NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 17 WRAP

HIGHLANDS PARK 1 REAL KINGS 1

Logleaders Highlands Park might have drawn against Kings on Saturday, but with all the chasing sides dropping points too, the Tembisa side held on to their 5 point lead at the top of the table and extended their unbeaten NFD run to 12 matches. Theron scored his second of the season for the home side, while Mtshali opened his account for the visitors. Real Kings are four matches unbeaten.

WITBANK SPURS 2 UTHONGATHI FC 0

The win for Spurs launched the Witbank side to 5th on the log, their highest position since Round 3. The victory also signalled the end of the road for the Uthongathi coach Ronnie Gabriel whose job has been taken by Sammy Troughton. Doctor Skosana and Christian scored the goals for Spurs while Uthongathi slipped to 4 matches without a win and down to 13th on the log. Uthongathi are still yet to post a victory on the road in their debut NFD season.

MTHATHA BUCKS 3 ROYAL EAGLES 3

Mthatha Bucks showed plenty of character to fight back from 1 – 3 down to grab a share of the spoils in front of their home fans, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Eastern Cape side dropping to the bottom of the table. Eagles are only slightly better off, in 14th place on the log. The KZN have scored the joint highest amount of goals this season, 27, but have conceded the most – 30. Bucks will be happy to see Erasmus scoring 2 goals after a bit of a drought, with Dubula also scoring for the home side.  A Rantabane own goal was complimented by goals from Brown and Ngubo for the visitors. 

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 1 SUPER EAGLES 3

A hattrick from Modibedi Mokoena not only secured a first away victory for Super Eagles, but put Mokoena at the top of the leading goal scorers this season. Tuks slipped to their second heavy defeat of 2018 after their 0 – 4 loss to Leopards in Week 16, but are still just 4 points away from the Promotional Playoff positions. The win for the Free State side lifted them 10th, to their best position in 10 weeks.    

MBOMBELA UNITED FC 1 UBUNTU CT FC 2

Back to back wins for Ubuntu has seen the Cape side climb off the bottom of the table, but leaves the Cape side still in the relegation zone for a 13th week. Mbombela are moving in the opposite direction, dropping from 2nd to 6th on the log since November last year. Booysen and Isaacs scored for the visitors, while the homeside pulled one back from Zwane.  

RICHARDS BAY 2 STELLENBOSCH FC 1

Confidence appears to have returned to Richards Bay with the home team notching up four 2 – 1 wins in a row. Their latest victim was long time logleaders Stellenbosch FC who slip into the bottom half of the table for the first time this season and have only posted one win in their last 11 outings. Gumede and Roelf did the damage for the home side, while Saal scored on debut for the Cape side.        

JOMO COSMOS 1 CT ALL STARS 1

Cosmos might have retained their unbeaten home record this season, but missed out on closing the gap to logleaders Highlands, after conceding a 2nd half stoppage time penalty that was converted by Gamildien. Hlongwane bagged his first goal of the season to give the home side the lead. Cosmos remain in 2nd, 5 points behind Highlands, while All Stars stay 10th.

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 1 BLACK LEOPARDS 1

The Limpopo derby again delivered plenty of action as the two sides shared the spoils for the 2nd time this season. Nedzamba scored for the home side, while Ndlovu secured a point for the visitors. The sides are separated by 2 points on the log with TTM FC in 7th and Leopards in 8th.