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Avendale keep chasing pack at bay 14/03/04
Avendale Athletico cemented their lead at the top of the Coastal First division when they beat city rivals and fellow title-chasers FC Fortune 1-0 at a scorching hot Wynberg Military Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The game was very physical and played at a blistering pace throughout the 90 minutes.

The match as a whole was very evenly contested, although it was Avendale who dominated the all-important engine room where Carl Schippers and Keenin Lesch were particularly impressive.

Avendale had the first chance of the game in the 7th minute when defender Gavin Lendis connected with a sweetly-timed volley directly from a corner kick, but his effort flew just over the bar.

FC Fortune's first chance came 10 minutes later when Brent Adonis whipped a ball in for Simon Luwaca, but the latter hurried his shot and fired well wide from only 12-yards out.

In the 37th minute South African U-17 international and former Manning Rangers striker Fadlu Davids received an accurate cross from Ricardo Schippers, but his header lacked the power to trouble home keeper Mark Kapman.

The teams went into the half-time break with the scores still deadlocked at 0-0.

Avendale then took the lead in the 60th minute when former Hellenic and Bafana Bafana striker Grant Young did well to cut in from the right flank and head goalwards.

His shot-cum-strike was too much for the FC Fortune defence to deal with and Davids was on hand to scramble the ball home.

FC Fortune came out fighting as they went in search of an equaliser, but they found it difficult to breach the well organised Avendale rearguard, which was marshalled by another former Hellenic and Bafana Bafana player, Andrew Tucker.

The home team had a number of corners in the last few minutes, but it was not to be as Avendale held on for the win.

Avendale remain top of the log with 33 points, while Fortune drop one place into third as Bush Bucks scored a 3-0 win over Uthukela at the Absa Stadium in East London to move up from third into second.

 

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