PSL sides dominate '06 Bayhill Cup
The Under-19 sides of several PSL Castle Premiership teams made their presence felt at the annual Bayhill Cup, coming first, in three, and second, in four, of the eight groups, respectively.
Ajax Cape Town, Moroka Swallows and Silver Stars have managed to top their groups whilst, Pretoria-based sides Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United, Wits University and Santos could only come second in their groups at the end of the round robin stage on Saturday, March 15.
The young 'Urban Warriors' team leads Group A, after winning all three their matches, and scoring a whopping eight goals, whilst not conceding any in the process. The Ajax goal-spree was led by Arthur Mbenyane, who scored five of the goals and is the tournament's leading goal-scorer.
Swallows also registered the highest number of goals and wins in Group C. The 'Junior Birds' played three matches, winning two, drawing one and scoring three goals in the process.
Silver Stars are clearly showing signs of emulating their senior side, which campaigns in the PSL Castle Premiership, by becoming the suprise package of the tournament.
The 'Cubs of the North' have emerged at the top of Group D after playing three matches, and drawing all three, but scoring a whopping 10 goals in the process to finish on nine points.
The Bayhill Cup 2006 has not been short of visits from talent scouts, team managers, administrators and thousands of soccer enthusiasts, all of whom have come to watch the next generation of soccer stars in action.
One of the biggest names to have graced the tournament, which is also known as the Metropolitan Cup, is Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy, who now plays for FC Porto, whilst the likes of Shaun Permall (Moroka Swallows), David Kannemeyer (Mamelodi Sundowns), Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos, Greece), and Bradley August (Tembisa Classic) have all made a name for themselves at the Bayhill Cup.
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