Boys’ hockey: one exciting, others one-sided

2011-05-10 00:00

THERE was one very exciting hockey match with the others being unexpectedly one-sided.

The match on Beckingham in Hilton had a large crowd of about 1 500 spectators enthralled for the 60 minutes. The match was expected to be close and so it was, with hosts Hilton coming out on top 4-3 in a robust game.

Michaelhouse were never able to get in front as Hilton started by scoring two goals in the first half and it was then catch-up for the visitors. Hilton played to get the ball into the opposition circle and then to go for the goal. Michaelhouse played the more attractive hockey with plenty of interpassing but it did not work against the more direct play from Hilton.

Lloyd Mercer was quick to score from a rebound off the keeper’s pads after the first penalty corner was awarded to Hilton, to put them into the lead after 13 minutes of play. A few minutes later a good cross into the D was buried by Michael Ryan to put the hosts into a 2-0 lead, which was the half-time score.

Early in the second half Nick Hellens pulled one back for Michaelhouse when he scored from an acute angle and Tyrone Thomas then equalised when he scored from a penalty corner. Ryan scored his second and put Hilton back into the lead almost immediately. Mercer was again on hand after a penalty corner to score from a rebound to put Hilton back into a two-goal lead.

Michaelhouse put everything into the remaining time, but a lone goal by Greg Waterman was the only goal scored, as Hilton players were able to keep the ball in the Michaelhouse half for the final two minutes, ensuring the win.

RESULTS IN BRIEF:

Hilton 4 Michaelhouse 3; Maritzburg College 4 KES 0; Kearsney 7 Glenwood 1; Westville 8 DHS 2; Hillcrest 1 Port Shepstone 1; Howick 8 Alexandra 1; Clifton 1 Cambridge 1.

 

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