A famous win for the red, black and whites

2012-09-11 00:00

MARITZBURG College and Durban High School (DHS) compete annually for the Raw Cup, a trophy the schools’ first competed for in 1889. The trophy has an incredible 123 years of history behind it.

Due to the weather on the preceding days, the junior games had to be cancelled to allow the field enough time to recover for the first-team match to go ahead, which meant that DHS, as this year’s hosts, had the overwhelming majority of support due to College’s junior teams not travelling for their fixture.

Both teams initially seemed anxious due to the pressure of the occasion and started nervously. The players were also being careful with their footing on the rather slippery surface. College maintained shape, content on keeping the hosts at bay while probing for an opening of their own. That opening came from an intelligent run by striker Ryan Moon which caused DHS captain Shaylin Moodley to panic and dive in to tackle, only to upend Moon and concede a penalty. Moon dusted himself off and slammed the resulting penalty into the roof of the net giving DHS keeper Wayne Jean-Louis no chance and giving the visitors the lead. Urged on by their schoolmates, DHS looked for an equaliser before the half-time break, but they found College keeper Brylon Petersen in inspired form.

The second half followed much the same pattern, with DHS pressurising and College seemingly content to keep possession and counter-attack. With 15 minutes to go and the tension at fever pitch, College coach Dan Haswell brought on midfielder Bandile Shandu and the sub had an immediate impact as his through ball was controlled by ever-menacing striker Moon, who delicately lobbed the keeper to double the lead. The excitement was not over, however, and DHS got back into the game soon after with Sonke Ntuli setting up Dylan O’Brien who finally managed to beat Petersen. DHS poured forward looking to take the game to penalties, but College held firm for a famous win for the red, black and whites.

The Midlands High Schools FA Cup will be played on Sunday. Get down to Carter High School to witness the top boys’ and girls’ teams compete for this year’s trophy. The tournament kicks off at 8 am and runs throughout the day.

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