The JVW FC first team made history yesterday after their 2-1 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies in a thrilling Sasol League encounter.
The First team has not played a Sasol League fixture since the Senior Womens National Team, Banyana Banyana, returned to camp ahead of the Rio Olympic Games, but had been working hard at training waiting for the commencement of matches. After a respectable and strong performance at the Olympic Games, Banyana Banyana returned home after failing to advance to the next round, and the National Team players returned to fulfil their duties at their respective clubs. It was a must win match for the First Team, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the first round of the Gauteng Sasol Stream A, and the players were ready and focused on the task at hand.
Mamelodi Sundowns took kick off, after van Wyk opted to swop sides rather than the start of play. Both teams battled it out for a couple of minutes before either team calmed to their game plan. . JVW opened the score line after a great run down the left wing by Gabriela Salgado who perfectly shot the ball past Sundowns Keeper A.Dlamini. Sundowns got one back within minutes of JVW’s first goal, and the scores were level as the teams went into the half time break.
JVW continued to put pressure on the Sundowns Players in the second half, and scored their second goal from a brilliant set piece taken by Skipper, Janine van Wyk which put the team back into the lead. Marques almost had another great scoring opportunity but unfortunately her shot was saved by the crossbar.
Sundowns played the final five minutes of the match with 10-players, after a nasty tackle by Zanele Nhlapho on JVW striker, I.Albuquerque, which forced the referee to show a straight red card to the Sundowns defender.
‘We are absolutely delighted with the win, our first ever over Mamelodi Sundowns. This makes the race to the title so much more exciting. I am so proud of the ladies, they played their hearts out for the full 90 minutes, and of course the victory was well deserved for their tremendous efforts’ – Lauren Duncan (Team Manager)