AmaTuks book playoff spot, deny Arrows top eight finish

AmaTuks book playoff spot, deny Arrows top eight finish
Vuyisile Ntombayithethi of University of Pretoria © Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Saturday May 21, 2016. 18:28

The University of Pretoria kept their Absa Premiership survival hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Golden Arrows at Tuks Stadium on Saturday.

Needing nothing but a win on the final day of the season, goals from Vuyisile Ntombayithethi and Getaneh Kebede spearheaded AmaTuks to all three points. The Tshwane side will now partake in the promotion/relegation playoffs after finishing the season in 15th place.

Jomo Cosmos have been relegated to the National First Division following a 3-1 defeat to Maritzburg United.

Defeat for Arrows means they missed out on a top eight finish by virtue of having an inferior goal difference to SuperSport United.

Having survived a nervy opening to the game, AmaTuks opened the scoring on 29 minutes. Ntombayithethi heading the ball past Maxamilian Mbaeva from a free-kick.

Tristyn Coetsee was then forced into action, pulling off a superb save to deny Gladwin Shitolo before Kwanele Hlongwane saw his shot rattle the post.

Kebede doubled the hosts lead with a free-kick from an tight angle on the cusp of half-time, as AmaTuks headed into the break two goals up.

Innocent Nemukondeni received his marching orders for a second bookable offence with 10 minutes remaining. Abafana Bes'thende capitalised on their man advantage through Shitolo in stoppage time, but AmaTuks held on for all three points.

University of Pretoria (2) 2 (Ntombayithethi 29' Kebede 43')

Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Shitolo 90+3')

University of Pretoria: Coetsee; Sibande, Mthethwa, Mwedihanga, Zwane (Mnyamane 59') - Ntombayithethi, Ketjijere, Maruping, Nemukondeni - Kebede (Mosadi 81'), Bacela (Nkoana 85')

Golden Arrows: Mbaeva; Bilankulu, Mathiane, Katjiukua, S.Dube - Hlongwane (Sibiya 43'), Cele, Shitolo, Sibeko (S.Dlamini 46') - Hotto, Mhango (Fikizolo 65')

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