KZN sides draw in fair encounter

2012-07-11 00:00

ON a beautiful winter’s day the two KZN sides played one another in the warmth of the early afternoon and came away with a draw.

It was probably a fair reflection of the game as Coastals had the better of possession and territory in the first half. The second half went the other way with Inland having more circle entries and dominating in the midfield.

Ironically it was Inland that led at the break despite seeing much less of the ball and then with just five minutes remaining, Coastals scored the equaliser in one of the few times they had got into Inland’s circle in the second half.

Coastals were controlling the ball well early on and putting much pressure on the Inland defence. Andile Phelokwayo (Glenwood) and Nqobile Ntuli (Kearsney) were particularly dangerous in the circle.

The Inland defence held firm and despite the six penalty corners awarded they did not score. There were some good saves by the ’keeper Jake Abbema (Hilton) and solid defence from Tyson Dlungwane (Maritzburg College).

With just under three minutes from half time, Inland were awarded their first penalty corner and they made sure with Marc Knoble (St Charles) flicking the ball into the top corner of the net.

What a reverse in fortunes in the second half as Inland got on top with better passing and ball control.

It was a fiery half with cards been handed out like a handful of confetti, quite often for off the ball offences. Here it was Inland that forced three penalty corners but the Coastal defence stood firm with ’keeper Michael Labuschagne (Glenwood) ensuring the ball did not get past him. The blond head of Jacques Bleeker (Westville) was also prominent in preventing Inland scoring a second.

With time running out it looked as if Inland were going to get a victory against their neighbours, but Coastals put in one last effort putting great pressure on Inland in their own half.

With three minutes before the final whistle, Ntuli finished off well with a reverse stick shot from an angle, which just hit the net on the inside of the upright. This gave Abbema little chance and Coastals had drawn level to share the points.

Other results from A section: EP 1 Amathole 0; S Gauteng 2 Boland 2; W Province B 4 E Gauteng 0; WP A 8 SWD 2; Northerns 2 S Free State 0; S Gauteng 1 E Gauteng 0.

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