A day of goal-mouth scrambles

2013-06-04 00:00

IT was a day of missed chances, but the winning sides made the best of difficult conditions on the artificial surfaces on Saturday. Northwood continued their winning ways and College turned around a loss from a few weeks ago.

St Charles 2 Northwood 4

In a scrappy encounter at St Charles, the visitors eventually prevailed, to win comfortably and maintain their position at the top of the rankings in the province.

The first half was even, with both teams creating a number of chances. It was Northwood who broke the deadlock, when Matthew de Sousa found Jamie Pillay unmarked on the far post, after a brilliant run from just inside the opposition’s half. St Charles hit back when they latched onto a loose rebound after a great save from Kyle Pillay, and Andrew Darroch smashed in the equaliser. The score remained 1-1 at half time.

The second half saw Northwood step up the pressure and they were rewarded on three occasions. The first coming when De Sousa beat the Saints’ defence to a rebound, from which he put Northwood into the lead. As Northwood began stringing short passes together they began to get the upper hand and two goals quickly followed.

A great reverse-stick goal from Dale van der Merwe and a deft finish from Shane Bradbury put them 4-1 ahead. St Charles managed to pull one back before the end of the game as they tapped home after a goal-mouth scramble.

Hilton 0 Maritzburg College 3

It was seen as a revenge match for College as they had lost a few weeks earlier to Hilton in a mid-week fixture. College were in control of the game and Tevin Kok was in a destructive mood as he continually hassled and beat the Hilton defenders.

As has been the norm with this College team, chances were again created but none were taken. Midway through the half, Kok received the ball from an overhead pass and beat two Hilton defenders to lay the ball off to David Small, who put College 1-0 up. Hilton never looked threatening for the rest of the half and with one minute left, Kok hit the ball in to Michael Forrest, who deflected the ball into the back boards to put College two goals clear.

With 10 minutes remaining, Forrest turned over a Hilton defender and layed the ball off to Small, who drew the keeper and slipped it to Kok, who stretched the lead to three.

Westville 1 Michaelhouse 2

This was a solid win for the visitors as Westville have made good progress this season. The home side made all the play in the first quarter of the game, and they were eventually rewarded with a “tap in” after some slick inter-passing.

Michaelhouse replied with their first opportunity of the game when Guy Tatham converted a penalty corner to see the sides level at the break.

Midway through the second half, Gareth Macaskill got on to the end of a defence-splitting through ball, for Michaelhouse to snatch the lead.

Other results from the week: Glenwood 4 Clifton 1, Kearsney 1 DHS 0, Thomas More 0 Clifton 1, Kingsway 1 Port Shepstone 0, Crawford LL 3 DHS II 2.

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