Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and UJ Stake Early Claims as Hollywoodbets Super League Gets Underway

The University of Johannesburg FC secured a key away win to start their 2024 Hollywoodbets Super League campaign as the new season got underway over the weekend. Photo: Supplied

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and the University of Johannesburg each put through four goals to lead the early season log after the first weekend’s action in the 2024 Hollywoodbets Super League, on Sunday 3 March 2024.

First Touch FC Ladies hosted UJ FC at the Baroka Global Stadium at Lebowakgomo, and both sides avoided conceding until the visitors’ Shannon Macomo netted in the 37th minute, with UJ FC skipper Refilwe Maseko doubling the advantage three minutes later for a 2-nil lead at the break.

Lebogang Mamabolo got First Touch on the scoreboard soon after the resumption of play, but Maseko scored again soon after to restore the two-goal cushion, and the result was put beyond question when substitute Gugu Dhlamini scored at the stroke of full time, for the second 3-goal win of the season.

2023 defending champions Sundowns hosted Royal AM for their opening fixture where Boitumelo Rabale, deservedly crowned Player of the Match at the fixture’s conclusion, bookended the hosts’ four goals in the 15th and 67th minutes, with Andisiwe Mgcoyi (in first half extra time) and Nthabiseng Majiya’s goals giving the Brazilians an unanswered four goals to top the league after the first weekend’s play.

Rabale and Maseko are early co-leaders of the of the season’s Top Goal Scorers log with two goals apiece.

In Saturday’s results, Lindelani Ladies made the most of home conditions with a 3-goal win over Thunderbird Ladies, with goals by Nomfundo Xulu and Mbalenhle Tenza and an own-goal by the Birds’ Chwayita Zimba sealing the hosts’ advantage at the Princess Magogo Stadium. 

Durban Ladies FC defended home pride with a 2-nil win over the University of Pretoria through goals by Nthabiseng Mlotshwa and Nomfundo Mdunge, and the University of Fort Hare FC edged visitors TUT Matsatsantsa FC when contributions by Kesha Hendricks and Nosikho Magqaza cancelled an early opening goal by TUT’s Tshogofatso Motlogelwa.

Richmond Utd hosted City Lads and Copperbelt Ladies FC hosted UWC for 2-all draws in their opening ties, while JVW FC at home went down 2-nil to TS Galaxy Queens, when skipper Mamello Makhabane and Busisiwe Ndimeni scored to secure maximum points at the UJ Soweto Campus.

Hollywoodbets Super League Results on 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 UWC

Sunday, 3 March, 2024

#3 Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC 4-0 Royal AM
#8 First Touch FC Ladies 1-4 University of JHB FC

Main Photo Caption: The University of Johannesburg FC secured a key away win to start their 2024 Hollywoodbets Super League campaign as the new season got underway over the weekend. Photo: Hollywoodbets / University of Johannesburg FC

Photo 2 Caption: Boitumelo Rabale was deservedly crowned Player of the Match for netting for defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies in each half, her tally doubled with goals by Andisiwe Mgcoyi and Nthabiseng Majiya’s to give the Brazilians an early league-topping position after the first weekend’s play. Photo: Hollywoodbets / Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies

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