A Day For The Underdogs As UL Hold TUT, Wits Win At The Death
Varsity Football followed up a thrilling first round of fixtures with four end-to-end matches in Round Two.
Wits made it a perfect start, beating UWC in stoppage time, while UL shocked TUT by holding the former champions to a draw. NWU beat UKZN to top the log while UJ and Tuks played out to a 1-1 draw.
Game 1: UL hold TUT to a 1-1 draw
University of Limpopo stunned 2016 champions TUT when they held them to a 1-1 draw in their first and only home match of the season. The hosts took the lead through Percy Tokelo and had the half time lead, before TUT drew level with a goal by their talisman Lebogang Phatlane, who bagged his third goal in two games.
Goals: Percy Tokelo
Goals: Lebogang Phatlane
Game 2: Wits snatch victory at the death against UWC
Wits outplayed their opponents to record the first victory again UWC in their Varsity Football history. Wits were the more dominant side and UWC were still in the match late on largely thanks to the efforts of their shot-stopper Renaldo Leaner.
But with just seconds remaining on the clock, Waylan Rooi finished off a slick move and poked home to hand Wits the win and all three points.
Goals: Waylan Rooi
Game 3: UJ and TUT share the spoils with two late goals UJ and TUT played to one of the more exciting draws in Varsity Football history. Although the match was still goalless after 80 minutes the action was end-to-end. Both teams squandered opportunities until UJ’s Mokete Mogaila chipped the Tuks keeper from 30 metres out to score what the home supporters thought was the winning goal. But just minutes later, Tuks equalised when Chinedu Okolo headed in from close range to earn the visitors a point.
Goals: Chinedu Okolo
Goals: Mokete Mogaila
Game 4: NWU too strong for UKZN UKZN hosted NWU, as they looked to redeem themselves after losing their opening match to Wits. NWU were looking to continue their strong start. UKZN found themselves on the backfoot almost as the whistle blew. Just 15 minutes in NWU made the most of their dominance when they were awarded a penalty and Tebogo Mokgobo calmly slotted home to hand his side a 1-0 lead. Lebogang Phetlhu added to their advantage 20 minutes later. That was how the scores remained as NWU top the log after round two.
Goals: Tebogo Mokgobo, Lebogang Phetlhu