The long wait is over, and the highly anticipated 2018 Gauteng SASOL League started off with an intense first fixture for JVW FC, who encountered Pretoria-Based TUKS at home on the 7th April. Supporters arrived in their numbers to witness, what was said to be, a fantastic opening match to this years edition of the Provincial Sasol league.
JVW went out in full force and created several chances in front of goal, which constantly kept the TUKS defense on their toes. TUKS resisted a few attempts but the seal was eventually broken when a pass to Mamello Makhabane was scrambled in the box causing a failed clearance by the TUKS centre back, resulting in an own goal. Although JVW continued to put pressure on the travelling team, the score-line was held 1-0 until the halftime break. For JVW, and after a splendid 45 minutes, Makhabane made way for Ntisbande who was pushed further up the field with Ferreira slotting in alongside Vice Captain, Nicole Irwin in the Centre Back role. TUKS seemed rejuvenated entering the second half with a new strategy, putting more pressure on JVW.
The supporters watched closely in anticipation when the opposing team were awarded a freekick just outside the box. TUKS Skipper, Regina Mogolola stepped up to take the kick, however Yolula Tsawe had her area covered and miraculously saved the shot after it took a deflection off the JVW wall. After a long and intense ninety mins, JVW walked away with a win and secured all 3 points at home in their first SASOL League encounter.
With a great performance all round, debutant, Alochia Thobekela, scooped the player of the match award which was sponsored by Bexter SA and Bowen SA. 2018 Signings, Natalia Valentine and Nomathemba Ntsibande also made their debut for JVW in the Starting XI. JVW Starting XI: Tsawe (GK), Herz, Ntsibande, Irwin, Joss, Salgado, Nyandeni (c), Thobokela, Albuquerque, Valentine Subs: Nohayi, Whyte (GK), Mnomiya, Ferreira, Mabena, Mashigo