There were some hard-earned victories in round six of the Varsity Football tournament on Monday.
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) ended their five-match winless run when they scored crucial goals in their home game against University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to win comfortably, boosting their playoff chances.
UJ led 1-0 at halftime through a goal from left winger Katlego Ntsabeleng, who controlled a well-timed pass to squeeze the ball past the goalkeeper.
The win was sealed when man of the match Ntsabeleng set up fellow winger Samuel Warder for a 2-0 result.
In doing so, TUT guaranteed themselves a top four position and a place in the semi-finals.
TUT opened the flood gates in the 12th minute with a superb goal by man of the match Thabang Motau, followed by a second strike from Sipho Sibiya.
Jacob Hlalele made it 3-0 in the 75th minute and five minutes later substitute Tumelo Mowa completed the scoring from a rebound.
UFH grabbed the lead through Sindile Mlilo, but that was followed by an unfortunate UFH own goal. Mogau Khwinana then handed the home side the lead shortly before Tiago da Serra headed home to make it 3-1.
The onslaught continued in the second half as man of the match Frank Mpedi scored twice and Mbongeni Masilela struck to make it 6-1.
Mogau Khwinana added two more to complete his hat-trick and Sego Mokgwope capped off a memorable night just before the final whistle.
NWU made a flying start with a goal after 30 seconds by man of the match Orebotse Mongae, followed by a strike by Sandile Mbatha in the 25th minute.
NWU’s Vusumuzi Ludwala added two more goals, but the gap was narrowed when they conceded an own goal in the 42nd minute.
UWC strike twice more through Phiwokuhle Mphalala and Chad Smith, but NWU held on for the win.