Star player Amanda Mthandi steered the UJ team to a 3-1 victory over Tuks and started their Varsity Women’s Football journey on a high note on Thursday night in Potchefstroom.
UJ started off with a flying start as Mthandi scored within the first 10 minutes of the encounter in which they dominated from the whistle.
The women in orange showed true footballing class when Thato Letsoso extended their lead to 2-0 when she took full advantage from a free kick.
Alexandra Michael struck back for Tuks when she managed to narrow the gap to 2-1 before half time as she found the back of the net in what was a fast-paced game.
The second half saw UJ come out starting things just as they ended the first half – on top, as Mthandi scored her second goal to put her side 3-1 up. UJ were awarded a penalty, presenting Mthandi an opportunity to bag a hat-trick, but she failed to put the ball in the net. Tuks left the field with a defeat as UJ were off to a near perfect start.
FNB Player of the Match: Amanda Mthandi (UJ)
Samsung Best Shot Award: Thato Letsoso (UJ)
UJ:1. Miranda Casely Bull, 2. Thato Letsoso, 3. Ntombizodwa Mokenela, 4. Potso Degracia Aphane, 5. Nkazimulo Tshabalala, 6. Amanda Mthandi, 7. Katlego Mabuza, 8. Nolwazi Mathebula, 9. Sebueng Presocious Matabologa, 10. Temoho Motsi, 11. Faa-Iah Hartley.
Subs: 12. Tasneem Smith, 13. Bonisile Nzimande, 14. Beauty Ragkadi Kekana, 15. Charity Rito Valoyi, 16. Kelebongile Matsheka, 17. Monique Gilmour, 18. Lenah Keneilwe Mathabe
Tuks: 1. Kate Radebe, 2. Abueng Nchabeleng, 3. Thandokazi Chithi, 4. Zinise Norris, 5. Katrina Maguire, 6. Tania Oliveira, 7. Temakhwanati Mncina, 8. Natasha De Almeida, 9. Vuyelwa Makhura, 10. Alexandra Michael, 11. Amilcar Thobejane
Subs: 12. Prestigious Sibanda, 13. Sheila Simango, 14. Luchandre McKenzie, 15. Moyahabo Monyemangena, 16. Merelle Malan, 17. Takalani Ndlovu, 18. Thandekile Mnguni.
Maguire Katrina from TUKS with a big sliding tackle during the Varsity Football match between UJ and TUKS at Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds in Potchefstroom