Local News 29.7.2016 11:56 am

TUT keep momentum in Varsity Football

TUT celebrate after Jacob Hlalele from TUT scored a goal.
Photo by: SASPA

TUT celebrate after Jacob Hlalele from TUT scored a goal. Photo by: SASPA

Two goalless draws and six goals summed up a cold second round of Varsity Football on Monday.

Round two of the Varsity Football was played in wintery conditions throughout the country.

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) remain undefeated after an away win against local rivals University of Pretoria, which sees the capital city-based side summit the eight-team log.

The rivalry between the sides dates back to last season when TUT knocked out UP in the semi-finals, to eventually lose to the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

The cold was too much for UWC who travelled to Johannesburg to face Wits University in a match that finished in a 0-0 draw.

However, the home side improved from their last game that they lost 2-1 to leaders TUT. The Braamfontein-based side are sixth with one point, while UWC are in position five with one point.

Staying in Joburg, the spoils were shared between the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Varsity Football debutants Central University of Technology (CUT), who both make-up three top three.

UJ come from an emphatic 6-2 demolition of North West University-Mafikeng (NWU), who bounced back with a 3-2 win against Fort Hare University (UFH).

NWU-Mafikeng head coach, Amos Xabanisa, says the win was worth their traveling.

“A well-deserved win for the team considering the painstaking and grueling training we underwent in preparation of this match and what better way to claim victory than to a packed stadium full of our supporters,” he said.

“We missed quite a lot of chances. Everything we did, our passing and ball possession was good. We dominated on the pitch and put pressure on the team. Overall we played well. It will improve as we progress in the tournament,” he added.

UFH are the only side to have not registered a single point after two games as they find themselves at the bottom of the log, with two-time winners Tuks above them with a single point.

The third round will take place next week Monday, with second from bottom Tuks, and second from top UJ going head-to-head at the UJ Stadium in Soweto, while leaders and 2015 finalists TUT welcome rock-bottom UFH.

In mid-table action, last season’s semi-finalists, Wits, welcome NWU-Mafikeng, while defending champions UWC welcome Free State-based CUT.

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results

Pirates 1-1 P Stars
Maritzburg Utd 0-1 P City
Highlands Park 1-1 CT City
Celtic 1-2 Arrows

fixtures

FS Stars vs Chiefs
Arrows vs SuperSport Utd
Baroka vs Chippa Utd
Arrows vs Chippa Utd

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Arrows 4 9
2 Orlando Pirates 4 8
3 Cape Town City 5 8
4 Polokwane City 5 8
5 Bidvest Wits 3 7
6 Kaizer Chiefs 4 7
7 Platinum Stars 4 5
8 SuperSport United 4 5
9 Chippa United 2 4
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Baroka FC 4 4
12 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 4 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1