By PRECIOUS RAJANE
PALACE Super Falcons continued to dominate the Sasol League in Gauteng after they pipped Mamelodi Sundowns in the provincial championships held at the University of Johannesburg (Soweto campus).
The three times national champions scored their winning goal via Chantelle Esau in the 85th minute of this tense match when fans were already betting on penalties.
Key defender Janine van wyk frustrated the Sundowns ladies strikers when she made their attempts to get past through the goalkeeper seem impossible.
Some of the teams in action on the day were Moroko Swallows who secured third position when they beat University of Johannesburg 3-2 on penalties which led them in fourth position.
Palace captain, Hlengiwe Ngwane made praised her team mates which according to her made and excpetional job working together. “I thank my team for fighting until we got that goal, though we wanted more goals. We worked together so well and did not let our frustrations of wanting to win get in the way our game.”
Earlier in the 7th/8th place play-off, Croesus Ladies beat Mondeor 4-1, while Tuks saw off VUT 2-0 in the 5th/6th position playoff. The 3rd/4th place playoff between the University of Johannesburg and Moroka Swallows Ladies produced no goals in the 90 minutes of play, with Moroka Swallows winning the penalty shoot-out.
The Banyana Banyana coaches also conducted Players’ Trials with all of the Sasol League clubs invited to send six of their talented players – who were not involved in the play-off matches on the day – to be assessed during the two-hour session.
Some of the confirmed teams who will be fighting for the national title in Durban are Cape Town Roses and Bloemfontein Celtic ladies who the Free State side were knocked out of the title race in the first round last year.
Fans in the KwaZulu Natal football will witness several Banyana Banyana stars in action in June, with all of defender Nothando ‘Vivo’ Vilakazi, striker Portia ‘Bashin’ Modise and ‘Booth’ Van Wyk, in action for the defending champions, while striker Sanah ‘Diego’ Mollo will wear the colours of the Free State Sasol League champions Bloemfontein Celtics.
Add in Sasol League Western Cape champions Cape Town Roses with Banyana Banyana players in their ranks in striker Leandra ‘Teko’ Smeda and midfielder Nocawe ‘Speedy’ Skiti and Palace Super Falcons are expected to find the road to a third Sasol League National title to be tougher than ever.