CT ALL STARS 3 TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 1
All Stars completed a clean sweep of wins against TTM on Friday having beaten the Limpopo based club in Venda in the NFD and also at home in a Nedbank Cup qualifier earlier in the season. The win for the Cape side leaves them unbeaten in 2018 and lifts them 1 place to 9th, but more importantly 10 points clear of any relegation worries. The loss for TTM FC drops them to 3rd, 11 points behind logleaders Highlands Park and is their first loss in 2018.
BLACK LEOPARDS 2 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 0
Black Leopards are making a second round charge for a place in the Playoffs in 2018 and have only lost once in their six matches played, posting 4 wins a loss and a draw. They have also climbed six places to 4th since the mid-season break. The win for Lidoda Duvha is their first ever home win over Mbombela. While the loss for the Mpumalanga side drops them back to 10th, they are still only 5 points behind TTM FC in 3rd and a place in the post season.
MTHATHA BUCKS 1 UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 1
After their great show of character in going down to Amazulu in the Nedbank Cup on penalties last time out, Bucks again dug deep at home on Saturday to come from a goal down to snatch an equaliser with two minutes left in the match. Although the Eastern Cape side stay in the relegation zone, surely it is only a matter of time before their resilience pays off. Tuks will be rueing another opportunity to collect all three points having scored halfway through the first half. So Tuks drop another place on the log and lie 7th after having been 3rd at Christmas.
REAL KINGS 1 RICHARDS BAY 0
Real Kings won one of two KZN derbies this weekend and jumped back above TTM FC into second on the log. One goal was enough to see off the challenge of Richards Bay who drop back to 13th on the log and only two points clear of the relegation zone. Kings will be happy to return winning ways after their round 20 loss at Spurs, but find themselves 9 points behind logleaders Highlands Park with 9 matches remaining. Seems that a Playoff berth would be a realistic goal for Kings.
ROYAL EAGLES 1 UTHONGATHI FC 1
Third from bottom dug deep and showed character to come from behind to grab a point in the second of the KZN derbies on Saturday against Uthongathi in Pietermaritzburg. The Cane Cutters scored first and took a 1 - 0 lead into halftime. However Eagles never gave up and equalised in the second half to stay ahead of Bucks and Ubuntu who also drew in Week 21.
SUPER EAGLES 1 WITBANK SPURS 1
Super Eagles showed their fighting spirit and resolve in fighting off the threat of relegation when they came from a goal down at home to snatch a late goal and a point from visiting Witbank Spurs. The match started perfectly for the Witbank side as Peter Mubayiwa capitalised on a defensive error to open the scoring with barely a minute played and took their lead into halftime. The home side made some changes and were rewarded for their efforts when they forced a handball from Nkosi. Modibeni Mokoena obliged from the spot to not only equalise for the Free State side, but become the leading scorer in the NFD this season with 11 goals. Eagles climb one place to 12th, while Spurs stay 8th.
JOMO COSMOS 0 HIGHLANDS PARK 4
Highlands Park put their loss in the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday to Stellenbosch FC firmly behind them, when they inflicted the first defeat of the season against Gauteng rivals Cosmos on Sunday. And what a win it was for the long time logleaders. Mvala started the rout just after the half hour mark with a cracking 35 metre shot that gave Modiba no chance in goal for the home side. Worse was to follow as Shalulile also grabbed his 7th of the season to see Highlands lead 2 – 0 at the break. Mahlangu and Nyembe added further goals for the championship favorites, as a depleted Cosmos side capitulated. The win saw Highlands extend their lead to 9 points over the chasing pack with 9 matches remaining. Cosmos drop to 5th.
STELLENBOSCH FC 1 UBUNTU CT FC 1
The Cape derby saw championship challenging Stellenbosch score first, but then drop 2 points as bottom side Ubuntu showed character to snatch a draw. Rayners poached his third goal in three matches and his fifth of the season after just 12 minutes and helped the home side to lead at the break. Ubuntu showed plenty of fighting spirit in the second half, and were rewarded for their efforts when Gerome Heutcho-Kuilong nabbed his first goal of the season and secured a valuable away point for Ubuntu.