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A rampant start to the second half gave Banyana Banyana their first victory at the Cyprus Cup as they beat Northern Ireland

Posted: 11 March 2013 Time: 19:28

A rampant start to the second half gave Banyana Banyana their first victory at the Cyprus Cup as they beat Northern Ireland 2-1 at the Tasos Markou Stadium in Paralimni on Monday afternoon.

After a slow start and a rather dull first-half, it was the two second half substitutions that livened things up. The two sides came into the match having not scored nor registered a point in their opening two Group C encounters in the tournament but that was to change.

Shortly after resumption, Banyana brought in Gloria Thato and Robyn Moodaly to operate on the wings, and it was their superb work on the flanks that made the telling changes, resulting in strikers Jermaine Seoposenwe and Andisiwe Mgcoyi manufacture the much-needed victory for the African silver medallists.

Moodaly and Seoposenwe, the two talented youngsters promoted from Basetsana, scored the two goals within five minutes.

First, Thato linked well with Mgcoyi on the left wing and the tall striker controlled the ball with her right foot and whipped in a delightful cross which was brilliantly volleyed into the back of the net by Moodaly.

Shortly after that opener, Banyana got the second goal. Thato’s neat interchange with Nothando Vilakazi saw the later cross from the left wing for Seoposenwe to easily slot the ball home at the near post to make it 2-0 for Banyana.

As was the case with their defeat to Republic of Ireland last Friday, Banyana again dominated the contest for most parts of the match and should have added a couple more goals had the outstanding destroyer Refiloe Jane and debutant Shiwe Nogwaya been more accurate in front of goals towards the end of the match.

“We may have won but it was not an easy outing. The substitutions made us change our system, which completely caught the opponents off guard. But overall, we are thrilled with the result and being able to finally find the target in Cyprus,” said Jane, Banyana Banyana’s vice captain after the match.

The central defensive pair of Lebogang Mabatle and Janine van Wyk defended well but despite their heroics, they could not prevent Northern Ireland’s Lynda Sheperd from scoring the consolation goal.

The striker flicked the ball home from a free-kick to make the final score 2-1.

The 2012 African Women championship runners up will play Northern Ireland again on Wednesday morning (11h00) to determine places for the 11th and 12th spot.


Previous comments on this story...

Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 08:45 pm
Thank u ladies,keep flying our flag
Lady Goldilight
posted: 08:49 pm
Well done to my beautiful fellow queens. Banyana have the ability to beat European opposition, but I wonder what's so hard for Bafana to do the same.
posted: 10:46 pm
posted: 06:36 am
Victory at last, well done. Hoping for more
posted: 08:19 am
Give us the line up plz
posted: 09:48 am
I think it 's time were de coach should bring few young players mostly de curentl player are too old and worse have gained lot of weight, So to make way for de younger players we must impregnate de old players so i will choose few bloggers which i think dey are man enough to can do dat.

I will take dat one plus she 's so curvious Nebo --- Amanda Dlamini
Maminzela ---- Thokozani Mndaweni
Gucci man --- Noko Matlou
Liesbeeck--- dat beutiful coloured lady just i forget her name or Nompumelo Nyandeni
The Phefeni Boy ------- Portia Modise
Eenzam wa le khosi Nthwe ke Gay ga e jole mxx, Lol.
Mgugudi: treble champ ------ Janine van wyk
The Game ----- Andisiwe Mqcoyi

let us go Gentleman
posted: 11:30 am
Banyana must get rid of LESBIANS in our team. We dont need BOYS there, those with mulformed dicks must play elsewhere.

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