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Emphatic wins for Tuks, UJ and UWC

Defending champions UJ continued their winning ways when they beat TUT on the second day of competition in the 2023 Women’s Varsity Football tournament. UP-Tuks and UWC also moved past UKZN and DUT without any trouble.

UP-TUKS 3 UKZN 1

UP-Tuks stamped their authority with an emphatic 3-1 win over UKZN.

The game began in a fairly predictable manner with Tuks controlling proceedings, enjoying the possession and attempts at goal. Siyamthanda Qashani registered the first goal when she received the ball from close range and calmly put it beyond UKZN keeper Sinenhlanhla Mtshali.

It took a further nine minutes for the ladies from Tshwane to double their lead through Lesedi Petlane. The half concluded with Tuks getting their third, through S’bahle Ndlovu who scored in additional time, where she showed composure to finish off a great team move. The halftime break was a much-needed one for UKZN as they went into the interval trailing 3-0.

The second stanza saw less of a goal fest as UKZN looked better defensively and on the attack. It took 56 minutes into the game for the ladies from the Zulu kingdom to make their mark, seeing Zethembiso Vilakazi scoring a great goal from a tight angle to make it 3-1.

Tuks had their fair share of opportunities but credit to UKZN shot-stopper Mtshali, who put in a shift to keep her team in the game. In the end, 3-1 was how things ended, seeing UP-Tuks make it two wins from two games. UKZN on the other hand are still winless but remains with a point that could prove vital.

Scorers: UP-Tuks - Siyamthanda Qashani, Lesedi Petlane, S’bahle Ndlovu.

UKZN - Zethembiso Vilakazi

Player of the match: S’bahle Ndlovu (UP-Tuks)

UP-Tuks: Slindile Duma, Morongwa Manamela, Thando Khubeka, Relebogile Phala, Mmakhgotso Mashishi, Sinamile Mkhwanazi, S’bahle Ndlovu, Lesedi Petlane, Zikhona Mgotywa, Ibanathi Msindo, Siyamthanda Qashani.

UKZN: Sinenhlahla Mtshali, Noncedo Dlulwakho, Nonsikelelo Langa, ZamaShandu Dube, Gugu Mhlongo, Thobeka Buthelezi, Nokukhanya Ngonyama, Sinalo Fam, Zethembiso Vilakazi, Ntombifuthi Mncube, Sphesihle Fihlela.

UJ 3 TUT 1 UJ

Defending champions UJ continued on their winning ways as they beat TUT 3-1 for their second victory.

The first half got underway with UJ looking the more comfortable side on the ball, as TUT failed to get into their more accustomed rhythm in the opening exchanges. UJ got on the board first, when Lusanda Mavundla took a shot from out wide, beating TUT shot-stopper Nelly Nhlapho on the near post to take a 1-0 lead.



A minute later, the TUT defence was left scrambling as Ayesha Moosa managed to dribble past one defender on the edge of the box before unleashing a tame effort that had an awkward bounce and then beat Nhlapho to give UJ a 2-0 lead. TUT had an opportunity of their own when a goal-keeping clearance almost went wrong but unfortunately, the rebound wasn’t well controlled. The break arrived with UJ having a 2-0 cushion.

The second half brought more of a fight from TUT as they looked to find a way back into the game. UJ however managed to stretch their lead about halfway through the second stanza, when Mavundla whipped in a free kick into the far post to make it 3-0.

TUT eventually got their fans going in the 66th minute when a corner was played in and a scramble in the UJ box ended with Asanda Msuthu backheeling the ball into the net to make it 3-1.

Scorers: UJ – Lusanda Mavundla (2), Ayesha Moosa.

TUT – Asanda Msuthu

Player of the match: Ayesha Moosa (UJ)

UJ: Matshidiso Masebe, Nokuthula Sekhukhuni, Kabelo Mokoena, Yolanda Nduli, Boitumelo Rasehlo, Sthembile Sandleni, Shannon Macomo, Sbongakonke Mzobe, Ayesha Moosa, Boipelo Tladinyana, Lusanda Mavundla.

