Bloemfontein Celtic (Free State) will go toe to toe with JVW FC (Gauteng) in the final of the 2016 Sasol League National Championship.

Bloemfontein Celtic (Free State) will go toe to toe with JVW FC (Gauteng) in the final of the 2016 Sasol League National Championship.

The clash will take place at the D’Almeida Stadium in Mosselbaai, Western Cape on Sunday, 11 December.

Kickoff is at 15h00.

The match will be broadcast live on SABC 1.

It took goals from the penalty spot for both Celtic and JVW to book their spots in the final with 1-0 victories over the stubborn Kanatla Ladies and Coal City Wizzards respectively.

Both matches went into the half time break with no goals on the scoreboard. The games were played simultaneously on fields next to each other, and it was the Gauteng side who first broke the deadlock with a goal from Banyana Banyana midfielder Mamello Makhabane in the 74th minute after her teammate was fouled in the box.

This must have spurred Celtic on, as they may have seen or heard the celebrations from JVW. The Free State side then pushed forward and got on the scoresheet just three minutes later after the referee adjudged a Kanatla defender to have handled the ball in the box.

Captain Boitumelo Rabale made no mistake from the spot to give her side a valuable lead.

This is the first time JVW qualifies for the National Championship and making it to the final quite remarkable. On the other hand, Celtic has been to the Championship nine times but will be making their debut in the final.

Kanatla Ladies will battle it out for bronze against Coal City Wizzards, also on Sunday, 11 December.

Kickoff is at 11h30 at the D’Almeida Stadium.

Earlier in the day, City Lads Ladies (Eastern Cape) finished in 5th spot of the competition after defeating a lacklustre Durban Ladies (KwaZulu Natal) 5-1 in the 5th/6th Place Play-off.

Nwabisa Kolisi of City Lads opened the scoring in the 14th minute, but the lead was cancelled two minutes later by Durban Ladies’ Silindile Ngubane.

The celebrations had hardly died down when Nolubabalo Mbangu restored the lead of the Eastern Cape side in the 20th minute – and from there it was one way traffic as Nolusindiso Plaatjie grabbed another goal in the 38th minute to make it 3-1 at halftime.

Kolisi scored two more on the other side of the half – grabbing a hatrick to hand her side a deserved 5-1 victory.

UWC (Western Cape) beat Golden Ladies 5-0 to claim seventh position in a match which had three players sent off.

The Cape side made their intentions very clear with a goal in the 4th minute through captain Leandra Smeda. They had to wait until the 59th minute to increase their lead with a goal from Kelso Peskin. Smeda was on the scoresheet again four minutes later to open a clear gap between them and their opponents. The experience of Banyana Banyana players was clearly too much for Golden Ladies as Thembi Kgatlana scored the fourth in the 70th minute before Smeda registered her hatrick two minutes from the final whistle.

This was UWC’s first win of the tournament after losses against Durban Ladies and JVW.

To date, 79 goals have been registered in 13 matches.


This is how they stand so far:

1/2. Bloemfontein Celtic/JVW
3/4. Kanatla Ladies/Coal City Wizzards
5. City Lads Ladies (Eastern Cape)
6. Durban Ladies (KwaZulu Natal)
7. UWC (Western Cape)
8. Golden Ladies (North West)
9. Richmond Ladies (Northern Cape)


DAY 4 RESULTS:
7th/8th Place Play-Off
Golden Ladies 0 5 UWC
5th/6th Place Off
City Lads Ladies 5 1 Durban Ladies
Semi-Final 1
Bloemfontein Celtic 1 0 Kanatla Ladies
Semi-final 2
Coal City Wizzards 0 1 JVW
DAY 5 – REST DAY
DAY 6 – SUNDAY, 11 December 2016
3rd/4th Place Play-Off
Kanatla Ladies vs Coal City Wizzards 11h30
FINAL
Bloemfontein Celtic vs JVW 15h00

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