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North West hammer Gauteng to reach semis

North West hammer Gauteng to reach semis
Omphemetse Mothusi of North West scored a brace against Gauteng

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Jul 17, 2014. 18:35

North West reached the semifinal of the SAB Under-21 National Championships when they defeated Gauteng 5-2 at the Montshiwa Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Omphemetse Mothusi and George Ramokgadi scored a brace each for North West and Tshepo Mathobela was also on target, while Phillip Ndlondlo and Sthembiso Hlophe scored for Gauteng.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 12th minute from a good build-up which ended with Omphemetse beating the goalkeeper with a low finish.

Gideon Noge's side almost doubled their lead ten minutes later but Letlhohonolo Mogwera fired over the crossbar from close range, connecting with a low cross from Chapman Gaborone.

Mogwera continued to threaten the Gauteng goal and in the 25th minute he managed to get a volleyed strike on target, but Lloyd Morulane managed to turn the ball around the post for a corner.

Gauteng were awarded a freekick just outside the box in the 31st minute when Ndlondlo was brought down by Lebogang Serache; the diminutive midfielder got up to take the freekick, curling the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

The visitors went ahead just seven minutes later from a brilliant solo effort as Hlophe dribbled past a number of defenders before firing home from close range.

North West had an opportunity to level matters in the 41st minute but Omphemetse fired wide from the edge of the box as Gauteng took their 2-1 lead to the break.

The home side started the second half strongly and eventually got their equaliser in the 64th minute as Mathobela beat the goalkeeper with a lobbed effort from the right side of the box.

Six minutes later it was 3-2 to the hosts as Mathobela set the ball up for Ramokgadi to finish from inside the penalty area.

The home side were not done yet as there was still time for Ramokgadi to add a fourth in the 77th minute, before Omphemetse also grabbed his second of the match in the 84th minute to make it 5-2.