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JVW down Sundowns, lift Pirates Cup

By Siya Pongco , in Football | Featured Football | News , at 2024-04-01 Tags: , ,

Photo: Orlando Pirates

JVW Girls Football Development (Blue Diamonds) and Mamelodi Sundowns FC (Banyana Ba Style), the leading lights in women’s development football in Gauteng, once again took centre stage in the final match of the u21 women’s Pirates Cup at Marks Park, Johannesburg, on Sunday.

The season may be in its infancy, but the Blue Diamonds and Banyana Ba Style have already captured the imagination of the fans with their intense and competitive encounters on the field.

Both teams have also secured trophies, with Sundowns previously triumphing in the inaugural Gauteng Women’s Development Top 8. Coach Ronald Molepo’s JVW showcased their skills in the Gauteng Sasol League pre-season tournament, defeating Mito Stars 3-2, thanks to a goal from Taitana and a brace from Bonoko Mokoma.

The Pirates Cup title-decider went to penalties after the teams had finished regulation time level at 1-1. It was a dramatic shootout and, when it was over, JVW had become the second team to lift the Pirates Cup, following in the footseps of UP Tuks Ladies.

JVW lifting the u21 women’s Pirates Cup 2024. Photo: Orlando Pirates

Casey Gordon, the South African national goalkeeper, played a crucial role in the shootout, saving two penalties to help the Blue Diamonds secure a 4-3 victory.

It was back-and-forth in regulation time, with JVW finding a late equaliser, also from the spot, converted by Julia Goncalves. Munashe Mugwara had struck early in the second half for Sundowns.

Following JVW and the runners-up, Sundowns, were TS Galaxy Queens and Wits University, with Galaxy outplaying Wits 6-3 for third place.

Men’s u21 Pirates Cup

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) claimed victory in the u21 Pirates Cup, defeating Teltonika Amahla 2-1 in the final.

It was a come-from-behind win, with Puleng Bapela’s two goals securing the Cup.


Men’s MVP: Mpendulo Phewa (Midlands Academy)
Men’s Golden Boot winner: Thokozani Sibanyoni (Emalahleni United)
Men’s Golden Glove winner: Lungelo Sithole (University of Johannesburg)
Women’s MVP: Julia Goncalves (JVW)
Women’s Golden Boot winners: Lithemba and Sibahle Maneli (TS Galaxy Queens)
Women’s Golden Glove winner: Mbali Ntimeni (Mamelodi Sundowns)



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