A cold and windy night at the Operation Room was not conducive for carpet football. It was a game that showed glimpses but failed to live up to expectations. Both sides started the game being cautious and as a result few scoring opportunities were created. It took 23 minutes for the crowd to see a goal scoring opportunity, when winger Makhubalo was put through by De Sousa and the winger had only the keeper to beat but his lobbed effort could only hit the post with Ncube well beaten. Both sides went to the break locked at 0-0.
TUT started the second like a house on fire, making the home side play on the back foot and they managed to get a goal through an own goal by Clinton Herwel. The goal seemed to make the game more open as both sides threw all they had at each other. With fifteen minutes left the home side made changes hoping to get that equalising goal but all changes could not help them get that crucial goal.
This is UWC’s third loss in the 2018 edition and TUT’s first win at the Operation Room. This loss means that UWC is sitting rock bottom of the log and that means a lot of work needs to be done by the Bellville side in order to make sure that they secure a spot in the top four. It’s back to the drawing board for Coach Sallie and his side. The game ended 1-0 to the visitors
Goal: Clinton Herwel (UWC) OG
UWC: Leaner, Miller, Adams, Herwel, Hanslo, Mnqandu, Sebareme, Makubalo, De Sousa, Mpalala, Tefan
Subs: Ramangh, Ngqwemla, Peterso, Makaleni, Mlanjana, Cawe, Makaleni, Masopha
TUT: Ncube, Seema, Sibiya, Mphela, Rapelang, Tshoba, Mahlala, Mangoale, Phatlane, Topi, Zanekile
Subs: Nhlapo, Lehlomela, Nyawo, Leputu, Tlholoe, Tabane, Vilakazi
FNB Player of the Match: Mangoale Nape
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By Dumisani Koyana