College overcome Carter 2-1 in hard-fought quarter-final

2013-04-18 00:00

THE first leg of the final quarter-final in the Nashua Maritzburg United Midlands Schools Soccer Challenge yesterday was an eagerly awaited affair between “home” side Carter High and Maritzburg College at Harry Gwala Stadium.

College were without their trump card Bandile Shandu, who had been selected in the match-day 18 for United’s PSL clash against Golden Arrows last night, but that never prevented them from grinding out a hard-fought 2-1 win with the away goals rule standing them in good stead for the second leg of the tie.

But it was Carter who came closest first — a placed shot in the early stages of the opening period cannoning back off the crossbar.

Thulebona Dladla then showed good feet down the right flank to earn his side a free kick in a dangerous position, but from an angle that appeared to acute to allow a shot directly at goal.

But nobody told Ryan Moon, that.

With a precision left footed-effort, Moon, the younger brother of former Bafana Bafana star Bryce Moon, curled the ball into the top left corner, leaving Carter goalkeeper Tufay Choham with no chance as College went into a 1-0 lead.

Carter were nowhere for the rest of the half first, and it appeared that College had the edge when it came to which of the sides was fittest.

It was Dladla again who had a massive part to play in College’s second goal when he was brought down in the Carter penalty area to earn a penalty for his side.

Up stepped Ayren Bond, who sent Choham the wrong way with a cheekily chipped spot kick.

It appeared that the match was over as a contest, but the Carterians came out a rejuvenated side in the second period.

Charlie Xaba was pulled back in the College area early in the second half, earning Carter a penalty of their own. Kyle Tomlinson made no mistake, side footing the ball into the top right corner to make it 2-1 and set up a nervy finish.

A far better side in the second half, Carter pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but were unable to manufacture any clear cut scoring opportunities.

College held on to the lead with relative ease, and frustrated the Carter technical team with no less than three players going down injured with cramp in the final 15 minutes of the match.

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