Varsity Football Round 3: TUT still unbeaten

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Tuks displayed their quality and team ethic as they outperformed UJ in their own backyard as the side from Pretoria ran away with a 3-0 victory, sealing their first victory of the season.

The game started at a frantic pace with the away side looking more lively and likely to score. Tuks were looking dangerous on set pieces, knocking the ball into the danger area, with UJ looking a bit nervous after the first 20 minutes.

As the game settled it was Tuks that grew in confidence, yet their dominance in the first stanza wasn’t rewarded with a goal as the game was tied at 0-0 at the end of the first half.

Tuks that took the lead on 50 minutes as Tiago da Serra made a run from the blind side, and finished calmly in the bottom corner.

UJ aptain Ruwell Jagger took a shot from almost 30 yards and hit the crossbar – the closet the Joburg side came to scoring. However, Tuks silenced the home crowd with a clinical second goal, scored by Mbongeni Masilela, and took firm control of the game.

It was soon 3-0 to Tuks, as Mogau Khiwana piled more misery on the home side. UJ failed to put themselves on the scoresheet and the match ended 3-0 to Tuks, a convincing victory for the team from Pretoria.

UWC’s Varsity Football title defence continued when they drew 2-2 against CUT at the UWC Sports Stadium. It was the champions’ third draw in three games after they played 1-1 and 0-0 in their opening two games against UP-Tuks and Wits respectively.

The visitors from Bloemfontein took the game to the host in the opening 15 minutes, but could not capitalise on their chances as UWC goalkeeper Brent Layman  tipped over Karobo Mojafi’s powerful effort in the fifth minute before saving Orapeleng Manopole’s low shot in the 12th minute.

UWC pushed forward and in the 26th minute Josh Silent fired home from close range as Thulani Mkosi’s flicking header put him through. The goal seemed to have sparked UWC into life. Yet the hosts failed to add to the total as they took a slender 1-0 half-time lead.

The game heated up in the second half as both sides pushed to add to the scoreboard, as CUT found an equaliser in the 66th minute when Katlego Motaung connected a cross from the left. The goal seemed to have given the home side a wake-up call as Silent restored the lead two minutes later when he headed home a Mkosi cross.

UWC looked to have the game in the bag until Motaung got his brace in 83rd minute after some poor defending from the UWC side. The game ended 2-2.

TUT made it three wins from three when they beat UFH 2-1 at the TUT Stadium.

Sipho Sibiya and Jacob Hlalele were on target for TUT as they claimed three points to maintain their position on top of the log. Andile Batyi scored the goal for the visitors.

TUT were the better team throughout the game but were let down by poor shooting. The visitors relied on their offside trap to keep the home team strikers at bay. UFH were first on target when Batyi broke through the home defence to beat TUT goalkeeper Dumsani Msibi in the 33rd minute. However, TUT was not dispirited by the goal and found an equaliser in the 42nd minute via a header by Sibiya to take the game to half time with the scoreboard reading 1-1.

The second half was a replica of first with TUT still in control of the match with FNB Man of the Match Sbusiso Ndlovu calling the shots in the middle of the park. It came as no surprise when the home side increased the scoreline again via a Hlalele header following a brilliant square ball by Katlego Kgetjepe.

TUT continued to control the game and were unfortunate when Dumsani Msibi missed the target from penalty spot after second half substitute Tumelo Mowa was brought down inside the 18 area box by Masilive Nyosi with few minutes before full time.

The referee blew the final whistle with TUT taking the three points after beating UFH, who remain rooted to the bottom of the log without a point.

1        TUT   3    3    0    0    3    0    9
2        CUT   3    1    2    0    2    0    5
3        UP    3    1    1    1    2    0    4
4        UJ    3    1    1    1    1    0    4
5        UWC  3    0    3    0    0    0    3
6        NWU   2    1    0    1    -3    0    3
7        Wits  2    0    1    1    -1    0    1
8        UFH  3    0    0    3    -4    0    0