NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 10 WRAP

HIGHLANDS PARK 3 STELLENBOSCH FC 0

Highlands Park went into the International break top of the log after an emphatic win over Stellenbosch FC in a top of the table clash on Saturday. A brace from Mbatha was complimented by the 4th goal of the season from Mvala. Highlands spend their 3rd week at the summit of the log with an unbeaten of 5 matches (4 wins and a draw), while the Cape side slip to 5th, their joint worse position so far this season. Stellenbosch FC have not won in their last four outings, failing to score a goal in any of them. The win for Highlands is only their second over Stellenbosch FC (Vasco) in six meetings.

RICHARDS BAY FC 0 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 0

Richards Bay drew at home for the 4th time this season, but the point was not enough to help them out of the relegation zone where they will spend their 7th week. Visiting Mbombela stay in 4th, 3 points behind logleaders Highlands Park. The sides have both won a match and drawn three in the five meetings to date.

CT ALL STARS 0 REAL KINGS 1

Real Kings registered their first win over the Cape side to climb above their hosts on the log and into the top half of the table. Ndzimande grabbed his first goal of the season for the KZN side. All Stars were hoping that a return home after successive away matches would bring success, but unfortunately they slumped to their 2nd home loss of the season and dropped into the bottom half of the log.

WITBANK SPURS 1 ROYAL EAGLES 1

After a great result the previous week in the Mpumalanga derby, Spurs were hoping to continue their form at home. But, they ended up having to fight from behind after Komane had given visiting Eagles the lead. Makhele finally found the net for Spurs to deny the KZN side the win. Eagles have not won in 3 outings and are down in 12th on the log, while Spurs remain 7th.

MTHATHA BUCKS 1 SUPER EAGLES 1

Mthatha Bucks dropped points for just the 2nd time this season when NFD Rookies Super Eagles scored late to deny the Eastern Cape the win. Nhlabathi scored for Bucks who led 1 – 0 at halftime. The visitors never gave up hope and snatched their 3rd point on the road with a Versuur header with only 6 minutes remaining. While Eagles haven’t won on the road so far this season and are winless in their last four outings, they will take some confidence out of this match. This was the first meeting between the two sides.   

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 1 UBUNTU CT FC 0

TTM FC extended their unbeaten run to 5 matches when they beat bottom of the log Ubuntu on Saturday. The victory took the home side back into the top half of the table. The only goal of the match came from Monde who netted his 3rd of the campaign. For Ubuntu the story gets more serious with every passing week. The Cape side are still the only side yet to win this season and will spend a 6th week in the relegation zone, 5 of which have been at the bottom of the log. With a gap of 5 points to 13th placed Super Eagles, Ubuntu will stay bottom for at least another week when the league resumes after the International break.    

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 1 UTHONGATHI FC 0

Tuks got back to winning ways on Sunday after a three week winless spell to leap up to 2nd on the log, just one point behind Highlands Park. Bruchausen made sure of the points with his 2nd of the season. The visiting KZN side and ABC Motsepe League Champions Uthongathi, have yet to win on the road this campaign but are 4 points clear of the relegation zone in 11th. The match was the first ever meeting between the two sides.   

JOMO COSMOS 2 BLACK LEOPARDS 1

The match between Cosmos and Leopards was always likely to be a humdinger and so it proved in Vosloorus on Sunday. Lidoda Duvha took the lead 10 minutes before the break when Ndlovu latched onto Musonda’s pass and buried his shot. Cosmos had to wait for the 71st minute to equalize and the goal came when Maziya’s pinpoint ball was slotted home by Mntambo for his 2nd goal of the season. Both sides continued to pile on the pressure, but it was the home side who were to come out victorious when Mkhize netted his third of the season with 3 minutes remaining. Cosmos climb to 3rd on the log and are still unbeaten at home, while Leopards slip to 13th.