The group stages in the 2015 Edition of the SASOL League National Championship proved to be a gripping affair as the final day of the group matches witnessed goals galore at the Flavius Mareka Stadium in Sasolburg.
Defending champions, Cape Town Roses FC (Western Cape) were the first team to qualify for the semi-finals when they won both their group stage matches.
Gauteng representatives and 2013 Champions, Mamelodi Sundowns joined Cape Town Roses in the semi-finals following emphatic victories over ALS PUK Tawana (North West) and Galeshewe Ladies (Northern Cape).
Having missed out on the 2014 edition of the tournament and the opportunity to defend the title they won in 2013, the Masandawana Ladies sent warning signals to their fellow semi-finalists by breaking individual and team goalscoring records at the SASOL League National Championship.
Sundowns scored 25 goals against the Northern Cape provincial champions Galeshewe Ladies FC and surpassed the previous record (16 goals) that was set in the 2014 tournament by Cape Town Roses.
In addition to this, prolific striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi scored 10 goals in a single match to exceed the previous record of 6 goals, held by Nocawe Skiti of Cape Town Roses in 2014.
The other semi-finalists Kanatla Ladies FC (Limpopo) and Durban Ladies FC (KwaZulu-Natal) both proceeded to the penultimate stage with impressive wins.
Although Cape Town Roses and Sundowns seem to be tournament favourites, Kanatla and Durban Ladies will certainly be dark horses who can dent anyone’s pride on a given day.
Don’t miss out on all the football action on Friday, 11 December when Kanatla Ladies FC play host to Cape Town Roses and Durban Ladies FC entertain Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC.
Both games kick off at 16h30 at the Flavius Mareka Stadium in Sasolburg.
Semi-finals winners will then face-off in the ultimate football finale at the DP de Villiers stadium on Sunday, 13 December at 13h00. Be sure to catch all the action at the stadium or tune in to SABC 1 for the LIVE broadcast of the epic final.
Fixtures for Day 4 at the Flavius Mareka Stadium in Sasolburg, on Friday, on 11 December, 2015:
5&6 Position Playoffs:
- 14h00: ALS PUK Tawana v Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies FC (Field B)
7&8 Position Playoffs:
- 14h00: Coal City Wizards v Red Roses Ladies FC (Field A)
- 16h30: Kanatla Ladies FC v Cape Town Roses FC (Field B)
- 16h30: Durban Ladies FC v Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC (Field A)
Group Stage Stats:
- Total Goals in the Group Stages: 46
- Most goals scored by a team in a match: 25 goals (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Most goals scored by a player in a match: Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns – 10)
Top 3 Goal Scorers:
- A Mgcoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns – 11)
- B Thusi (Mamelodi Sundowns – 7)
- E Molapo (ALS PUK Tawana – 3)
Disk Queen of the Match Statistics:
- Match #1 (18) Teffo Mpho (Kanatla Ladies)
- Match #2 (11) Cesane Noxolo (Cape Town Roses)
- Match #3 (7) Miss Sethunya (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Match #4 (8) Dineo Sekhute (ALS PUK Tawana)
- Match #5 (8) Bambanani Mbane (Bloemfontein Celtic)
- Match #6 (14) Slindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies FC)
- Match #7 (14) Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Match #8 (14) Zamandosi Cele (Durban Ladies FC)
- Match #9 (1) Anathi Njeje (Red Roses Ladies Footer)
Photo 1 caption: The Durban Ladies FC starting 11 pictured ahead of their final group-stage clash against Kanatla Ladies, on Wednesday, 9 December, 2015. Durban Ladies have qualified for the tournament’s 2015 semi-finals alongside defending champions, Cape Town Roses FC, Kanatla Ladies and Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC. Photo: Supplied
Photo 2 caption: 2015 SASOL League Group Stage leading scorer Andisiwe Mgcoyi (facing toward the camera, for Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC) celebrates another goal with no. 6 team-mate Bongiwe Thusi, in their match against Galeshewe Ladies. Photo: Supplied.
With editing by gsport