TUT defended their trophy with a humiliating 4-0 win over UJ in Tshwane on Thursday afternoon.
The TUT ladies got off to a good start with Bontle Mashilo driving a threatening shot goalwards, which was inches above the top corner in the fifth minute. UJ seemed stable and kept their focus on creating opportunities and were almost rewarded when Amanda Mthandi made a break before her cross was cleared in the TUT box.
It was TUT who drew first blood when Mashilo finished a beautifully created opportunity from Rachel Sebati in the 15th minute. TUT continued putting pressure on the UJ side and kept on in search of a two-goal cushion. Sebati did not make it easy for the visitors when she made it 2 for TUT in the 25th minute after a strong build-up on the left wing. It was 3 for TUT when Kgomotso Mashiloane converted from a penalty which resulted from a handball in the UJ penalty area. The score was 3-0 to TUT at half time.
TUT got us underway for the second half and continued to bring the game to the UJ side. Refiloe Jane got the fourth for the defending champions, thanks to a well-placed cross from Salome Kekana in the 45th minute. The defending champions kept falling just short of another goal when they failed to complete a series of combinations building up to the UJ goal.
UJ failed to score when the home side opted to show their skill and play in their own box for the last five minutes of the game. The TUT supporters enjoyed watching their side humiliate the UJ ladies as they could not get hold of the ball during the skills show.
The UJ ladies were saved by the whistle when the referee signalled the end to a rather exciting match for the defending champions. The TUT ladies are the 2017 Varsity Women’s Football champions, making it four in four consecutive years.
FNB Player of the Match: Rachel Sebati (TUT)
Samsung Best Shot: Kgomotso Mashiloane (TUT)
Goals: Bontle Mashilo, Rachel Sebati, Kgomotso Mashiloane, Refiloe Jane
TUT: Thabile Malambe, Koketso Tlailane, Salome Kekana, Nokwanda Shabangu, Jabulile Mazibuko, Katlego Khwinana, Bontle Mashilo, Rachel Sebati, Maphuthi Manamela, Refiloe Jane, Kgomotso Mashiloane ©
Substitutes: Mpho Monangwe, Thato Matlala, Mmabatho Dire, Lizzel Mokoena, Dineo Marakalo, Salome Dikgale, Nompumelelo Tshabalala.
UJ: Casely Miranda Bull, Thato Letsoso, Ntombizodwa Mokenela, Degracia Potso Aphane, Nkazimulo Tshabalala, Amanda Mthandi, Rakgadi Beauty Kekana, Nolwazi Mathebula, Prosocious Sebuen Matabologa, Temoho Motsi, Bonisile Nzimande.
Substitutes: Katlego Mabuza, Tasneem Smith, JKelebogile Matsheka, Monique Gilmore, Keneilwe Lenah Mathabe, Hartely Faai-Iqah.
By Thabani Magubane