The third round of the Varsity Football tournament was full of action last night.
The game started at a frantic pace, with the visitors dangerous at the set pieces, knocking the ball into the 18-yard area against a nervous-looking UJ side.
UJ midfielder Lindani Mazibuko was booked for a reckless tackle and the resulting free kick hit the woodwork in the closest effort by Tuks in a goalless first half.
In a halftime switch for UJ, Katlego Ntsabeleng came on for Sbongeleni Gamade as the home side strove to unlock the water-tight Tuks defence.
But it was Tuks who took the lead when Tiago da Serra slotted the ball home in the 50th minute.
UJ nearly scored next when captain Ruwell Jagger’s shot from 30 metres hit the crossbar, but it was Tuks who silenced the home crowd with a clinical second goal by Mbongeni Masilela.
It was soon 3-0 to Tuks as Mogau Khiwana piled more misery on the home side.
Man of the Match: Tiago da Serra (Tuks)
It was the champions’ third draw in three games after scores of 1-1 and 0-0 against UP-Tuks and Wits.
On an unusually warm evening in Bellville, the game could have gone either way as both sides created plenty of chances. But poor finishing and brilliant defending ensured that the spoils were shared.
The visitors from Bloemfontein attacked in the early stages, forcing UWC to concede five corner kicks.
But CUT could not capitalise on those chances as UWC goalkeeper Brent Layman kept out shots by Karobo Mojafi and Orapeleng Manopole.
Occasionally, UWC pushed forward and in one of those rare moments Josh Silent fired home from close range when Thulani Mkosi’s header put him through.
Trailing 1-0 going into the second half, CUT netted the equaliser in the 66th minute when Katlego Motaung connected a cross from the left.
The goal gave the home side a wake-up call as Silent restored the lead two minutes later when he headed home a Mkosi cross.
UWC looked to have the game in the bag but some poor defending saw Motaung get his second in the 83rd minute.
Man of the Match: Orapeleng Manopole (CUT)
Sipho Sibiya and Jacob Hlalele were on target for TUT as they claimed three points to maintain their position on top of the log. Andile Batyi scored for the visitors.
TUT were the better team throughout the game but were let down by poor shooting. The visitors relied on their offside trap to keep the home team strikers at bay.
UFH were first on target when Batyi broke through the home defence to beat TUT goalkeeper Dumsani Msibi in the 33rd minute.
However, TUT hit back with an equaliser in the 42nd minute via a header by Sibiya to make it 1-1 at the break.
The second half was replica of first half with TUT’s man of the match Sbusiso Ndlovu calling the shots.
It came as no surprise when the home side increased their lead through Hlalele following a brilliant pass by Katlego Kgetjepe.
TUT missed a chance to go 3-1 ahead when Dumsani Msibi missed the target from the penalty spot after Tumelo Mowa was brought down inside the 18-yard box.
Man of the Match: Sibusiso Ndlovu (TUT)