USSA Gauteng Football League: Wits Ladies FC played their first league match on Tuesday after their first match with VUT scheduled for March 11 was postponed due to the waterlogged pitch. Photo: Nqobile Dludla

Wits Ladies Football Club kept their stern hopes of USSA National Champs qualification flickering with an easy 16-0 victory at Markspark in the USSA Gauteng Football League on Tuesday.

The University Sport South Africa (USSA) Gauteng Football League 2014 season kicked off last Tuesday.

Goals from Precious Zulu, Puleng Mofokeng and Linah Maphanga in the first half gave Wits Ladies FC a steady advantage over Monash University Ladies team which staggered goalless until half time.

Setting a precedent, Zulu’s eighth minute goal in the slow paced match saw Wits dominating the first half. Within a couple of minutes after the first goal, Monash was unable to keep up and use more of their forward passes. Zulu dominated the first half with 5 goals.

Monash eventually managed to earn themselves a second free kick, only to have it fall short on the feet of the Wits defence.

With a 7-goal lead going into the second half, Wits took less risks, running at the pace of their opponents. But with Monash lacking match fitness, Zulu casually netted an easy 8th goal.

Sphiwe Mkhonza, Monash’s coach responding to Wits’ dominance said “We won’t make excuses for not performing well even though they [team] only had a week of practice and preparation because Monash re-opened in mid-March,”.

Monash came back in the 2nd half more determined as they boosted their attack and staggering defence. Witsie Puleng “Mshini” Mofokeng broke the now aggressive defence force from Monash with a sharp 9th goal, five minutes into the 2nd half.

Wits added more 7 goals in the 2nd half which saw them walking away with a decisive 16-0 victory.

“Well the victory was what we had expected but little things still need to be fixed, such as positional discipline and not rushing things,” said Jabulile Baloyi, Wits coach.