University of the Western Cape 1 – 0 University of Johannesburg
Varsity Football champions UWC registered their first win of the 2016 campaign when they beat UJ 1-0 at UWC Sports Stadium on Monday 15 August 2016. The win lifted UWC from fifth to third on the log standings and increased their odds of realising the objective of finishing in the top four and securing a semi-final spot.
Following four successive draws for UWC in their opening matches, the game against UJ was not an easy encounter. Both teams fought until the last minute, both hoping to secure a top four spot. But in the end it was UWC who secured the win on their home turf.
In the second half UWC coach Adams brought on Josh Silent and Suhayl Allie, who started in all the previous games but were surprisingly on the bench, and his move seems to have paid dividends. As it turned out, the fans were excited by the changes and rightly so, as it was not long before Silent delivered the winning goal of the game.
Silent came off the bench to score a cracker in the 74th minute – almost from the same position he scored the winning goal in the 2015 final against TUT, on the same field – sending the home supporters into raptures.
FNB Man of the Match: Keenan Davis (UWC)
Tshwane University of Technology 1 -0 NWU Mafikeng
The North-West University Mafikeng team conceded its second defeat in the 2016 Varsity Football tournament, losing by one goal to top-of-the-log team Tshwane University of Technology on 15 August 2016.
A clear crowd favourite and dubbed the best team in terms of ball possession and dominance on the pitch, team NWU-Mafikeng lives to fight another match.
The game between the two teams, flanked by an overflow of supporters for both sides, saw TUT guarantee itself a spot in the tournament semi-finals of this year’s Varsity Football.
NWU-Mafikeng Coach, Amos Xabanisa said “The team created many opportunities in this match, but as has been the case in our previous matches, we failed to create goals from all the opportunities. I am confident that we will improve our game and live up to our reputation.”
FNB Man of the Match: Jacob Hlalele (TUT)
Central University of Technology 3 – 1 University of Pretoria
In a pulsating encounter, the Central University of Technology (CUT) all but booked a place in the semi-finals with a victory over University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks)
UP-Tuks started in the ascendency and came close to taking the lead after a series of corners. After an end-to-end period, a long-ball from Bongani Matsemela found its way into the path of Orapeleng Manopole, who made no mistake to give CUT the lead in the 14th minute. UP-Tuks nearly restored matters but Claudio de Almeida skied his free header. A good delivery from Sabelo Tsambo landed at Frank Mpedi’s feet, whose shot was deflected for a corner. The ensuing corner was successfully negotiated by CUT’s number one, Zolani Ligunya.
Midway through the first half, the visitors were awarded a free-kick just outside the box. Tiago Da Serra’s well-placed effort found its way into the net to level matters.
A spill by Ligunya nearly gifted UP-Tuks the lead, with the home crowd responding with seemingly sarcastic calls for the keeper’s substitution. Tumelo Njoti came close to giving CUT the lead after Abrahm Singozo’s shot was saved. Manopole bagged his brace with a low shot with just over 5 minutes remaining.
In search of an equalizer, UP-Tuks exerted more pressure in the CUT half and were rewarded 21 minutes into the second half. Jurgen Booysen’s corner went straight in through Ligunya’s near post, much to the dismay of the home crowd.
Soon after coming on, Cameron Chweu sent the crowd into ruptures with a close range header to restore CUT’s lead. Frank Mpedi went into the referee’s book for simulation with five minutes remaining. Claudio de Almeida followed when he was dismissed for a second bookable offence. CUT held on to remain unbeaten and all but assure qualification for the semi-finals.
FNB Man of the Match: Orapeleng Manopole (CUT)