UWC Heartbreak In Cape Deadlock
UWC saw their Varsity Football play-off hopes go up in smoke as UCT salvaged a 3-3 draw in their Cape derby with a dramatic late goal.
The home side scored in extra time of an uncompromising clash, but it was not enough to avoid finishing the season
winless at the bottom of the standings.
UWC needed a win to keep their slim play-off hopes alive and it showed in the opening exchanges as they made a determined start and forced UCT onto the back foot.
It was a typically physical derby from the outset with a couple of hard challenges flying in on the heavy surface and tempers threatening to boil over.
UCT's opportunities came against the run of play, with the pace of Michael Salgado creating some space on the left, but he was shut down quickly and was not able to trouble UWC goalkeeper Reon October.
It would be the home side to take the lead as a cross from another counter-attack found Charlie Mbatha at the back post, and he kept his composure well to finish in style and put them 1-0 up.
They nearly doubled that lead soon afterwards as Byron Donaldson rose highest to meet a corner, but Dane Samaai was able to clear it on the line as UWC hung tough.
The visitors came up with the equaliser when a mesmerising run down the left by Thulani Mkosi set up Curtley Beukes who made no mistake and levelled the scores.
The Ikeys were back in front before long as another quick counter-attack saw Salgado time his run perfectly and slam the ball past October to give them a 2-1 lead at the half-time break.
UWC landed the next blow as a header from replacement Keenan Davis from a corner saw them draw level again at 2-2 after 15 minutes in the second half.
The game opened up considerably in the final stages as both sides looked to snatch a late win in front of the enthusiastic crowd, and it was UWC replacement Reza Dramatwho came up with the goods as he lobbed UCT goalkeeper David Frankel to give the visitors the lead for the first time in the match.
The final exchanges were frantic as UCT pushed for the late equaliser and it came from a goalmouth scramble at a corner, with Louis-Romain Moussi Sopp getting the final touch.
FNB man of the match: Thulani Mkosi
Samsung Super Striker: Reza Dramat
For UCT: Charlie Mbatha, Michael Salgado, Louis-Romain Moussi Sopp
For UWC: Curtley Beukes, Keenan Davis, Reza Dramat
UCT: 18 David Frankel, 16 Charlie Mbatha, 4 Dylan Fine, 5 Gregory Bryer, 6 Byron Donaldson, 19 Thamsanqa Malusi, 9 Louis-Romain Moussi Sopp, 13 Steele Katzeff, 14 Jody Brown, 17 Cody Williams, 11 Michael Salgado.
Substitutes: 1 Bevan Adonis, 10 Lukas Metzmacher, 7 Jeffrey Tikolo, 8 Khotso Nare, 20 Sepolo Taaso, 22 Yusuf Cachalia, 24 Kurt Allie.
UWC: 1 Reon October, 8 Mxolisi Nxumalo, 3 Robin van Rensburg, 4 Dane Samaai, 23 Jason Brown, 6 Akhona Bonga, 7 Thulani Mkosi, 10 Tapelo Sixishe, 12 Phiwokuhle Mpalala, 15 Wade Crowie, 9 Curtley Beukes.
Substitutes: 16 Siphosethu Pitoyi, 14 Ayanda Nkunkwana, 11 Mfundo Majola, 13 Keenan Davis, 11 Mfundo Majola, 24 David Morgan, 21 Reza Dramat, 18 Mubeen Mookrey.