Kearsney, Clifton in thrilling draw

2014-05-13 00:00

THERE was a 3-3 thriller between home side Kearsney and Clifton in front of a large crowd on Saturday.

With excellent inter-passing and basic skills, it was the visitors who commanded the first 25 minutes and Clifton went in front from two well-worked penalty corners in the ninth and 16th minutes.

Kearsney had the odd run into the Clifton half but were unable to convert the three penalty corners they were awarded. Clifton scored their third goal with a reverse-stick shot from the top of the circle. With one minute remaining in the first half, Bili Ntuli managed to get Kearsney on the scoresheet with a well-taken reverse-stick shot.

The second half was a complete change from the first. Within six minutes Kearsney were rewarded with a PC which Ntuli converted and with two minutes left Matthew Butler scrambled the ball home from a PC to level the scores.

Northwood hosted Hilton, who moved the ball securely around the deep areas of the field, developing good attacking hockey.

“Although Northwood had some enterprising play, particularly from counter-attack, Hilton managed to convert pressure into a number of PCs that allowed Ross Schreuder and Jarryd Edy to get on the scoresheet,” said Hilton coach Richard Robertson

“The second half began with a field goal from Edy before poor discipline resulted in Hilton losing their structure due to a number of cards,” said Robertson. “Northwood came back hard in the final quarter and earned a consolation goal from a PC, leaving the final score 3-1.”

Meanwhile, Maritzburg College, having played their last official match on April 12 and nothing since, travelled to King Edward VII School (KES) in Johannesburg for a meeting with their long-standing rivals; this after the teams had played to a 2-2 draw in March.

“College opened their account with a penalty corner variation finished off by Byron van der Merwe before the outstanding Michael Forrest added a brace, the last from a well-worked combination down the right and far post tap-in that was indicative of the forwards’ unselfish play,” said coach Devon van der Merwe.

The match ended 6-0 with the remaining goals coming from David Small, Amkelwe Letuka and Tevin Kok.

Other results: Glenwood 4 DHS 0; Kingsway 1 Amanzimtoti 0; Hillcrest 1 Crawford La Lucia 2; Pretoria Boys’ High 1 Westville 2.

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