University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks) has defeated the University of Cape Town (UCT) 2-1 today where UCT was left a little stunned when Michael Salgado scored the first goal against them.
Slowly the defending champions fought their way back into the game and it was only a matter of time before they equalized and then took the lead.
UCT’s defence deserves praise for showing incredible heart against a team that has such star-quality. It did not take UCT long to test out the UP-Tuks keeper, a stinging shot came in before the first minute was up but it found its way straight to the shot-stopper’s hands.
Right from the outset the game looked to be a physical one with Byron Donaldson from UCT having to step off the field with a bloody nose after a clash in the box. Tuks soon wrestled back the momentum from UCT’s early flourish – Lucky Mathosi and Lawrence Ntswane both having a crack at goal but both shots were with too wide or too high.
Finally, it was Mathosi, another goal scorer from last week, who was able to level things up with a headed goal. At half time the game stood dead-locked at 1-1.
Tuks came out for the second-half full of fire as they looked to take the advantage, it was UCT who were left scrambling to clear their box over and over again. With less than a quarter of the game to go UCT hearts sank as Tuks finally managed to find their elusive goal. Mbongeni Masilela the man to score the goal after a diving header in the box saw the ball bounce off the posts and in.
The FNB Man of the Match was Lucky Mathosi.
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