St Charles draw with DHS at soccer

2013-08-06 00:00

ST Charles College defended like Trojans to keep out the more dominant Durban High School team during their school soccer encounter on Saturday.

The game ended goalless, but the result could have been much worse for the St Charles boys had DHS converted their advantage into goals.

The first real chance of the game followed a mesmerising run down the left wing by DHS’s Mzo Mthembu. He managed to get himself into the box before seeing his shot parried away by goalkeeper Chris Petrides.

The ball fell into the path of Sonke Ntuli, who forced Petrides into another save.

The game became more and more of a one-sided encounter as DHS sent in ball after ball into the St Charles’ box. However, the boys from Maritzburg managed to hold out to go into half-time still deadlocked at 0-0.

If the first half was all DHS, the opening stages of the second saw St Charles create their own chances, which they missed.

A defensive error by the Durban school’s Nicholas Naidoo led to a corner, which in turn resulted in a goal-line scramble that should have seen St Charles take a 1-0 lead.

But, with the ball falling to Bandile Zwane’s feet, he missed the shot and the ball was gathered.

St Charles had another golden opportunity to go ahead when lanky striker Mubanga Chisimba attempted unsuccessfully to lob the keeper Mvelo Banda.

After that chance, which fell about 15 minutes into the second half, DHS regained their strangle-hold on the game in search of that elusive goal, which never came.

After the game, St Charles coach Rodwin Isaacs acknowledged that his players were on the back foot for most of the game.

“They [DHS] were very good in attack, and we just had to sit back and defend. I thought we were solid in our defending. This is a quality DHS side. We’ll take a draw, but obviously we would have loved a win,” he told The Witness.

Neil Bodasing, the coach for DHS, was unhappy with his side not converting their dominance into goals.

“It was too one sided. We missed too many chances, which we should have put away,” he said.

“It was a nicely contested match, and credit to St Charles for the way they played.”

Results from the weekend:

St Charles College 0, Durban High School 0

Carter High School 2, Maritzburg Christian School 2

Kearsney College 3, Michaelhouse 1

Haythorne Secondary School 2, Heritage Academy 0

Treveton 1, Howick 1

St Nicholas 2, Zakhe Agricultural College 1

Wednesday’s results

Howick 1, Carter High School 4

Haythorne 3, St Nicholas 0

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