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Vasco Denied Chance To Go Top 17/11/03
After a flying start to the season, Vasco da Gama dropped slightly back into fourth place after a 2-1 defeat to Rainbow Stars in Port Elizabeth.

A win would have put the Cape side, who are coached by former Hellenic midfield legend Carlos Das Neves, into first place, but it was not to be in a match which was marred by a number of controversial decisions.

According to a Vasco player, the controversy started before the game even kicked off when it was realised that there were no corner flags.

Stars took the lead through a legitimate goal, but were somewhat fortunate to be awarded a penalty later on when the referee blew for a handball against a Vasco player when the ball clearly seemed to strike him in the stomach.

Vasco fought back bravely to score one goal and then thought they had grabbed the equaliser as well, only for the referee, who was far from the action, to disallow the goal for an unknown reason.

The Vasco striker was then giving his marching orders when he tried to protest against the decision.

Cape teams have been complaining for years about the blatant cheating that goes on in the division, especially in their away travels.

With the advent of a national first divsion league next season and the huge financial incentives involved in winning promotion to the PSL, it is high time that the authorities involved take action against to ensure that this trend does not continue.

Meanwhile, FC Fortune continued their good start to the campaign when they beat Maritzburg United in Wynberg yesterday, cementing their place at the top of the log in the process.

Fellow title contenders African Wanderers and Avendale Athletico also signalled their intentions as title contenders by both scoring good wins on the weekend.

The two Free State Inland First Division outfits, Free State Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic, took advantage of the fact that their game was televised on TV on Sunday to show soccer fans in this country that there is plenty of skill, passion and excitement in the first division when they played out to a thrilling 4-3 scoreline on Sunday.

The result sees Stars move up into third place, while their bitter rivals Celtic remain hot on their heels in fourth place.

All Nations are the surprise leaders at the moment in the Inland Division.

All the weekend's results:

First Division Coastal Stream

November 15

Basotho Tigers 2-1 Bush Bucks - Galeshewe
Maritzburg City 2-1 Premier United - Harry Gwala

November 16
Avendale Athletico 3-1 Park United - Hartleyvale
Rainbow Stars 2-1 Vasco da Gama - Zwide Stadium
African Wanderers 4-1 Uthukela - Mpumalunga
FC Fortune 1-0 Maritzburg United - Wynberg
Durban Stars 1-0 Blackburn Rovers - King Zwelithini

First Division Inland Stream

November 14
Alexandra United 2-1 Mabop Y. Stars - Alexandra

November 15
Bloem Y. Tigers 4-3 Winners Park - Seisa Ramabodu
Pietersburg Pillars 2-1 All Nations - Lulekani Phalabor
Sporting 2-2 Peoples Bank Spurs - Cecil Payne Florida
Dangerous Darkies 2-1 Welkom Stars - Kanyamazane Stadium
Classic 0-1 FC Sporting - Makhulong

November 16
Ledwaba P. Stars 2-1 City Sharks - Pilditch Stadium
Free State Stars 4-3 Bloem Celtic - Goble Park Bethlehem

Warriors Ready For Royals

Dumitru And De Sa In War Of Words

Da Gama Elated At Final Appearance

Mr Fitness Full Of Fighting Talk

The Forgotten Side Of Soccer

Avendale Go Top In Coastal Stream

Massive Blow For Wits

The Clint Roper Column

Calling All ex-FPL Players

Soccer TV Channel In The Pipeline?

Referee Did Not Protect Flair Players - De Sa

Mystery Of Yohane's Paper Uncovered

Local Soccer Too Bloated - Khoza

Young Swallows Duo Shine

Fortune Stars For United

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