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U.K.I was crowned the new champion of the Moshiko Soccer League on Saturday, clinching the title on penalties in a thrilling match against SA Seniors.
Uriel Roodyn was the hero with an outstanding display in goal, saving two penalties while smashing home the decisive spot kick.
The result caused heartbreak for the Africans as they lost an astonishing fifth final in the last nine years.
From the kickoff the game was quick and tight as both teams refused to give any ground in the opening exchanges.
The Seniors took advantage of U.K.I's deep play as Leib Ziskin burst through, unleashing a fierce drive into the bottom left corner.
After the break U.K.I stepped up the pressure and captain Yoni Schimmel played a clever pass to the superb Yoni Schurder, who in turn sent a long ball to Yanki Baddiel.
Baddiel made no mistake and in one movement controlled, turned and scored a brilliant volley, sending the game into extra time.
Israel Gurt tormented SA's defense and Ilan Shapiro's skill and energy was key for U.K.I.
But despite having a player sent off, the Seniors continued with their renowned resilience and spirit, holding out for a penalty lottery.
Gurt and Schimmel scored their penalties, but it was Roodyn's saves and goal that sent the U.K.I fans and players into wild celebrations as they deservedly were crowned Moshiko Champions.
In other Moshiko Soccer League news, Giblets' Micha Rechdiener was awarded Golden Boot with an impressive 17 goals and U.K.I's Yoni Schurder was named player of the season for his flawless defensive dominance.