Durban Ladies kept up their winning ways in outplaying Bloemfontein Celtics by six goals to nil (6-0) in a thrilling encounter which saw two of the Free State side’s players sent off at the Sasol League National Championships in Umlazi, near Durban on Wednesday, 27 June 2012.
Precious Ngubane gave the KwaZulu Natal side the lead in the 5th minute before Bloemfontein Celtics skipper Mokete Motsamai was red-carded for a rough tackle just 10 minutes into the match.
After half an hour of play in the second half, Mpho Leeuw was given her marching orders for an alleged illegal tackle on a Durban Ladies player – and it all went pear-shaped for the nine-player Bloemfontein team.
Ngubane doubled her team’s score in the 78th minute before the floodgates opened.
Millicent Shazi – who was named as the Sasol Diski Queen – scored Durban Ladies’ third goal, while Sithembile Mthembu increased the advantage to four nil. Others to get on the score-sheet for the hosts were Phindile Mgudu and Makhosazane Zungu.
In the other Pool A action, Mpumalanga’s Msiphuya Ladies bounced back on to the victory trail with a resounding 13-0 thrashing of Northern Cape side RC Mills.
In the day’s later matches, defending champions Palace Super Falcons received one of their toughest challenges in recent times when they were made to sweat before beating Cape Town Roses by two goals to one (2-1). The Gauteng side used the wind to their advantage in the first half and led 1-0 at the break through a strike by former national team player Chantel Esau.
The Capetonians equalised three minutes after the break through Vuyiswa Mdwekesha before Zandile Mxasa scored the winning goal for the national champions in the 80th minute.
Limpopo representatives Kanatla Ladies got their first win of the tournament, beating Eastern Cape side City Lads by two goals to one (2-1).
Twenty-five goals were scored on Day Three. Action starts early on Thursday, 28 June with six matches taking place.
RC Mills face Durban Ladies at 09h00, while on the adjacent field at the same time Msiphuya Ladies will play Al’s Puk Tawana. Kicking off at 13h00, Cape Town Roses take on City Lads with Kanatla Ladies locking horns with Palace Super Falcons.
Two hours later (at 15h00), Al’s Puk Tawana will entertain Bloemfontein Celtics and Msiphuya Ladies has a tough fixture against the hosts, Durban Ladies.
Fixtures for Day Four (Thursday, 28 June): 09h00: RC Mills v Durban Ladies 09h00: Msiphunya Ladies v Al’s Puk Tawana 13h00: Cape Town Roses v City Lads 13h00: Kanatla Ladies v Palace Super Falcon 15h00: Al’s Puk Tawana v Bloemfontein Celtic 15h00: Msiphunya Ladies v Durban Ladies Results for Day Three: Kanatla Ladies 2-1 City Lads Palace Super Falcon 2-1 Cape Town Roses Msiphuya Ladies 13-0 RC Mills Durban Ladies 6-0 Bloemfontein Celtics Results of Day Two: Palace Super Falcons 5-0 City Lads Cape Town Roses 3-0 Kanatla Ladies Bloemfontein Celtics 9-1 Msiphuya Al’s PUK Tawana 10-1 RC Mills Results of Day One: Bloemfontein Celtic 10-2 RC Mills Durban Ladies 9-1 Al’s Puk Tawana