The rescheduled Derby match took place on Sunday at Hattingh Park in Primrose and our ladies arrived in their bright new step outs, ready for a tough match. Being a derby game, league position means little more than the paper it’s printed on, this was a turf war.
After their respective warm ups the teams made their way to the field where Luso Africa took the kick-off. It wasn’t long before the home team were dispossessed and a the ball reached Albuquerque down the line. In true winger style she cut across her opponent forcing a rather harsh foul for which a penalty was awarded.
Captain Nyandeni stepped up and expertly placed the ball into the net from the penalty spot. (2min) From the restart, JVW applied the necessary pressure to regain possession and continued forward to create chances, although a few runs were called offsides and some balls were intercepted by the Luso defence. Come the 27th minute and Albuquerque was in the action again this time passing her defender to deliver the ball across the box to the ever present Dlamini, an easy knock in for the JVW #4.
Ten minutes later it was Seoposenwe who got in on goal and buried her effort, a gift for her tireless running throughout the half. (37min). Straight after the restart it was Seoposenwe on the run again this time providing the assist for JVW top goal scorer Salgado to add another to her tally.
Luso too had opportunities to go forward but lacked competition in the aerial battles against Irwin and Ntsibande. On other occasions when they did get higher up the field JVW Goalkeeper, Whyte was on hand to clean up. HT: 4-0
Going into the second half JVW looked to compact the game and conserve energy knowing that they have two games laying in wait this week. More runs, more balls through, opportunities created, shots wide and some great goalkeeping from the opposition kept JVW at bay for long periods.
A ring of changes gave the travelling substitutes some vital minutes to keep their match fitness up. Captain Nyandeni then took it upon herself to increase JVW’s lead running through the opposition lines and slotting another to take her birthday tally to two.
(80min) In the final minutes of the game Nyandeni again managed a lone break through Luso’s defences and unselfishly rolled the ball back to Thobokela who had the honour of sealing the final goal, bagging her fourth in two games. (90min) All in all a good day over the highway at Hattingh Park for JVW. – Ciara Picco