NMMU failed to turn on the magic that saw them reach last season’s final as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat to newcomers UJ
The home team started strongly with some good possession, passing the ball around. UJ’s early pressure almost paid off when they got the first chance at goal, but the free-kick from just outside the penalty area went wide and posed no threat to the visitors. The match turned fiery later in the first-half with both sides committing cynical fouls.
UJ sent the boisterous home fans into rapture early in the second half when after ten minutes midfielder Ponshu Nyathi put them ahead after some good interplay in the middle of the park. The home side seemed to be boosted by the goal and kept the pressure on their visitors with some exciting football as the second-half progressed. They were rewarded again in the 22 minute when Nyathi found his way into the area again before beating Madibaz’ goalkeeper Lyndsay Jennings to make the score 2-0 to UJ.
Last year’s finalists then succumbed to a third in the 80th minute after some dreadful defending allowed striker Tebogo Mandyu to go on a mazy run before unleashing a low drive to make the score 3-0.The score stayed 3-0 to the newcomers and the match ended after 93 minutes much to the delight of the home team, who will be pleased to record an upset over last season’s number two team. FNB man of the match: Ponshu Nyathi
Bringing much of the excitement often seen at American baseball games, Varsity Sports events are renowned as much for their athletic mettle as they are for their showmanship, with flashy cheerleaders, pyrotechnics, thumping music and blaring fans. The concept is that of a playground, where the best footballers can test themselves against their peers. Market-leading brands sponsor the platform, with Samsung, Debonairs Pizza, FNB, Cell C and Jet Mart as the lead football sponsors.
CEO for Varsity Sports, Duitser Bosman says, “The excitement and quality of Varsity Football is what draws the crowds to these events. These high-energy events are well organised and offer huge spectator entertainment.”
Marketing Executive for Varsity Sports, Guy Loxton adds, “Varsity Sports is seeing many promising sportsmen and women successfully compete at its events and gain the attention they deserve.”
The third round of Varsity Football will roll out from 04th August, 2014 in Bellville, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Mafikeng. With seven more weeks of non-stop and explosive football action to look forward to, get yourself down to games in your province to experience next week Monday’s excitement first hand. Matches commence at 16:45, 18:00 and 19:00.
For those living further afield, be sure to watch all the drama unfold by following non-stop Varsity Sports action on SuperSport channels 210 and 204 next Monday. The programme follows:
|DATE||NO||TIME||HOME TEAM||VS||AWAY TEAM||VENUE||TV|
|04-Aug-14||9||16:45||UWC||vs||KOVSIES||UWC SPORTS STADIUM||√|
|11||18:00||NMMU MADIBAZ||vs||UCT||NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM|
|12||18:00||NWU||vs||LIMPOPO||NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM|
|14||19:00||NWU||vs||UCT||NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM||√|
|15||18:00||NMMU MADIBAZ||vs||UWC||NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM|
|18-Aug-14||17||16:45||KOVSIES||vs||NMMU MADIBAZ||SHIMLA PARK||√|
|20||18:00||UWC||vs||LIMPOPO||UWC SPORTS STADIUM|
|25-Aug-14||21||16:45||NWU||vs||UJ||NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM||√|
|22||19:00||NMMU MADIBAZ||vs||LIMPOPO||NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM||√|
|23||18:00||UWC||vs||TUKS||UWC SPORTS STADIUM|
|24||18:00||UCT||vs||KOVSIES||UCT RUGBY FIELDS|
|01-Sep-14||25||16:45||UCT||vs||UWC||UCT RUGBY FIELDS||√|
|26||19:00||TUKS||vs||NMMU MADIBAZ||TUKS STADIUM||√|
|28||18:00||UJ||vs||LIMPOPO||BUNTING ROAD CAMPUS SPORTS COMPLEX|
|08-Sep-14||29||16:45||2ND ON LOG||vs||3RD ON LOG||TBC||√|
|30||19:00||1ST ON LOG||vs||4TH ON LOG||TBC||√|
|15-Sep-14||31||19:00||WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL||WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL||HIGHEST ON LOG||√|