Cape Town Angels hosted Hanover Sporting at the Maritz Field on Friday night in their final fixture for the year as the Christmas break commences.
Angels correspondent, Ashleigh Hendricks, sent the match report to SAsoccer365.com
Tonight saw our last match fixture before the seasons Christmas break and what a fitting setting it was, under the lights on our home ground.
The Angels supporters came in great numbers and definitely created an exciting atmosphere for the girls.
By kick-off it was easy to see that the wind would play a tiring role in the game and throughout the match the ball traveled at undetermined speeds with unavoidable direction which made the game all the more thrilling.
The first half saw the both teams battling to settle down.
The Angels seemed a little more under pressure as most of the play was happening in their half of the field. Sporting took full advantage of this and made quite a few goal attempts keeping the Angels defence on their toes.
Very early in the game, after a time-foul by the Angels goalkeeper, the visitors were awarded an indirect free kick. Fortunately there was no resulting goal and the hosts took off to the other end of the field hoping to net one before the end of the first half.
Our newest player in the Cape Town Angels Squad, Leila Da Silva, made her debut late in the first half and instantly added increased substance to the team.
The lighting on the field, as well as the wind factor, proved to be working in our favour during the first half. Unfortunately, apart from holding the ball and keeping the opponents under pressure, the Angels could not make a break through.
Many of the fans were beginning to make mention of the terrible knots that was forming in their stomachs. Nevertheless, they remained faithful supporters and cheered throughout the game.
Come the second half, the Angels were feeling confident and determined, not only in their individual ability, but in the amazing potential that the team held.
Angels captain, Malicka Bridgens, continually encouraged the girls to be determined to do their "Angels best". As the second half moved on it was clear that Sporting were being drained of all energy by their energized opponents and were becoming terribly disorientated as the girls started whipping out their classy skills.
After much deliberation and nail biting - and failed attempts - the Angels were able to put something up on the scoreboard. Striker on the day, Lynn Dirks, broke through Sportings defence and scored two goals in quick succession.
The Angels were forced to conceal most of their desire to celebrate because the game had not yet finished but it was easily recognizable on the face of each Angel that they were anticipating nothing less than a long-awaited win.
To conclude matters, midfielder number 10 finished off a lovely ball put in by a fellow teammate and sealed the win for the Cape Town Angels.
The girls were ecstatic with the result and couldn't have asked for a better crowd to share it with. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the supporters who made the effort and braved the wind to come and show their support for the Angels and the beautiful game.
The Halala league season ends for a Christmas break now and will resume in January. We will keep the web site updated with upcoming fixtures and hope to see all of you out there again, in your Angels gear.