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Western Cape edge USSA on penalties

Western Cape edge USSA on penalties
Regan Rhode of Western Cape challenged by Ntuthuzelo Jumba of USSA during the match between USSA (G) and Western Cape (W) at the SAB U21 National Championships being held at the North West University Stadium on the 16 July 2014

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014. 15:55

Western Cape finished second in their group when they defeated University Sports 4-3 on penalties at the North West University Sports Grounds on Wednesdayafternoon.

The match ended 1-1 at full time but the tie had to be decided on penalties to determine second and third place as both sides were tied on points, goal difference, goals scored and goals conceded.

The defending champions opened the scoring in the 5th minute as Maqina sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot following an infringement inside the box.

Gabriel Moshoma tried to respond for USSA at the other end two minutes later, only to see his solid strike held by Western Cape goalkeeper Rushion Ross.

USSA were then awarded their own penalty in the 20th minute following a foul on Sifiso Nkosi and Neo Mamatela calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Nkululeko Malgas’ side should have taken the lead in the 36th minute as Mamatela managed to round the goalkeeper on the right side of the box, but his effort came off the upright.

The second half was a tight affair with both sides looking to avoid committing more errors in and around the penalty area.

Substitute Leroy Mashiane fired wide of the target in the 59th minute, while Kamogelo Phitlho saw his freekick saved by Ross in the dying minutes as the match ended 1-1 after regulation time.

The defending champions then held their nerve during the penalty shootout, converting four of their kicks to finish second on the table and book a place in the quarterfinals, alongside group winners Northern Cape.

USSA are also through to the knockout stage as the better record than the Eastern Cape, who also finished third in their group.