NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 07 WRAP

CT ALL STARS 1 JOMO COSMOS 0

All Stars scored in the opening 11 minutes, had a player sent off one minute later had a second player red-carded in the second half and still held on to beat Cosmos on Friday. It’s not as if the visitors didn’t have chances. Three opportunities hit the woodwork in the first half and the Vosloorus based side must wondering what it will take to beat All Stars with the Cape side having won the last two meetings between the two sides. All Stars climb to 4th while Cosmos drop to 10th.

BLACK LEOPARDS 0 TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 0

A sold out Limpopo derby provided plenty of end to end action, but no goals. Creativity there was in bucket loads and the match flowed from one side of the park to the other, enthralling the fans from both clubs, but both were wasteful in the final third in this first ever meeting between the two sides. Leopards drop one spot to 14th, while TTM FC are just two places and 1 point better off.

ROYAL EAGLES 3 MTHATHA BUCKS 1

Back to back wins for Royal Eagles meant repeat losses for Mthatha Bucks on Saturday. After having to wait for Round six before winning for the first time, the PMB side have two wins in the bag and have jumped from bottom of the log to 6th position. The win didn’t come easy as Bucks’ new signing Nomandela delivered inside of two minutes. The home side settled down and goals from Sauls and former Bucks player Mncube saw them into the break leading 2 – 1. A third goal, from Brown, sealed the deal for Eagles. Royal Eagles still have never lost to Bucks since the Eastern Cape side joined the pro ranks.

UTHONGATHI FC 1 WITBANK SPURS 0

NFD rookies Uthongathi shocked visiting Spurs to register their second win in the NFD and climb from 14th to 9th on the log. Spurs have won just once this season and that was back in Round 1 and lost for the first time on the road.  This was the 1st meeting between the two sides.

SUPER EAGLES 1 UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 1

Tuks were on track to make it 5 wins out of 5 when Moseki slotted home a 12th minute penalty to put the home side on the back foot. However, the NFD newbies Super Eagles who had won their last two home matches, were not willing to allow the side from the capital to end their 4 match unbeaten run and grabbed the equaliser with 15 minutes remaining. Both side are unbeaten in their last 5 outings.

STELLENBOSCH FC 0 RICHARDS BAY FC 0

The NFD logleaders hung onto their 1 point lead at the top of the NFD standings to make it 5 weeks in total at the crest of the league. Although the visitors stay in the relegation zone for a 4th week, there must be a sense of optimism at having taken points off Stellenbosch in Cape Town. Stellenbosch FC are still the only unbeaten side left in the NFD this season and haven’t conceded a goal in their last three matches.

REAL KINGS FC 1 HIGHLANDS PARK 1

New Highlands coach Owen da Gama was minutes away from going 2 for 2 at the Sugar Ray Xulu when the home side scored a stunning headed goal to snatch a share of the spoils. Highlands grabbed the lead just after the half hour mark with regular contributor Mvala poaching his 2nd of the season. Conceding late goals has been a problem for Highlands for a while now and needs to be rectified quickly.

UBUNTU CT FC 0 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 1

With their 4th win of the season, visiting Mbombela jumped into the top 3 on the log. Home side Ubuntu are still the only side in the NFD yet to win a match this season and will remain at the bottom of the log for another week. The win for Mbombela is their 4th win over the Cape side in the past five meetings.