CAPE Town Roses headlined the opening day of the Sasol League National Championships in Port Elizabeth with a chillingly effective 5-2 demolition of Coastal Ladies United.
By far the smallest of the teams on display yesterday, the youngsters put an exhibition filled with youthful exuberance, skill and commitment that was unrivalled in the earlier game.
Their lack of experience and physicality may trip them up later in the tournament, but their passion cannot be doubted.
Cape Town Roses started slowly but raced into a 4-1 half-time lead, with the bumbling but effective Nandipha Booi providing the opening two goals.
Roses were not their normal confident selves and had to watch Coastal striker Lelethu Nguta blast a shot over the bar in the 21st minute before they woke up. Ntobeko Baba brought down Anele Gwayishe in the 33rd minute.
Booi calmly slotted the penalty. She missed two easy chances in the next two minutes, but found a way to goal in the 35th minute.
Coastal pulled one back three minutes later when Liyabona Tshemese’s 30m chip beat Ntabiseng Masunte in the Roses goal.
It was easily the goal of the day, but Roses responded with two goals in three minutes, Nocawe Skiti and Sisanda Vukapi netting their chances.
Booi completed her hattrick with an easy tap-in after half time.
Funeka Mtambeki scored Coastal’s second goal, but by then the horse had long bolted.
In the other matches, Durban Ladies beat Coal City Wizards 4-1 and Kanatla Ladies beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1. – Khanyiso Tshwaku