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UWC Football Club beat the University of KwaZulu-Natal 3-0 last night to jump to the fourth position – a spot that will guarantee them a semi-final place if the can maintain it – of the Varsity Football mini-league competition.
Two goals by Jaydan Petersen, who earned the MTN Moment of Brilliance award, and another by the towering forward, Leandro de Sousa, ensured that UWC bagged their second consecutive home victory in the tournament.
On a warm evening at UWC Sports Stadium, known as the Operation Room, the hosts seemed to be in control of the game from the onset and should have scored more goals if they had been more clinical in front of goal. And the visitors should have found the back of the net too but brilliant defending by UWC sent them home empty handed. UWC goalkeeper Aidan Leak even saved a penalty and took home the Debonairs Real Deal Save of the Match accolade.
UWC coach Stanton Smith was delighted about the win and said that it keeps the momentum going to the next two crucial games, when Udubs will host pace-setters Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and second-placed North West University. “Going into this game we came from a win against CUT and a fantastic draw away at the University of Johannesburg where we finished the game with 10 men after our goalkeeper was sent off,” said Smith.
Smith added that after UWC started very slow in the competition with two away defeats, they picked up momentum, played better and got stronger.
“Looking forward to the next home games, we do believe we can get something out of those games. Although both TUT and North West are in good form this season, we have beaten them before. And it will be important to keep the morale of the team positive and keep the boys focussed on the objective of securing a semi-final spot.”
Petersen was also over the moon with the victory: “We needed the goals to secure the game. Our morale is at an all-time high and we feel we can do it again in the next two games. No one comes to the Operation Room and takes three points from us.”
UWC will welcome TUT next Thursday (kick-off at 16h00) before hosting North West in their final round-robin clash a week later.