UJ secured a valuable 4-0 victory over defending champions UP-Tuks in Pretoria to move to the top of the Varsity Football standings.
The Johannesburg side followed up on their victory over NMMU last week in fine style, with UP-Tuks’ first defeat of the season leaving them down in fourth position on the standings.
The visitors made a determined start to the game as they took the game to UP-Tuks and managed to keep hold of the ball in opposition territory.
UJ thought they had opened the scoring from a header, but the goal came from a foul on the UP-Tuks goalkeeper and did not stand.
The home side were forced to depend on counter-attacking opportunities, and had a goal from prolific striker Lucky Mathosi disallowed for a foul in the area.
Instead it would be UJ with a 1-0 lead at half-time, with replacement centre back Matthew Edwards scoring the opening goal with a header from a free kick.
The home side made two changes at half-time as they looked to chase the game, and they posed an immediate threat on the UJ goal from an early free kick.
With more UP-Tuks players pushing forward there were a few counter-attacking opportunities for UJ, but neither side managed to produce any real threats on goal.
However, that changed when UJ were able to extend their lead with Sandro Claro drilling the goal home to make it 2-0.
The final stages of the match were tense as UP-Tuks threw absolutely everything at UJ, but UJ midfielder Tebogo Mandyu made it 3-0 when he unleashed a stinging shot into the top left corner.
There was still time for a fourth goal, as Ruben De Freitas had the final say to cap a comprehensive performance from his side.
FNB Man of the match: Tshepo Tolo
Samsung Super Striker: Tebogo Mandyu
For UP-Tuks: None
For UJ: Matthew Edwards, Sandro Claro, Tebogo Mandyu, Ruben De Freitas
UP-Tuks: 32 Lebo Ngubeni, 3 Robin Swartz (captain), 8 Nicholas Killas, 13 Lindsay Stowman, 2 Botshelo Mfulwane, 4 Lawrence Ntswane, 10 Jeremiah Nkwana, 18 Lucky Mathosi, 15 Jarryd Van Den Berg, 5 Simbongile Njokwe, 9 Mbongeni Masilela.
Substitutes: 1 Nicholas Stothard, 17 Irvin Tshabalala, 22 Dean Wilkinson, 14 Tebogo Galane, 20 Thabo Ndlovu, 7 Luke Steyl, 11 Richard Moremi.
UJ: 1 Trent Harrison, 22 Wisdom Mathebula, 21 Grant Bruchhausen, 6 Lwazi Nogenga, 5 Lerato Tleane, 23 Tebogo Mandyu, 11 Tshepo Tolo, 7 Ruben De Freitas, 18 Ponshu Nyathi, 13 Sandro Claro, 14 Karl Clements.
Substitutes: 16 Mduduzi Khumalo, 2 Matthew Edwards, 9 Lumkile Dava, 19 Ruwell Jagger, 8 Brian Monyonye, 20 Steven Sibanyoni, 15 Omphile Majwafi.