Defending champions TUT swept past CUT with a convincing victory in the second round of the 2023 Varsity Football competition. NWU also outscored VUT while elsewhere there were draws for UFH against UFS and UWC against UJ.
UWC 0 UJ 0
UWC fought hard to salvage a point following a 0-0 draw against UJ Football at the UWC Sports Stadium.
The game started at a high tempo with both teams looking dangerous. At 15 minutes, UWC put pressure on UJ's defenders as Devon Nolan's close strike went wide and the score remained 0-0.
The high intensity of the match was pilingand the home side continued to be the better team creating several good chances.
UWC had two clear chances to take the lead just before the end of the first half but their attempts failed as the UJ goalkeeper Lona Richard Banga pulled out an outstanding one-handed save.
Ten minutes into the second half, UWC was awarded an indirect free kick after Matthew Petersen was tackled just a few inches outside the UJ penalty box but Petersen's kick went over the crossbar with the score remaining the same.
UWC centre-back Damian Overmeyer had a clear chance to find the back of the net but Banga saved the day once again.
UWC captain Craig Joemath was stretchered off after a collision with a UJ defender and the home side continued to play with 10 men.
As the match was approaching the end, UJ created numerous chances as the Johannesburg-based team made it clear that they wanted to walk away with something.Leathan Croats however made two crucial saves to prevent it and the match ended in a draw.
Player of the match: Richard Lona Banga (UJ)
UWC: Leathan Croats, Craig Joemath, Damian Overmeyer, Jadan Zeeman, Siyabulela Mcimeli, Sandile Nomjila, RelebohileMatima, RiyaazKoopstadt, Devon Nolan, Leandro De Sousa, Khanya Alex Dyani.
UJ: Lona Richard Banga, Karabo Modisane, Thabo Moshikere, MaseleseleMakoti, NgwakoRamaloko, Advocate Mokwena, Tumelo Molubi, Ntokozo Mathobela, Malik Mashinini, Mongezi Mncube, TokolohoVilakazi.
UFH 1 UFS 1
UFH walked away with a one-all draw against UFS at the Davidson Stadium.
Both teams began the game with a high degree of intensity. It took only ten minutes for UFS to score, with a wonderful cross from left-back Iviwe Dyabuza that found Meya Reatlehle free for a tap-in.
In the dying minutes of the first half, UFH was awarded a penalty, which Athenkosi Dobefailed to convert due to a stunning stop by the UFS goalkeeper. The teams headed into the break with UFS leading 1-0.
UFH began the second half with a sense of urgency. Their stellar defence made life difficult for UFS who were struggling to find the right channels. UFH had a second penalty, which was missed by attacker Sinobom Kapase. They kept pushing, and lucky for them, Kapase struck the back of the net with a fantastic finish to tie the score.
UFH defensive midfielder Thabani Mqambelitook an early shower a few minutes after the goal, reducing the team to ten men. UFS appeared to be suffering in this game and was depending more on crosses. A highlight of the game for UFS was that they mostly won second balls but were unable to break the stubborn UFH defence.
In the added minutes of the game, both teams were looking for that winner but were not successful and the game ended in a draw. Unfortunately, the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Goal Scorers: Meya Reatlehile (UFS), Sinobom Kapase (UFH)
Player of the match: Iviwe Dyabuza (UFS)
UFH: Lihle Vathu, AthenkosiJezi, SomelezeKapteni, BonkeNxiwa, MbekoBungane, ThabaniMqambeli, AthenkosiDobe, BubeleGcuku, SihleMathumbu, LonwaboBooi, SinobomKapase.
UFS: TisetsoSeodinyane, IviweDyabuza, Obakeng Seekoei, Aphiwe Zulu, Thandolwethu Khoza, Lizwi Kunene, Ethan Goldstone, Eon Pieterse, ArlonsoDiedricks, Sambulo Sithole
TUT 6 CUT 2
It was the Ronald Mabaso show in Bloemfontein on Thursday night as defending champions TUT thumped CUT.
Mabaso scored twice on either side of the halftime break for a complement of four goals as TUT beat the new boys on the block 6-2.
In the first half, it was certainly the visitors that made better use of their chances as they managed to race to a 4-0 lead by the break. Mabaso’s first two goals as well as those by Tiego Mathebe and captain Tebogo Lekaba handed the visitors a clear advantage.
Lehlohonolo Nkaekae and Pule Thekiso both managed to score for CUT in the second stanza, and it was Nkaekae’s free-kick in particular that was something special as it had David Beckham written all over it. Thekiso’s header into the back of the net in itself was the result of a sublime low cross by Nkaekae.
Mabaso added insult to injury by netting twice more to hand his team a comprehensive win and CUT their first defeat.
CUT : 49’ Lehlohonolo Nkaekae 1-4, 71’ Pule Thekiso 2-5
TUT: 28’ Ronald Mabaso 0-1, 33’ Mabaso 0-2, 43’ Tiego Mathebe 0-3, 45’ + 2 Tebogo 0-4, 60’ Mabaso 1-5, 80’ Mabaso 6-2
Player of the match: Ronald Mabaso
CUT: Motlalentwa Jacob Mbolekwa , LefaMatlase, Simo Ndlovu, Khotso Mphene, Tumelo Mothabeng, Mpho Alex Ngcobo, Pule Macdonald Thekiso, OratileMothibedi, PogishoDikole, TiisetsoMpholoana, LehlohonoloNkaekae.
TUT: Luyanda Madindi, Alan Moja, Mekdiwe Bongani Ncenya, Tebogo Lekaba, Ndumiso Kubheka, ThusoMlamla, Anda Yamile, Hendrick MncedisiXaba, Ronald Mabaso, TshiamoMahome, TiegoMathebe.
NWU 3 VUT 0
After a 0-0 draw in their first game against UJ, NWU scored an impressive 3-0 victory over VUT on home turf at the NWU Mafikeng Stadium
The initial attempt at netting a goal by the NWU squad materialised just five minutes into the first half, only to be thwarted by the vigilant VUT goalkeeper.
The pivotal moment arrived when the unstoppable Lesedi Bakai, positioned on the right flank of the team, expertly tapped in a cross, propelling NWU to a 1-0 lead at the 38-minute mark.
As the second half commenced, both teams exhibited unwavering determination, yet it was once again NWU that exhibited greater hunger. 30 minutes into the second half Heaven Sereetsi orchestrated a two-touch play on the left side of the field before unleashing a shot that extended NWU's advantage to 2-0.
NWU scored their third goal in the 88th-minute courtesy of a skilful buildup by Reatlegile Kgosithebe, who converted a one-on-one opportunity against the VUT goalkeeper.
Scorers: Lesedi Bakai, Heaven Sereetsi, ReatlegileKgosithebe
Player of the match: Lesego Motsepe (NWU)
NWU: Kamogelo Matane, Lucas Seromo, Kananelo Motsoeneng, Khopotso Moshapo, ApheleleSibisi, Lesego Motsepe, Pascual Tivane, Thabang Majoro, ReatlegileKgosithebe, Lesiba Mahlong, Heaven Sereetsi.
VUT: Thabiso Simon Moeketsi, Sizwe Sibeko, KgotsoNhlapo, PerceveranceMashabane, Medupi Thokolo, Kgabo Ngoepe, Simamkele Masiza, Ntokozo Mgidi, Jabulane KoketsoMazibuko, Roger Modiba, Kgahlisho Kgomoeswana.
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