Sophakama Ladies lose to City Lads

2016-09-14 06:00
Sophakama Ladies player, Nomveliso Roloti, is surrounded by City Lads players, Nolubabalo Mbangu and Sinovuyo Mjekula. Photo: SELBY MADIKANE

Sophakama Ladies player, Nomveliso Roloti, is surrounded by City Lads players, Nolubabalo Mbangu and Sinovuyo Mjekula. Photo: SELBY MADIKANE

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LOSS of concentration and careless mistakes cost the Sophakama Ladies dearly in their game against City Lads in the Sasol Ladies Coastal Stream clash at Zwide Stadium on Saturday.

Sophakama lost 2-1 to City Lads. They played on a slippery pitch owing to the rainfall, and conditions were a little bit risky to the players.

The Sophakama Ladies did not respect the experienced and unrivalled New Brighton side. Sophakama Ladies’ goal hunter, Anelisa Nyobo, banged in her side’s opening goal early in the game.

The Lads appeared to be unsettled because they did not expect their opponents to take the game to them. The Sophakama Ladies managed to keep things tight at the back with the first half ending in a score of 1-0.

In the second half Sophakama continued where they had left off before the break, while the Lads were in pursuit of their opening goal. With fewer than 20 minutes left, one of the Sophakama Ladies made an unnecessary mistake by fouling the Lads’ striker Andisiwe Ndesi in the box.

Ndesi gave her team new life when she scored a penalty kick past Sophakama Ladies’ goalkeeper, Phila Kumalo, who was sent in the wrong direction.

The Lads’ experienced utility player, Lumka Nowhi Mjana, showed her class in the midfield. Mjana made a perfect cross to left wing, Sibongile Kgabo, who failed to slot the ball into the back of the empty net.

Nyobo nearly caught the Lads’ goalkeeper Bongiwe Mkolose, but her agility kept her out of trouble there. Mkolose had a busy second half, but she stood her ground.

With just a few minutes left, a communication break-down between Kumalo and her defence cost their side dearly with Lads’ striker Mhlobokazi Swartbooi scoring in an empty net to guide her side to a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

The Lads, who are in the second place of the log standings, will take on the log leaders, Birmingham City, at the New Brighton Oval on September 24. Should the Lads beat City, the Nelson Mandela Bay outfit will qualify for play-offs.

The game between the University of Fort Hare and Birmingham City did not take place in Duncan Village owing to a waterlogged field.

Other results of Sasol Ladies Coastal Stream:

Mustang Ladies 6 –1 Manchester Babes

Thunderbirds 5 –1 Golden Stars

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