Kovsies Hang On In Cliffhanger
UFS-Kovsies kept their hopes of a semifinal spot alive when they managed to overcome UCT 2-0, thanks to an own goal from Byron Donaldson and a late strike from Jay Jay Groenewald.
The win hands the Bloem students their third win of the competition while the Cape side remain rock-bottom despite a valiant and more determined performance.
The home side enjoyed much of the possession in the early stages of the match and had a golden chance to take the lead in the sixth minute when Louis-Romain Moussi Sopp had a keeper-to-beat chance but Serasengoe Moodie stood tall in the Kovsies goal to keep the score goalless.
The visitors came close to breaking the deadlock in the 12th minute when they werre awarded a free kick outside UCT's box but the home side easily dealt with the threat.
Kovsies were finding it hard to deal with the strong Cape wind and were under all sorts of pressure from a determined UCT who came close yet again in the 25th minute but Moussi Sopp squandered a golden chance from in front of the goals.
The Bloem students started to find their feet in the match and created a few chances of their own, only to be thwarted by an impressive Bevan Adonis in the UCT goals who pulled off two great saves in quick succession.
Neither side managed to break the deadlock as the halftime whistle went.
Both sides came out firing in the second half and it was the visitors who drew first blood in the 52nd minute when Donaldson netted the ball into his own net from a Kovsies freekick.
Moussi Sopp had a second one-on-one chance with Moodie in the 59th minute but the striker failed to take advantage of the chance to bring UCT level.
UCT threw everything they had at their opponents but the Bloem students stood resolute in defence to hold onto their slender lead.
Lukas Metzmacher stepped up to take a freekick for the home side in the 75th minute, and must have thought he had scored, only for Moodie to brilliantly save the attempt at goal.
As the final whistle approached, UCT went all-out to get the equaliser but couldn’t penetrate Moodie's goal. The shot-stopper proving to be the main difference between the sides.
The result was put beyond doubt in the dying minutes of the game when Groenewald showed Moussi Sopp how to score a one-on-one chance after he latched onto a pass from Walter Phori.
The win ensures Kovsies stay alive in the hunt for a semifinal spot.
FNB Man of the Match: Serasengoe Moodie
Samsung Super Striker: Jay Jay Groenewald
For UFS: Donaldson (OG), Groenewald
UCT: 1 Bevan Adonis, 4 Dylan Fine, 5 Gregory Bryer, 6 Byron Donaldson, 7 Jeffrey Tikolo, 9 Louis-Romain Moussi Sopp, 11 Michael Salgado, 13 Steele Katzeff, 14 Jody Brown, 16 Charlie Mbatha, 17 Cody Williams.
Substitutes: 3 Neo Mohapeloa, 8 Khotso Nare, 18 David Frankel, 19 Thamsanqa Malusi, 20 Sepolo Taaso, 22 Yusuf Cachalia, 23 Warren Versfeld.
UFS-Kovsies:1 Serasengoe Moodie, 4 Marathodi Phillies, 13 Tsoeu Mphezulu, 19 Jarred Meyer, 20 Dumisani Tjomelane, 15 Themba Zimo, 10 Simon Modupi, 11 Lehlohonolo Mokoena, 7 Walter Phori, 24 Dylan O’Brien, 6 Manxubandile Bantshi.
Substitutes: 23 Mongezi Mologovane, 3 Unathi Mabandla, 2 Khauhelo Kholotsa, 16 Lehlohonolo Thaele, 14 Glen Rikhotso, 9 Jay Jay Groenewald.