TUT: Nelly Nhlapho, Glanny Mafikeng, Bophelo Mmatli, Asanda Msuthu, Tshogofatso Motlogelwa, Wandile Maluleka, Naledi Thakanyane, Sharol Dineo Ramaoka, Tracey Sibuyi, Yolisa Ntsabo, Paballo Chela.


UWC 4 DUT 1

2022 finalists UWC took to the field against DUT looking to redeem themselves following a disappointing 2-1 loss to UJ in the first round. They managed to do that successfully with a 4-1 victory.

UWC were the clear favourites ahead of the clash and they did not disappoint as winger Thembelihle Zulu fired a shot from a tight angle to hand UWC an early lead.

Their celebrations were cut short as DUT pulled on back through Xoliswa Ngubane who slotted in a rebound from a free kick that hit the post. UWC were in much possession of the ball throughout the half and their efforts paid off on the stroke of halftime through Lindokuhle Gladile’s brilliant free kick. UWC lead 2-1 at the break.

UWC picked up where they left off as Chelsea Daniels finally registered her name on the score sheet following a couple of missed chances in the first half.

The Western Cape side continued their dominance in the second half which forced DUT to commit errors at the back. Lonathemba Mhlongo slotted the fourth goal following a miss clearance from DUT to hand UWC a comfortable 4-1 triumph.

Scorers: UWC – Thembelihle Zulu, Lindokuhle Gladile, Chelsea Daniels, Lonathemba Mhlongo.

DUT – Xoliswa Ngubane.

Player of the match: Chelsea Daniels (UWC)

UWC: Siphesihle Dlamini, Lonathemba Mhlongo, Zikhona Nogqala, Lindokuhle Gladile, Sinegugu Zondi, Khanyisa Manengela, Katlego Mabuza, Tiffany Kortjie, Nabeelah Galant, Thembelihle Zulu, Chelsea Daniels.

DUT: Sanele Mnisi, Ongeziwe Masango, Gugulethu Mdladla, Sanelisiwe Mjoka, Mpelasonto Gwamanda, Kholeka Siphokazi Bhengu, Nokwanda Xulu, Zime Buthelezi, Wandile Nature Dladla, Xoliswa Ngubane, Xolile Duma.


WITS 0 UFH 0

Wits played to a goalless draw against UFH with both teams in desperate search of victories.

Both teams started slow with neither side failing to create clear chances in the first 20 minutes. UFH came close to scoring on the stroke of halftime when Wits committed a foul on the edge of the box, but Ngece Nizole saw her efforts going over the posts.

With Wits still struggling to find their rhythm, it was 0-0 going into the break.

Wits returned from the break full of fire as they started to attack in the wings. The Johannesburg side came close to scoring when UFH defender Zinyusile Bakholise and goalkeeper Dinwayo Amahle failed to communicate but Wits failed to capitalise.

It was a game of set pieces for UFH as they saw two more of their free kicks going over the posts, again from the boot of Nizole who also earned herself the player of the match accolade.

Player of the match: Ngece Nizole (UFH)

Wits: Ayanda Mnyembane, Bridgette Moekwa, Sakhi Mnomiya,Thalente Ntamane, Mahlauli Pitso, Lusanda Nyathi, Francesca Dobrovolsky, Lechia Oliver, Thalente Ntshiza, Magogodi Litlhakanyane, Nthabiseng Ramaisa.

UFH: Dinwayo Amahle, Ngenelwa Zikhona, Zifune Mamela, Sonkwala Amahle, Zinyusile Bakholise, Jaxa Sesethu, Ngece Nizole, Kapiyana Cwayita, Ncayiyana Busiswa, Magqaza Nosikho, Sakela Lime.

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