Kearsney dominate but fail to log a win

2014-05-06 00:00

Kearsney 1 — 1 St Charles

IN a midweek hockey fixture, Kearsney took on St Charles at home. From the onset, Kearsney dominated play, forcing the visitors to defend their goal for most of the half.

The St Charles goalkeeper did a sterling job to keep out various attempts at goal, as the Kearsney strikers had numerous clear opportunities to close out the game, but the strikers either missed the goals, hit the post or the ball was stopped from crossing the line.

With Kearsney’s frustration levels rising at their inability to score, Bili Ntuli broke the deadlock in the 20th minute when he finally scored a field goal.

Late in the first half, St Charles had a few chances of their own to draw level, but Ross Koekemoer and Matt Last prevented them from scoring. Kearsney went into the break 1–0 up.

The second-half pattern of play was very similar to the first half, with Kearsney enjoyed most of the possession but having nothing to show for it as they continued to squander several more goal-scoring chances to extend their lead.

With the clock running down and one minute of play left, the old saying “play to the final whistle” came back to haunt the Kearsney side.

With less than a minute to go, St Charles, who had not given up throughout the match, hit the ball to their right wing from the back and the Kearsney defence, having not had much to do in the game, was in tatters.

St Charles entered the Kearsney circle for the first time in the half and scored a clinical field goal from the top of the D, which levelled the scores.

With Kearsney recording 35 circle entries compared to five by St Charles, as well as the fact that Kearsney were not able to score once from the five penalty corners they were awarded, left the coaching staff frustrated and the home team bitterly disappointed and ruing their countless missed chances.

Michaelhouse 1 — 1 Hilton

Saturday’s match on the Aitkens Astro began in front of a large, vocal crowd anticipating an encounter where the visitors, on paper at least, would come away with a victory.

The game had to be played out though, and the home team would have trotted on buoyed by the knowledge that Michaelhouse had lost only one (U14C went down 0-2) of the 11 hockey matches that had come before on the day.

Very structured hockey ensued, with both teams sparring but cautious not to make mistakes.

The first half was contained largely to the middle of the field with not many circle entries.

Hilton capitalised on a penalty corner award from an infringement in the 22 and an own goal was scored with a slap from Rodd Talmage deflecting off a Michaelhouse stick, giving Hilton a 1-0 lead at half-time.

The second half was played at a higher pace with both teams being defensively strong.

Towards the last 15 minutes, Michaelhouse started applying more pressure on Hilton.

The boys from Balgowan were rewarded with a short corner, which captain Henri Strijdom converted with a straight hit.

Michaelhouse continued applying more pressure and a drag flick from Gareth Macaskill was deflected off the line from under the crossbar by Talmage.

While Michaelhouse finished the stronger of the teams, a draw — the first since 2010 — was generally considered a fair result.

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