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The Crusaders could only field seven players, while the Junior Tigers had a full compliment of 11 players

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A Sasol women’s football league match was played on Sunday at the Sweepers Football ground between the local Crusaders and the visiting Junior Tigers team from Pampierstad.

As seems to be the habit with these two teams the game ended in a tie, this time a 3-all draw. The result could have been much different had Crusaders fielded a full-strength team. However, the hosts could only field seven players, while Junior Tigers had a full complement of 11 players.

In the corresponding fixture last season, at the same venue, the final score was 5-all.

On Sunday the first goal came in the second minute of the game when Tiger’s player Molaga Kamogeto gave the visitors an early lead. This goal was a wake-up call for the hosts who began to push ahead, especially Joselyn Jafta, who passed the ball to Thato de Leeve, who narrowly missed out on levelling matters.

However, De Leeve did score Crusaders’ first goal, after she put the ball past Tigers’ goalkeeper Patience Seane later in the half, to even the scores.

Shortly after Crusaders had levelled matters Tigers went ahead again through a goal by Tumelo Lundile, taking the half-time score to 2-1.

Crusaders were dealt another blow just before the half-time whistle blew, when an eighth player joined the match in the 38th minute without informing the referee. The match official was unimpressed and proceeded to show a yellow card to the Crusaders official.

Early in the second half Crusaders were awarded a penalty for a handball infringement inside the box, which was successfully taken by Geraldine Ninivie, to level the score at 2-all.

It was in the 60th minute that Tigers once again took the lead, 3-2, with a great header by Lesetedi Botshoko, but Crusaders with their seven players were not quite finished yet when, just six minutes later, Ninivie had the final say with an equaliser, taking the final score to 3-all.

The match between Royal Wizards and Carnarvon did not take place as Carnarvon did not pitch. Wizards were awarded the points.

Meanwhile, in a Sol Plaatje Masters League game, also played on Sunday at the Colville Grounds, Saints hammered Meteors 4-0.

Giddy van Rooyen