Kgomotso Mashilwane scored two goals to secure TUT’s fifth consecutive Varsity Women’s Football final.
It was a relatively quiet first half with both teams making sure to keep their midfield tight and their defence solid, and even though they had their fair share of chances, it was a stalemate going into half time.
Tuks had an immense chance in the second half after an error by goalkeeper Mapaseka Mpuru, but TUT’s defenders were strong enough to clear the ball from danger. TUT kept testing Tuks’s defence, with Kgomotso Mashilwane finally finding her way to the back of the net to put TUT 1-0 ahead with ten minutes left of play.
Almost immediately Thalea Smidt struck for Tuks, but Mpho Monangwe made an essential save to deny her entry and keep her team 1-0 up. Kgomotso Mashilwane put the final nail in Tuks’s coffin when she scored her second goal to cement TUT’s spot in the final.
TUT are set to take on UWC in the final taking place on Thursday 27 September in Johannesburg.
FNB Player of the Match: Katlego Khwinana
Samsung Moment of Brilliance: Mpho Monangwe
Goals: Kgomotso Mashilwane (2)
TUT: 1. Mpho Monangwe, 6. Ronifwa Dzivhani, 9 Gabonnelwe Kekana, 19. Amanda Molefe, 11. Lebogang Rakhuduwe, 16. Rachel Sebati, 3. Lerato Williams, 21. Jabulile Mazibuko, 8. Katlego Kwhinana, 15. Kgomotso Mashilwane, 7. Hildah Magaia.
Reserves: 27. Charity, Malatji, 10. Lizzel Mokoena, 2. Thato Matlala, 4. Nokwanda Shabangu, 20. Nomhle Sangweni, 14. Rethabile Mohlouoa, 5. Dineo Marakalla.
Tuks: 1. Mapaseka Mpuru, 10. Thalea Smidt, 18. Duduzile Qwabe, 6. Tarabhan Pemu, 17. Alexandra Michael, 7. Simamkele Tshuku, 12. Relebogile Phala, 5. Thandokazi Chithi, 2. Nicole October, 15. Zinise Norris, 11. Khodani Manyanya.
Reserves: 19. Shannon Classen, 14. Lerato Moshoeshoe, 8. Natasha de Almeida, 13. Mbali Mdlulu, 22. Lucia Ramela, 22. Lucia Ramela, 4. Yonela Cele, 21. Nikiwe Nyamade.
By Bronwen Bain