It was pretty much a one-way affair from then on as UWC set up camp in the Celtic half of the ground for long spells of the match
The annual Sasol League National Championship play-offs got off to a rollicking start yesterday morning at the Galeshewe Municipal Stadium, with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) claiming the scalp of Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 in the first of the day’s three games.
UWC took the lead midway through the first half via right winger Molatelo Kobo who dribbled past her marker and lobbed a shot over an advancing Bosija Sedilame, the Celtic’s goalkeeper to take a 1-0 lead.
It was pretty much a one-way affair from then on as UWC set up camp in the Celtic half of the ground for long spells of the match.
Kobo again got on to a well laid pass which had started with a deep clearance by UWC central defender Jaime Lee Witbooi, who put a long ball into the centre where Kobo made a run for the Celtic posts. This time Kobo slid the ball under the Celtic shot-stopper who had left her defence line unprotected and it was 2-0.
UWC’s third and final goal came just after the first water break, which was necessary in view of yesterday’s searing Kimberley heat. Striker Khanya Xesi latched on to a stray ball in a goal area melee, and shot into Celtic’s open net for their third goal.
Kobo was later awarded “Queen of the Match” status.
Northern Cape Sasol champions, Richmond United next took the field to take on an inspired and organised Durban Ladies side in a group B clash that the seaside team dominated all the way.
This match started on a very confusing note for the referees and spectators alike. Before the start of the game it became clear that it was going to be a chore to tell the teams apart. They were both kitted out in red and black strip.
The referee tried to let things go, but stopped play seconds into the game and ordered the visiting Durban side to change to an away strip of red and white.
Shortly after the restart Durban’s Precious Zondi appeared from the middle to take a beautiful strike at the post to take the lead 1-0. The Durban side had better mastery of the ball and pushed it around very much at will as United scrambled to cut off their forward forays.
The Durban side got lucky again after the water break as Sithembile Shange slotted home their second goal from open play.
The first half ended and it looked as though the Richmond side were still in with a chance, as a mere two goals separated the sides. However, when the second half resumed the Durban Ladies were all fired up and they piled five more goals past United by the hour mark. At the final whistle Durban had slain United 7-0 in the Northern Cape heat.
Durban’s Sthembile Shange walked away with the “Queen of the Match” title worth R2 000.
Meanwhile, the DFA has it on good authority that all nine provincial Sasol champs competing in this week’s national play-offs will comprise the bulk of members to the new Women’s Professional football league which we reliably learned is also likely to be sponsored by Sasol. The new league will start in April.