NMMU scored two goals in the second half to secure an impressive 2-0 opening Varsity Football Cup victory over the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town on Monday evening.
The teams went into the half-time break deadlocked at 0-0, but goals from Niven Kops and Leroy van Rensburg in the second half saw the visitors take the spoils.
The visitors started brightly and got a few shots on target, but UWC managed to respond by creating some opportunities of their own, with Xolisa Sigenu and Curtley Beukes coming close.
The tense nature of the first half continued, but both sides battled to find the finishing touch and they went into the break without scoring.
NMMU came out strongly in the second half despite vocal support from the home fans in Cape Town, and it was not long before Kops rose above the defence to flick a Leroy van Rensburg free kick into the top left corner.
UWC were handed a great opportunity to equalise when NMMU goalkeeper Lyndsay Jennings handled a back pass, but they could not convert the indirect free kick.
Instead, it was NMMU who would score next when Van Rensburg slotted the goal that would seal victory after a good pass from Peter Thekiso.
- TUT got their campaign off to a great start with an impressive 4-1 victory over local rivals Tuks.
Three first-half goals and another after half time saw TUT claim a vital victory away from home against the Ussa champions, who fought back in the second half but could not find the target as they slumped to a demoralising defeat.
- UFS and UCT scored a goal each after half time to end their clash in Bloemfontein deadlocked at 1-1.
The home side showed promise in the early exchanges and enjoyed the majority of possession, but both sides struggled to create scoring opportunities as the defences dominated.
- NWU made a big statement in the opening match with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Wits in Johannesburg.
The team from Mafikeng dictated matters throughout and marked themselves as one of the teams to beat in Varsity Football with a polished performance which saw striker Thabo Mnyamane grab a brace.
The next round of matches takes place on Monday with games in Pretoria, Mafikeng and Cape Town.
Fixtures: 4.30: UP Tuks vs Wits (TV); 7pm: NWU vs UFS (TV), UWC vs TUT, UCT vs NMMU