the Blues 10-0 victory over Border.
As a prize for finishing top the Southern Gauteng men will meet the Northern Daisies who remarkably secure their semi-final spot when North West were held to a dramatic 2-2 draw by Western Province Pens. This after they secured a 3-1 win of their own over Eastern Province. Northern Blues will play the defending champions Western Province in the semi-finals, WP also completed a perfect 100% group record to finish top of Group A.
Mens Under 21 IPT Results – Day 5
Mpumalanga 0-10 Western Province
Eastern Province 1-3 Northern Daisies
WP Pens 2-2 North West
Southern Gauteng 8-0 KZN Raiders
Free State 0-4 SG Witsies
Northern Blues 10-0 Border
Mens Under 21 IPT Semi-Final Fixtures
Southern Gauteng vs. Northern Daisies
Western Province vs. Northern Blues
There was a massive shock in the women’s tournament when Free State produced the goods to beat Southern Gauteng 2-0. That result coupled with the KZN Raiders 3-0 win over North West saw the Southerns eliminated on goal difference while Raiders and North West progressed. It means that we will have a new champion in the women’s section for 2018.
The other group had already been decided but a victory for the Blues meant they echoed the Western Province performance in the boy’s section by securing a 100% record in the group stage. They are joined in the semi-final by the female Western Province side who only lost to the Blues in the group stage.
Ladies Under 21 IPT Results – Day 3
North West 0-3 KZN Raiders
Free State 2-0 Southern Gauteng
Eastern Province 1-5 Western Province
SG Witsies 2-1 Northern Daisies
WP Pens 0-2 Northern Blues
Ladies Under 21 IPT Semi-Final Fixtures
Northern Blues vs. North West
KZN Raiders vs. Western Province