Scintillating football

2011-08-16 00:00

THE school football season is nearing the halfway mark, and some schools seem to be rising above the others. Carter have had some good results in the midlands region, with Westville and Durban High School looking good in the Durban region. They played one another on Saturday, and drew the match.

If schools wish football to become a better spectator sport then (at least) at first-team level, there should be linesmen, first-aid assistants and competent referees.

Carter 2 Howick 0

This was a difficult game to referee as both sides wore blue shirts, although slightly different shades, and there were no linesmen. Fortunately, there were no controversial decisions.

The first half was even and Carter should have taken the lead in the first quarter with the Howick goalkeeper caught out of position, and the Carter striker missing an open goal.

A good cross ball from the left after a counterattack by Carter, found captain Trae Jamalodeen unmarked, and he made no mistake to put his side into the lead. A few minutes later, Carter scored what appeared to be a second goal from an acute angle, but protests from the Howick defence caused the referee to inspect the side netting, and he acknowledged that the ball had gone through a hole in the side netting.

It mattered not as Carter scored their second goal when the Howick ­goalkeeper rushed out, only for John Abrahams to lift the ball over the goalkeeper into the goal.

Howick had their chances, but the Carter defence were well organised and Minkie Mtshali in the goals had made some good saves.

Hilton 1 Michaelhouse 0

In a match played at a frenetic pace, both teams played some scintillating football, with the quality of Hilton’s passing game clearly evident in the first half. Despite Hilton having more of the possession and playing large chunks of the first half in the opposition half of the field, it was Michaelhouse who forced goalkeeper Matthew Holding into two fine saves.

The second half was very physical, with both sides putting in some big challenges. Hilton’s patience eventually paid off as their leading goal scorer, Ngobi Maseko, finished off a fine move started in the midfield. It was a finish out of the top draw, giving Hilton a ­deserved win against their rivals.

St Charles 1 Clifton 1

Another game that had plenty of movement from one end to the other was at St Charles, where they played against Clifton from Durban. Both ­goalkeepers, Shaun Tulley from Clifton and Warrick Dukes from St Charles, were called on to make saves in the first half, to leave the teams goalless at the break.

With the tension building, St Charles seemed to be getting the better of their opposition when playing downhill. They took the lead with a superb header from Bradley Fotobong, which skimmed under the crossbar, giving Tulley no chance.

This stimulated the visitors and they increased the tempo. Five minutes ­before the end, Kyle Jackson equalised with another goal that gave Dukes little chance as his kick thudded into the top corner.

This was probably a fair result as both teams had missed chances, and had periods of play where they dominated.

Other results from the week: DHS 2 Westville 2; Alexandra 3 Howick 2; Kearsney 5 Hillcrest 0; Pinetown 2 St Henry’s 0; Howick 5 Wartburg 0; Kingsway 3 New Forest 0; Northwood 2 Maritzburg College 0

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