NWU Earn Vital Away Win, Beating UJ
Varsity Football Round 6 Match Report: UJ 0-3 NWU
NWU manage to pull off an important upset away from home to increase their chances of reaching the knockout stages of Varsity Football, as they beat UJ 3-0 on Thursday night.
The match began in edgy fashion as both teams had a feel for one another, the wet field making it hard for the players to get comfortable and pass along the pitch. Visitors, NWU, aimed to throw everything they had at UJ. Cameron Chweu played well for NWU and looked like the man who might break the deadlock, linking up very well for his fellow teammates. It was an important game for both teams.
It was a tough first half for UJ, who were unable to stamp their authority in the game as the home team. NWU played like they had nothing to lose, by taking advantage of a UJ midfield that was not compact enough. This left the defence vulnerable and forced Dane Fortuin to make a late tackle on the edge of the box. Cameron Chweu managed to squeeze the resulting free kick below the wall and Sandile Mabtha was on top of the rebound, 0-1 to NWU.
Towards the end of the first half, the NWU boys looked focused and ready to fight for all three points. UJ were conceding many corners, as it was looking far from the performance the fans expected.
In the second half, UJ came out guns blazing with Manqoba Luvuno blasting one just over the crossbar. It was tense in Johannesburg as UJ were desperate to get a handle on the game. The Mafikeng boys changed their strategy, aiming to catch the home side on a counter, which paid off when Cameron Chweu capitalized again and the UJ keeper, Damaine van der Walt, fumbled the ball. The lead doubled – NWU up by two.
UJ were desperate and Katlego Ntsabaleng was introduced to inject some pace up front. Ntsabaleng and Fredericks combined well, but when Fredericks missed a free header and Pogiso Mabote hit the upright and it was clear that it wasn’t going to be UJ’s day.
In the dying minutes, NWU managed to put the final nail in the coffin through Mabtha, as they collected all three points.
The match ended 3-0 to NWU, who moved up to second on the log with 10 points.