NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 13 WRAP

STELLENBOSCH FC 1 SUPER EAGLES 0

The pressure has lifted a little on Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker as the Cape side won for the first time in 7 weeks on Friday. That problem probably reverts to his opposition coach now, whose team has lost two in a row and sunk to 13th on the log. A first half goal from Tony Zwane was enough to see the home side to glory. It was his first goal of the season. This was the first meeting between the two sides.

ROYAL EAGLES 1 BLACK LEOPARDS 1

3 matches unbeaten for the new Leopards coach has seen Lidoda Duvha consolidate their midtable position, but still leaves the club 9 points behind logleaders Highlands Park. Although Royal Eagles stay 14th on the log, the draw was enough for the home side to increase their advantage over 15th placed Richards Bay to 2 points. Musonda appears to have regained his confidence and has scored in the last three matches for Leopards, while Joshua Sauls bagged the goal for Eagles. The Musonda goal was the first conceded at home by Eagles against Lidoda Duvha in three and a half seasons.         

UBUNTU CT FC 0 CT ALL STARS 2

Any hopes of a repeat of last weeks’ Mthatha Bucks result for Ubuntu were dashed by city rivals All Stars on Saturday as goals from Saal and Setelele gave the visitors their first win and first goals in 4 outings and a place in the top half of the table. Ubuntu will remain at the bottom of the table for an 8th week and still without a home victory all season.        

RICHARDS BAY 0 HIGHLANDS PARK 3

Highlands Park pulled 4 points clear of their nearest rivals after repeating the 3 – 0 win of two years ago against Richards Bay in the coastal town on Saturday. The loss for the home side is the 5th of the season for a side who have scored the least amount of goals and have the worst goal difference in the NFD. Conversely, The Lions of the North have the best goal difference and the most wins. The Highlands goals came from Mbatha and Shalulile, while there was also an own goal from Mthethwa to add misery to the home sides afternoon.  

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 1 TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 2

A goal in the dying seconds of the match on Saturday from Nkoana gave TTM FC an away victory over title chasing Tuks on Saturday. The visitors scored their opener before 15 minutes had been played when Ndlovu beat a defender and found the keeper off his line. TTM FC lead 1 – 0 at halftime. Tuks struck back though Motlhasang, but then their hopes were dashed with the final touch of the match. The win takes the Limpopo side up to 6th, while Tuks remain joint 2nd.  

WITBANK SPURS 2 JOMO COSMOS 2

A match of two contrasting halves saw a gallant fightback from the homeside on Saturday. Visiting Cosmos led 2 – 0 at halftime with goals from Nsabiyumva and Mntambo, but Spurs came into the second half with greater purpose. The home side scored two minutes into the 2nd half through Raphepele and then grabbed their second and a point through Shabalala. Cosmos climb to 2nd on the log despite the draw, while Spurs drop to 9th.    

MBOMBELA UNITED FC 2 MTHATHA BUCKS 1

Mbombela bounced back from their humiliating defeat against Cosmos last week to outlast Mthatha Bucks on Sunday and climb to 4th on the log. Liphoko become the top goal poacher in the NFD this season when he grabbed his 6th for the home side and gave them an early lead. Mathosi was on hand to head home for the visitors on the stroke of halftime. With 10 minutes remaining, Zwane popped up unmarked to head home and give the home side the three points. The woes continue for Mthatha Bucks who have gone 5 matches without a win and are down in 12th position on the log.         

UTHONGATHI FC 2 REAL KINGS FC 0

Uthongathi won the televised KZN derby to pick up their first win in 6 outings and their first goals in 5 starts. On the opposite side, Kings suffered their first loss in 5 matches, conceding their first goals since late October. So Uthongathi climb 3 places to 11th, while Kings drop 2 spots to 7th.