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Ikeys coach happy with latest game

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Varsity Sports SA interview UCT coach Rowan Hendricks, who was satisfied with the way his side finished the season in their drawn Cape derby with UWC.

 

Although they fell short of getting a victory in the tournament and could not avoid finishing last, Hendricks was pleased with the fight they showed.

UCT scored first, and continued to keep the pressure on as the game played out. A 2-1 lead looked like the home side would get their first and only win of the tournament, but UWC struck back twice. A last-gasp goal from UCT’s Louis Roman-Sopp saw the game end in a stalemate, and allowed the Warriors to expose their fighting spirit.

“We could have had our first win of the tournament. It was ours to lose, because I think UWC didn’t expect us to be this strong or organized in attack and defence.” said Hendricks.

“I don’t normally say this, but we were in control of the match last night,” he went on. “With more time we could have snatched the victory as we ended the match with five strikers!”

Referring to the previous drubbing against UJ, he explained that the team heeded his advice, and as such, learnt from their loss.

“My Ikey Warriors really played well. I told the boys ‘play as if this is your quarter final match.’ They did more than that; you could see it when we scored. We showed that we can take the lead, dominate and even come back from a goal down.”

“At the end of the match, seeing smiles on these players’ faces, knowing they gave their all makes me happy and even if I won’t be around these boys have set a standard now that they should maintain and grow upon.” he added.

The Ikeys’ season is over, but there is hope for next season.