Tuks book their spot in Var­sity fi­nal

Pretoria News - - SPORT - MIHLALI BALEKA

UNIVER­SITY of Pre­to­ria are one step closer to claim­ing their their Var­sity Foot­ball ti­tle af­ter thump­ing Univer­sity of Western Cape 3-1 in the semi-finals. This was Tuks’ sec­ond home vic­tory over UWC in just three days.

The away side side started on a high though mak­ing their in­ten­tions clear as as early as the first minute as de­fender Clin­ton Her­wel put them in front. The vis­i­tors goal came from a set-piece af­ter Tuks mid­fielder Clau­dio de Al­me­nia gave away a free-kick in a deadly po­si­tion.

Her­wel got at the end of de­fender Ryan’s Steer ball and rat­tled the cross­bar with his first at­tempt but af­ter a scram­ble in the box the ball was back at his feet and this time he made no mis­take rat­tling the roof of the net.

The vis­i­tors’ mid­field started on a high mak­ing all the right passes but the game would later open up with Tuks get­ting pos­ses­sion as well.

Home-side duo of Ludumo Nkebe and Sa­belo Ntsabo took the game to vis­i­tors. The for­mer us­ing his skil­ful left foot to pen­e­trate UWC’s de­fence but his front-men failed to get to the end of deadly balls.

Ntsabo was giv­ing UWC de­fender Ryan Steer all sorts of trou­ble but the Capeto­nian de­fence held on.

UWC goalie Re­naldo Leaner was prov­ing to be the dif­fer­ence at that point.

Leaner would be fi­nally be beaten though. Tuks’ Odwa Makha yet again find­ing his scor­ing touch, the tal­is­man headed home from a Jur­gen Booy­sen cor­ner­kick to give his side the much de­served equaliser.

Tuks con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate when the teams came out for the sec­ond half and would get early re­ward for their per­sis­tence as cap­tain Sim­bongile Njokwe scored with a won­der­ful strike.

UWC coach Salie Adams threw num­bers for­ward hop­ing to get his side into the game but the home side’s de­fence was solid.

UWC will won­der how they ddn’t get back on level terms with top score Phi­wokuhle Mpha­lala spurn­ing nu­mer­ous chances.

It was Tuks who would hit the back of the net in­stead af­ter they took ad­van­tage of a sur­pris­ing de­ci­sion be the ref­eree.

In what seemed like a 50/50 chal­lenge be­tween vis­i­tor’s goalie Leaner and Nkebe in UWC’s box, ref­eree Phillip Tinyani sur­pris­ingly pointed to the spot-kick, award­ing the home­side a penalty.

Striker Makha took the re­spon­si­bil­ity and con­verted, get­ting his brace. This took the hit­man’s tally to six goals in eight matches.

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