Sunday, June 13, 2010
Another side to the Western Cape
Driving out of town was straight-forward and easy, especially with the GPS, and we stopped at a great cafe for a cake & coffee in Stellenbosh, before taking a walk around the quaint town centre. The historic architecture was a refreshing change from the downtown metropolis of Cape Town, and the proximity of the spectacular mountains really made us feel we were somewhere in the French Alps...!
Once again we went to the Fireman’s Arms an hour and a half before kick-off and it was only slightly less crowded than it was for the opening game, but we did manage to get to sit next to each other as the build up continued. There was plenty of England support in the bar and a rousing rendition of the National Anthem echoed around the bar, and Yates did his best to represent the USA somewhat unaided. The game got underway with the best possible start for England, with Stevie G sloting in a sweet shot in the 4th minute. To be honest for most of the 1st half England had very little shape, looked very unsettled, with poor touches from everyone, but they did not look like conceding. Imagine our horror after 40 minutes when a speculative shot from Fulham’s Clint Dempsey seemed to magically slip through the fingers of England’s Keeper, West Hams Robert Green. Oh the humanity...!
The 2nd half looked better for England with the lion’s share of the chances, but the USA stayed strong and kept the score to a disappointing one-all draw. The American defender Onyewu was outstanding at the back, but over-all a draw was not the worst result in the world, and at least Yates and I are still talking to each other...!