Top 4 Battle for 2012 Sasol Honours

by | Jun 29, 2012

Group A leaders Palace Super Falcons (pictured in blue in their Tuesday fixture against PE-based City Lads) will take on Group B runners-up Bloemfontein Celtic in the first Sasol League National Champs semi-final today. Photo: Anesh Debiky / Gallo Images

Defending champions Palace Super Falcons, Bloemfontein Celtic, Durban Ladies and Cape Town Roses have all qualified for the last four of the Sasol League National Championships 2012.

The quartet will contest the semi-final on Friday, 29 June 2012 at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi near Durban, where Palace Super Falcons will face Bloemfontein Celtic and hosts Durban Ladies will entertain Cape Town Roses.

Falcons, without the services the injured Banyana Banyana players midfielder Mamello Makhabane and defender Janine van Wyk, were held to a two-all (2-2) draw by a determined Kanatla Ladies unit from Limpopo.

The reigning champions had to rely on a last minute penalty converted by former-Banyana Banyana striker Kgadi Makoma, after a Kanatla Ladies defenders was adjudged to have handled the ball in their penalty area.

Earlier, Disebo Mametja scored twice for Kanatla Ladies, while Mampa Tlhwaele netted for the Gauteng side.

Having won all four of their B-group stage fixtures, log-leaders Durban Ladies FC (in black, pictured in action in Monday’s fixture against Al's Puk Tawana) will take on Group B runners-up Cape Town Roses, who gave Group A leaders Palace Super Falcons their first drawn result on Thursday. Photo: Anesh Debiky / Gallo ImagesBloemfontein Celtic returned to winning form after their depleted unit was beaten 6-nil by Durban Ladies the previous day. The Free State side booked their semi-final place with a seven-one (7-1) victory over Al’s Puk Tawana.

Earlier in the day, Durban Ladies gave their home fans much to cheer about when they piled on the misery for Northern Cape side RC Mills, winning 10-1. The KwaZulu Natal representatives kept their 100 percent winning record at this year’s tournament intact, by outplaying Msiphuya Ladies by two goals to one (2-1) in their second match in the afternoon.

Durban Ladies finished top of Group A with 12 points after registering four wins out of four. They scored 27 goals, tied with second-placed Bloemfontein Celtic who are on nine points. Msiphuya managed to score 20 goals, but could only finish in third place with four points – same number of points with fourth-placed Al’s Puk Tawana.

RC Mills had let in most goals in the group stages, conceding 45 goals and scoring only three. They lost all their four matches.

This group produced a total of 92 goals.

In Group B Palace Super Falcon finished top with seven points and were the highest scorers with nine goals. Cape Town Roses were a close second with six points, third was Kanatla Ladies with four while City Lads came last with no points in three matches.

Group B managed 22 goals to give a total of 114 goals in the group stages for both streams. The highest score recorded in one match saw Msiphuya Ladies FC defeating RC Mills by fifteen goals to nil (15-0).

Five teams will depart from the tournament on Friday after failing to make the last four – Al’s Puk Tawana, Msiphuya Ladies FC, Kanatla Ladies, City Lads and RC Mills.

The first match in the semi-final will kick off at 13h00, with the second starting at 15h00. Should the matches be level after 90 minutes, the outcome will be decided via penalties. The same rule will apply in the 3rd place play-off and the grand final.


Groupings for the SASOL National Championship 2012: 25 – 31 June 2012, Ethekwini:
Group A:
Durban Ladies (KwaZulu-Natal)
Bloemfontein Celtics (Free State)
Msiphuya Ladies
RC Mills (Northern Cape)
Al’s Puk Tawana (North West)
Group B:
Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)
Cape Town Roses (Western Cape)
Kanatla Ladies (Limpopo)
City Lads (Eastern Cape)
Day One (Monday, 25 June):
13h00: Bloemfontein Celtic 10-2 RC Mills (Group A)
16h00: Durban Ladies 9-1 Al’s Puk Tawana (Group A)
Day Two (Tuesday, 26 June):
13h00: Al’s PUK Tawana 10-1 RC Mills (Group A)
13h00: Palace Super Falcons 5-0 City Lads
15h00: Cape Town Roses 3-0 Kanatla Ladies
15h00: Bloemfontein Celtics 9-1 Msiphuya (Group A)
Day Three (Wednesday, 27 June):
13h00: Kanatla Ladies 2-1 City Lads
13h00: Palace Super Falcon 2-1 Cape Town Roses
15h00: Msiphuya Ladies 13-0 RC Mills (Group A)
15h00: Durban Ladies 6-0 Bloemfontein Celtics (Group A)
Day Four (Thursday, 28 June):
09h00: RC Mills 0-10 Durban Ladies (Group A)
09h00: Msiphunya Ladies 3-3 Al’s Puk Tawana (Group A)
13h00: Cape Town Roses 3-1 City Lads
13h00: Kanatla Ladies 2-2 Palace Super Falcon
15h00: Al’s Puk Tawana 1-7 Bloemfontein Celtic (Group A)
15h00: Msiphunya Ladies 1-2 Durban Ladies (Group A)
Semi-Finals: Day Five (Friday, 29 June):
13h00: Winner Group A (Durban Ladies) v Runner-Up Group B (Cape Town Roses)
15h00: Winner Group B (Palace Super Falcons) v Runner-Up Group A (Bloem Celtic)
Finals: Day Six (Sunday, 31 June):
11h30: Looser Semi-Final 1 v Looser Semi-Final 2
15h00: Winner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2


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