Copperbelt Ladies Amaze as University of Joburg Stake Narrow HWBSL Log Lead

The University of Johannesburg came from behind to beat City Lads FC 3-2 at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, on Saturday, 30 March, 2024. The win saw the Gauteng University side temporarily elevated over Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies at the top of the Hollywoodbests Super League log, the Pretoria side with a game in hand. Photo: City Lads FC

The University of Johannesburg started an abridged Hollywoodbets Super League weekend’s fixtures in the best possible way, when Ayesha Moosa netted to give the visitors a log-leading 3-2 win over City Lads FC at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, on Saturday, 30 March, 2024.

Moosa’s 75th minute goal gave UJ their second lead of the match after Lutho Magobiyane opened scoring in the 26th minute to give City Lads a 1-nil halftime lead, but any comfort vanished when Shannon Macomo (49’) equalised and Gugu Dhlamini (64’) gave the visitors a 2-1 lead 15 minutes later.  

Ashley Booysen (66’) for City Lads scored two minutes later to level scores, but it was Moosa’s decider that put the Gauteng University at the top of the log –  the only side other than displaced Mamelodi Sundown to enjoy a clear log lead in 2024, though the later have a game in hand.

Sundowns was one of the teams to have their weekend fixture postponed, owing to player unavailability as a result of Desiree Ellis and Banyana Banyana preparing for the opening leg of their 4th-round CAF Olympic qualifier, against the Super Eagles in Abuja on Friday.

Unbeaten in five matches before the weekend’s action, Copperbelt Ladies’ rise up the league log was given a major boost on Sunday when match 45 saw a gleeful home side sink six goals against visitors Thunderbird Ladies at the Baroka Global Village, to sit equal on points with Sundowns and the University of Pretoria on 12 points each, all within a single point of temporary log leaders, UJ.

Thembi Munyuku (13’, 23’) scored both of the home team’s opportunistic early goals to set the stage, and then Thandi Rameri’s ensured a daunting 3-1 halftime score with the first of her hat-trick (36’, 67’ and 90+2’) to place her tied with TS Galaxy Queen’s Busisiwe Ndimeni as the league’s leading goal scorers to date at the end of the match.

It was Anati Yose (45’+1’) that put the Thunderbirds on the scoreboard, but her lone goal at the stroke of halftime could not compete against the clutch of home goals, to which Nomphelo Yakuphi’s 59-minute strike added for one of the season’s three biggest wins to date. 

SABC Sport carried the day’s final match which saw Richmond Ladies punish First Touch FC Ladies 2-nil when second-half substitute Thandeka Ncambe (55’) scored just nine minutes after she took to the field, pouncing on a poor defensive clearance to drill the opener into the top left corner past a diving keeper from outside of the box, to her obvious delight. 

The second goal was another defenders’ nightmare, when Molatelo Thabana was unfortunate enough to head the ball over her keeper into the net, gifting visitors Richmond Ladies an unanswered advantage to win the match 2-nil, for their third victory of the season to leave them mid-table after six outings.  

Excepting the Banyana Banyana players turning out for national honour against Nigeria on Friday and in Tuesday’s return leg at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria, teams enjoy a rare weekend off this coming weekend, with fixtures resuming with the University of Pretoria at home to City Lads at 3pm the following Saturday, 13 April.

Week 6 Results for the Hollywoodbest Super League

Saturday, 30 March, 2024 (All 15h00 CAT Kickoffs)
#42 City Lads 2-3 University of Johannesburg
Sunday, 31 March, 2024 (All 15h00 CAT Kickoffs)
#45 Copperbelts FC 6-1 Thunderbird Ladies
#48 First Touch FC Ladies 0-2 Richmond United

Week 7 Fixtures for the Hollywoodbest Super League

Saturday, 13 Apr 2024 (All 15h00 CAT Kickoffs)
#49 University of Pretoria v City Lads
#50 University of JHB FC v UWC
#51 TUT Matsatsantsa Football Club v Copper Belts FC
#52 TS Galaxy Queens v Durban Ladies FC
#53 Thunderbirds Ladies v First Touch FC Ladies
#54 Royal AM v University of Fort Hare FC
#55 Richmond United v JVW FC
#56 Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC v Lindelani Ladies

Week 1 Results at the Hollywoodbest Super League

Saturday, 2 March, 2024
#1 Durban Ladies FC 2-0 University of Pretoria 
#2 Richmond United 2-2 City Lads
#4 Lindelani Ladies 3-0 Thunderbirds Ladies
#5 JVW FC 0-2 TS Galaxy Queens
#6 University of Fort Hare FC 2-1 TUT Matsatsantsa Football Club
#7 Copperbelt Ladies FC 2-2 University of the Western Cape
Sunday, 3 March, 2024
#3 Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC 4-0 Royal AM
#8 First Touch FC Ladies 1-4 University of JHB FC

Week 2 Results at the Hollywoodbest Super League

Saturday, 9 March, 202
#9 City Lads 1-1 Royal AM
#10 Thunderbirds Ladies 0-2 Richmond United
#11 TS Galaxy Queens 3-5 Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC
#12 TUT Matsatsantsa Football Club 1-0 Lindelani Ladies
#14 University of Pretoria 2-1 University of Fort Hare FC
#15 University of the Western Cape 7-1 First Touch FC Ladies
#16 Copperbelt Ladies FC 4-1 Durban Ladies FC
Sunday, 10 March, 2024
#13 University of Johannesburg FC 3-1 JVW FC

Week 3 Results at the Hollywoodbest Super League

Friday, 15 March 2024
#22 JVW FC 1-0 University of the Western Cape
Saturday, 16 Mar 2024
#17 Thunderbirds Ladies 1-4 City Lads
#18 Royal AM 1-2 TS Galaxy Queens
#19 Richmond United 2-1 TUT Matsatsantsa Football Club
#20 Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC 2-0 University of JHB FC
#21 Lindelani Ladies 1-3 University of Pretoria
#23 University of Fort Hare FC 1-2 Copperbelt Ladies FC
Sun, 17 Mar 2024
#24 Durban Ladies FC 2-1 First Touch FC Ladies

Mid-Week 4 Results at the Hollywoodbest Super League

Wednesday, 20 March 2024
#27 City Lads 2-0 TS Galaxy Queens
Thursday, 21 March 2024
#25 Copper Belt FC 1-1 Lindelani Ladies
#26 Durban Ladies FC 2-1 JVW FC
#28 TUT Matsatsantsa FC 3-0 Thunderbirds Ladies
#29 University of JHB FC 1-1 Royal AM
#30 University of Pretoria 2-1 Richmond United
#31 University of the Western Cape FC 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC
#32 First Touch FC Ladies 1-0 University of Fort Hare FC

Week 5 Results for the Hollywoodbest Super League

Sunday, 24 March 2024
#33 TUT Matsatsantsa FC 4-1 City Lads
#34 TS Galaxy Queens 1-4 University of JHB FC
#35 Thunderbirds Ladies 1-3 University of Pretoria
#36 Royal AM 1-1 UWC
#37 Richmond United 1-1 Copperbelt Ladies
#38 Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC 5-1 Durban Ladies FC
#39 Lindelani Ladies 1-4 First Touch FC Ladies
#40 JVW FC 5-1 University of Fort Hare


Main Photo Caption: The University of Johannesburg came from behind to beat City Lads FC 3-2 at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, on Saturday, 30 March, 2024. The win saw the Gauteng University side temporarily elevated over Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies at the top of the Hollywoodbests Super League log, the Pretoria side with a game in hand. Photo: City Lads FC

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