Maritzburg College remain unbeaten in KZN

2011-05-24 00:00

THE three KZN teams that played in Johannesburg last Saturday all returned home with a loss. Kearsney have now lost two matches in succession. Only Martitzburg College remain unbeaten in the province.

Maritzburg College 2 Westville 0

Westville went to College on the back of some good results in local circles and a tough first half ensued with a solitary penalty corner to College going unrewarded. The midfield battle was evenly contested and both teams fought hard to open the scoring. At half time the score stood at 0-0.

Throughout the second half it was cut and thrust by both teams. In the 50th minute Nicholas Bechet, at right defender, turned the ball over and fed striker Grant Glutz, who rounded an advancing Westville goalkeeper to put College 1-0 in front. Five minutes later, College won a ball off a Westville striker and he fed Nic Wanliss who threaded a pass to Gltuz for the striker to score his 28th goal of the season. College and Westville each had two second-half penalty corners none of which were converted.

St Charles 1 St Albans 1

The visitors had much of the play in the early part of the first half. Ten minutes into the match, a St Alban’s player was quicker to the rebound off Andrew Lawrie’s pads and he beat the goalie at the second attempt. St Charles stepped up their game after the goal and the rest of the half was evenly contested.

St Alban’s almost went two goals up five minutes into the second half when they hit the crossbar from a penalty corner flick. Halfway through the half, St Charles forward Uli Fischer broke through the St Alban’s defence to score the equaliser. The defence of both teams then prevented further goals in the match and the final score of 1-1 probably pleased the home team more than their visitors, who had beaten St Charles 6-3 in Pretoria last season.

St Stithians 3 Kearsney 1

Having enjoyed most of the possession, Kearsney were guilty of too many mistakes and this cost them dearly.

The visitors were the early leaders when Buzz Dhlomo scored a field goal. As in the previous week against Maritzburg College, they were their own worst enemy. A goalkeeping blunder left Kearsney reeling as Saints tails were lifted as they equalised. After the home side went 2-1 up, Kearsney started to play again and only some tenacious defending kept Kearsney at bay.

As so often happens in the closing minutes, with one side putting everything into their attack, St Stithians broke away, scoring at the other end in the final minute of the game.

St Johns 2 Michaelhouse 1

This was a tight fixture without much leeway in the first half. St Johns went into an early lead and then the visitors were playing catch up. Towards the end of the half Tyrone Thomas­ scored to equalise. The second half was much the same, but it was a great field goal after about 20 minutes that broke the deadlock for the home side, giving them the 2-1 win.

Maritzburg College 6 St Albans 1

Jordan Turnbull opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a goal from an acute angle. St Albans came back scoring from a penalty corner four minutes later. A College penalty corner was stopped and from the rebound College were awarded a penalty­ stroke, which Tim Guise-Brown converted. Turnbull scored his second field goal to take College into a 3-1 lead at the break.

The second half saw College play with 10 men for 15 minutes after some very unnecessary indiscretions, but this seemed to force the home team to start throwing the ball around which they did with speed and accuracy.

Five minutes after half time, Hayden Griffiths scored a field goal and six minutes later, Glutz scored a classy effort­ after a good build-up to put College­ 5-1 in front.

In the 52nd minute, Turnbull scored a third goal to complete his hat trick. St Albans pressurised in the final minutes and College did well to keep out three penalty corners awarded to their visitors.

OTHER SCORES

Northwood 1 Glenwood 2; KES 2 Hilton 1; M College II 4 Treverton 2; Hillcrest 2 Carter 2; Thomas More 4 Hillcrest 0.

The final playoffs in the Kearsney Night League will be played this week. Kearsney and Glenwood, after drawing 1-1 last Wednesday, are placed first and second, so they will contest the final. The teams placed third and fourth, Northwood and Michaelhouse, play one another, and at the bottom of the table Westville and Clifton will face one another.

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