The Varsity Football tournament delivered some tough action during round two on Monday evening.
Both teams started off testing each other out, but when they settled into a rhythm, it was the visitors who looked more threatening.
The home side then had a few shots of their own but they weren’t good enough to break the deadlock.
The second half got underway with the hosts looking a lot more dangerous, but the UWC defence remained solid.
In the dying minutes of the game, Wits almost made it 1-0 but the ball was cleared well by the UWC defence.
The clearance turned into a counter attack but the Wits defenders made it back in time to prevent any score and the teams had to settle for a point each.
The first shot on target came from CUT’s Orapeleng Manopole, who was composed in the box and curled in a shot, but it was saved by UJ goalkeeper Damaine van der Walt.
The game came alive after some interplay by the CUT front three forced Van der Walt to make a good save in the 35th minute.
UJ turned to their bench when striker Pogiso Mabote came on for Emmanuel Ndu in the 55th minute, but poor finishing saw the match remain goalless.
UFH striker Olwethu Bless was first to draw blood 12 minutes into the match, but NWU-Mafikeng’s Sandile Mbatha equalised three minutes later.
Following hot on the heels of Mbatha’s goal, team-mate Katlego Banda found the back of the net and put NWU-Mafikeng team in the lead.
A free kick by UFH’s Zondani Bathandwa then levelled the scores at 2-2.
Eventually a powerful shot by NWU-Mafikeng captain Sipho Mateis from the spot helped them to victory.
UP-Tuks dominated possession throughout the match with left wing Frank Mpedi making several inroads and forcing TUT goalkeeper Dumisani Msibi to work hard to maintain a clean sheet.
It was TUT who capitalised on their opportunities when Jacob Hlalele scored from a corner shortly before the break.
The action was just as intense in the second half as both teams looked to score.
UP-Tuks enjoyed most of the possession but could not convert. TUT were lucky to get away with a penalty when a UP-Tuks attacker was felled in the box, but the referee motioned for play to continue.
UP-Tuks were relentless in attack in the final minutes but Msibi remained rock solid in defence to guide TUT to a 1-0 victory.