TUKS 3-1 UWC
The University of Pretoria recovered from an early goal to score three of their own as they beat the University of the Western Cape 3-1 in the first Varsity Football semi-final at the Tuks Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
UWC got off to a perfect start as defender Clinton Herwel fired in from a deflected save to open the visitors’ account within a minute of the start of the match.
UP-Tuks were left reeling from the shock of Herwel’s goal but the home team slowly found their mojo which allowed the University of Pretoria to put immense pressure on UWC.
The men from Pretoria were rewarded for their attacking intent when forward Odwa Makha headed in a beautifully taken corner kick to draw level just before the half-time break.
UP-Tuks picked things up where they left them as defender Simbongile Njokwe made easy work of a wayward header to grab the lead just five minutes into the second half.
There is little doubt that the home team were carried by their vocal supporters, who chanted and danced each time UP-Tuks gained possession or put in a good tackle on a splendidly warm afternoon.
Makha put the result out of reach for the Capetonians as he converted a penalty goal for the University of Pretoria in the 89th minute.
All that UP-Tuks had to do was simply run the clock down to bag yet another final appearance with the venue to be decided after the TUT and CUT semi-final.
FNB Man of the Match: Simbongile Njokwe (Tuks)
Samsung Best Shot: Claudio De Almeida (Tuks)
Goals: Odwa Makha (2), Simbongile Njokwe
Goals: Clinton Herwel
UP-Tuks: Daylan Hawes, Katlego Motihatsang, Simbongile Njokwe, Ludumo Nkebe, Pierre Kok, Claudio De Almeida, Jurgen Booysen, Frank Mpedi, Siphesihle Sosibo, Sabelo Tsambo, Odwa Makha.
Subs: Athenkosi Jojo, Chinedu Okolo, Richard Moremi, Leonel De Mendonca, Clinton Mphahlele, Clement Malmone.
UWC: Renaldo Leaner, Thulani Mkosi, Jay-Dee Adams, Xolela Ndude, Chad Smith, Ayanda Nkunkwana, Josh Silent, Ryan Steer, Clinton Herwel, Xolisa Makubalo, Phiwokuhle Mphahlele.
Subs: Akhona Cawe, Garren Smith, Luke Vester, Aghmat Ceres, Giovanni Gaffoor, Clint Fredericks, Ryan Ramandh.