Durban derby a scrappy encounter

2013-05-21 00:00

DHS 0 Glenwood 2

This was a scrappy encounter in this local derby where DHS did most of the defending and Glenwood were disappointed that they had not put more goals into the net.

DHS played with vigour and drew Glenwood into playing a physical encounter rather than using their superior skills.

It was early in the first half when continuous pressure in the DHS circle paid off and Michael Howard squeezed the ball past the defence, finding a DHS stick from which it deflected into the goal. Inspired by the goal, Glenwood pushed forward, playing arguably their most attractive and penetrative hockey of the game. Jason Reed was on hand to double the score line and provide his team with a 2-0 win.

Pretoria BHS 2 Northwood 2

After nine hours of travelling, the Northwood boys were slow starters and conceded early through a penalty corner rebound against a fired-up Pretoria Boys’ team. The Durban team fought back strongly and managed to score from a powerful drag flick from Dale van der Merwe.

Northwood started to take control of the match and forced a number of scoring chances and penalty corners, but were unable to convert. Pretoria Boys took a 2–1 lead into the half-time break after a brilliant individual effort.

The second half saw Northwood completely dominate the play and they were rewarded with about 10 minutes to play when Dale van der Merwe scored his second drag flick of the game.

St Albans 0 Northwood 1

Northwood dominated the first half on Sunday morning, creating the majority of the scoring chances. Some brilliant goal keeping from the St Albans keeper saw the teams deadlocked at the half-time break without either able to find the back of the net.

The second half continued in the same way, but Northwood eventually scored their seventh penalty corner through Dale van der Merwe after a well worked variation.

St Stithians 2 Kearsney 3

The match was played at a hectic pace for the first few minutes, with both teams having scoring chances at either end. It was Saints who drew first blood after Kearsney failed to clear the ball out of their circle.

After the break, Kearsney wasted no time in drawing level with a well-taken short corner, when Ru Baker drag-flicked the ball low into the bottom left corner.

Moments later Kearsney were on the scoresheet again when captain Ryan Wallace scored a field goal to put Kearsney into a 2-1 lead. St Stithians drew level, converting from a penalty corner.

This set up an exciting last few minutes for the appreciative crowd. Kearsney put everything into attack and were rewarded for their adventurous play when they were given a penalty corner. Baker completed a carbon copy of his first goal to seal the match.

Other results from the week: Maritzburg College 1 Hilton 3; Westville 4 Clifton 2; Howick 10 Linpark 0; Kingsway 1 Creston 3; Treverton 6 St Henrys 0.

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