Amanda Mthandi and her UJ teamamtes made it two from two after her double strike helped UJ to a 3-1 Varsity Women’s Football win against the hosts on Friday morning at Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds in Potchefstroom.
UJ started the better of the two sides when a through ball found Amanda Mthandi as she slotted past NWU keeper Matsane to open the scoring in the third minute. Mthandi then doubled her advantage shortly thereafter in the 12th minute in a déjà vu moment as another through ball and a defensive slip from Martha van der Westhuizen resulted in her finding the empty net after rounding the keeper.
Thereafter, NWU also had chances to get back in the game with the best one falling to Angelique van Wyk who just couldn’t keep her shot down at the near post.
UJ kept finding space in their opposition’s half and could’ve easily had more goals if their finishing was better. The girls in orange and black had numerous chances in the opening twenty minutes to increase their lead, but were unlucky as their Temoho Motsi and Binsile Nzimande narrowly missed the target on separate attempts.
A swift counterattack then finally paid off for NWU who scored their first goal of the tournament through Annita Sege as the striker beat oncoming keeper, Miranda Bull, to slot the ball into the empty net. That got the small contingent of home supporters cheering as they knew that there was a way back into the match with the score at 2-1 into the break.
The second half got underway with an opportunity from a free kick right in front of goal for NWU’s Nthabiseng Kgotsietsile. Her curling shot beat the wall and fell straight into Bull’s arms.
NWU tried their utmost to get back into the game and played with intent and more patience in the second half. Unfortunately they could not make it count when they came within shooting range.
The game was played at a fast pace and players were very physical in the second half as both teams’ physios had to come to their aid. UJ, though, came out the stronger of the two in the end both literally and figuratively.
UJ put the game to bed with 10 minutes to go when Potso Aphane tapped the ball in from close range after a set piece to make it 3-1.
This is how the score stayed as UJ now claim top spot in Group B.
FNB Player of the Match: Amanda Mthandi (UJ)
Samsung Best Shot Award: Annita Sege (NWU)
Goals: Annita Sege
Goals: Amanda Mthandi (2), Potso Aphane
NWU: Noma Matsane, Ramogale Matemane, Mbali Padi, Martha van der Westhuizen, Tsholofelo Nameleng, Nthabiseng Kgosietsile, Janelee van der Bergh, Angelique van Wyk, Annita Sege, Thando Nyama, Lerato Mahlangu,
Subs: Motshidisi Nyaka, Abigail Martin, Masego Molefi, Owethu Sityata, Catherina Jacobs, Micaela Frade, Gomolemo Tsatsi
UJ: Miranda Casely Bull, Letsoso, Ntombizodwa Mokenela, Potso Degracia Aphane, Nkazimulo Tshabalala, Amanda Mthandi, Beauty Ragkadi Kekana , Nolwazi Mathebula, Sebueng Presocious Matabologa, Temoho Motsi, Bonisile Nzimande
Subs: Tasneem Smith, , Charity Rito Valoyi, Katlego Mabuza Kelebongile Matsheka, Monique Gilmour, Lenah Keneilwe Mathabe, Faa-Iah Hartley.
By Wouter Pienaar