Good goalkeeping keeps scores low

2010-05-18 00:00

SOME good goalkeeping by most of the sides prevented the scores being bigger in the matches this weekend and some of the goals scored beat the keeper because of deflections.

 

Hilton 0 Maritzburg College 2

College had an easy win against Hilton at the beginning of the season, but it was a different story on Saturday against the much-improved home side. The first half saw an even contest with College missing two penalty corners and Hilton one. With five minutes remaining in the half, Nicholas Berichon unleashed a great reverse-stick shot just inside the post to put the visitors 1-0 up at the interval.

The Hilton strikers will rue their missed opportunities in the second half, which could have given them the lead. Good defence by College and good keeping by René de la Peyre prevented Hilton scoring from a series­ of five penalty corners.

A counterattack resulted in Grant Glutz deflecting a shot at goal to double­ the College score and give them a final 2-0 win, keeping their unbeaten record in KwaZulu-Natal.

 

Michaelhouse 3 Glenwood 2

Glenwood took an early lead, when a Michaelhouse defender upended the Glenwood striker from behind in the circle.

Good umpiring by Ayden Shrives saw him indicate a penalty stroke, but the advantage played allowed­ the Glenwood striker to slip the ball under the keeper into the net.

Michaelhouse, used to conceding early goals, kept their composure and gradually took control of the game. Midway in the half, Kieran Allan­ equalised for the home side. They dominated the remainder of the half and went into a 2-1 lead when Jethro Thomas converted a penalty corner.

The second half was more evenly contested, with both sides creating opportunities, but both keepers pulled off important saves.

The hosts went further into the lead, when a shot from Thomas was deflected into the goal by Allan. With two minutes remaining Glenwood pulled a goal back, but too late to prevent victory by Michaelhouse.

 

Kearsney 2 Clifton 1

Kearsney dominated early on but missed a number of opportunities. A series of penalty corners were not converted due to good keeping by Alister­ Dey van Heerden in Clifton’s goal. Eventually the pressure told and Richard Pentecost drove into the top corner of the net for a 1-0 lead at the break.

Clifton did well to take control of the midfield and they were rewarded when Andrew Dunn scored from a penalty corner to level the score. The visitors appeared to have scored their second, but the goal was disallowed for an earlier offence after good pressure by Clifton.

Josh Perry outpaced the defence and his cross was picked up by Penetecost. His reverse-stick shot was deflected by Buzz Dhlomo into the net, to give Kearsney the narrow 2-1 win.

 

Westville 4 Durban high school 0

On Friday night Westville enjoyed domination for the first quarter. Devon­ Kupferman opened the Westville­ account with a deflection, giving the home side the lead at the break.

DHS attacked after half time, but the Westville defence kept their goal secure.

Cebo Khumalo latched onto a loose ball to score the second for the home side. Jarryd Jones scored a good individual goal and then Davyn Keuter scored the final goal from a penalty corner for a very good win.

 

OTHER SCORES

St Albans 6 St Charles 3; Northwood 6 Thomas More 0; Maritzburg College II 1 Carter 2; Hillcest 2 Amanzimtoti 1; Northwood 2 Glenwood 1 (Friday evening).

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