College win eagerly awaited clash with Kearsney

2014-05-20 00:00

THE Maritzburg College versus Kearsney clash was an eagerly awaited schoolboy hockey match, since the teams did not meet in 2013.

The match started very quickly for Kearsney who got an early penalty corner. However, the school that has a record 26 boys across the three age-groups chosen to represent KZN Coastal this year, did not capitalise.

In the 20th minute College opened the scoring through Tim Halle. Two minutes later another tap-in came from Bryce Tullis after another counter-attack down the right-hand side. Turning around 2-0 up, College had had 10 first-half circle entries to Kearney’s five.

In part, the difference in this match was the Red, Black and Whites’ talented striker Tevin Kok’s acute awareness in the strike zone, knowing just when to shoot and when a team-mate was in a better goalscoring position.

In the first half, home team College had certainly taken command of proceedings with some slick inter-passing and a high work rate off the ball while Kearsney defended well, but the visitors had their opportunities in the first half and yet weren’t able to convert.

College had a dream start to the second half as within the first minute debutant Landon Campbell scored a great defection on the left post after the ball was drilled across the circle by captain Tim Halle. The momentum had now shifted to the home team, who were going on all-out attack and dominating possession. Campbell again, this time on the right post, made it 4-0 in the 37th minute. In the 39th College were awarded a penalty corner and took full advantage of their set-piece with the goal coming from a variation completed by Amkelwa Letuka.

But with 15 minutes left on the clock in a fast-paced second half, College conceded two yellow cards within the space of one minute. This allowed Kearsney an opportunity to come back into the game, scoring three goals in the space of four minutes, bringing the score to 5-3. Ntuli found the net twice with two superbly taken reverse-stick shots and another goal from Alex di Marco gave the visitors a glimmer of hope.

With five minutes left College were back to full strength and on the breakout managed to work the ball back into the Kearsney circle to win a penalty corner, converted with a drag flick by Byron van der Merwe, the game ending a deserved 6-3 to home side College.

St Charles host College at 4 pm today.

At Northwood, travellers Michaelhouse were aware of the 5-2 defeat to the home school’s powerful side of 2013 and started strongly, dominating early exchanges but failing to convert.

Somewhat against the run of play, the visitors converted a penalty stroke through Gareth Macaskill in the 15th minute after he had been unceremoniously bundled over by the Northwood keeper and a defender while having a goalscoring opportunity.

The possession and territory then swung back in the visitors’ favour. Jason Marshall scored a field goal with a well-taken shot from the top of the strike zone in open play. This allowed Michaelhouse a deserved 2-0 lead at half-time.

The second half saw a dominant Michaelhouse produce some attractive hockey but fail to convert, unusually not scoring from three penalty corners. A standout feature of the game was the composed Michaelhouse defence, which seldom allowed the Northwood strikers good opportunities, while Marshall was dominant in the midfield in the second half, setting up go-forward ball for the red-clad visitors.

The spectators were treated to an entertaining game that Michaelhouse deservedly won 2-0.

Meanwhile, at St Charles, the home side lost 2-0 to the strong Glenwood now under the tutelage of SA men’s hockey team head coach Fabian Gregory, the director of hockey at the distinguished Durban hockey school.

Other results:

DHS 3 Felixston College 0

DHS 0 Hilton 3

Clifton 1 Thomas More 0.

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