Thrilling schoolboy hockey entertains

2013-05-28 00:00

Westville 0 Northwood 2

Northwood claimed a solid win against a hard-working Westville team on Friday night.

The match was played at a high tempo with Northwood creating most of the chances, but unable to find the back of the net. Westville’s only chance of the first half came through a penalty corner that was run down by the Northwood first wave. The teams went into the half-time break locked at 0-0.

The second half saw Northwood build on their momentum of the first half and they finally managed to break down the Westville defence when a brilliant pass from Tylo Remke found Matthew de Sousa in space. De Sousa drew the goalkeeper and played the ball to Matthew Robinson, who made no mistake with a composed finish.

Northwood extended their lead late in the half when Steve McManus scored from a penalty corner rebound.

Maritzburg College 2

Glenwood 1

Glenwood came to College confident of sealing their first ever win on Papes. College, having lost a midweek game 10 days ago against Hilton, needed to win and they came out with intent.

College hit the ground running and created four clear chances in the first 10 minutes.

The breakthrough came in the 13th minute as an overhead from the back was passed to David Small in the ‘D’, who slipped the ball past Glenwood ‘keeper Mike Labuschagne to give College a deserved lead.

Ten minutes into the second half, Tyson Dlungwana played a precision long ball up the middle of the field and allowed Jorgen Wikström to get a shot off, which Small tapped in at the far post to double the lead. The ref awarded Glenwood a penalty corner with 11 minutes left, which they converted through Andile Phehlukwayo.

St John’s 5 Michaelhouse 1

The first half, with most of the play taking place in midfield, was a tight contest. St John’s got the first penalty corner of the match a minute before half time and scored to make it 1-0.

Early in the second half, a faint touch from a defender’s stick resulted in a fortuitous own goal. Another drag flick made it 3-0, and although the visitors also had their chances, they only managed to pull one goal back. With the outcome already certain, St John’s scored two more excellent field goals on the break late into the match.

St David’s 3 Michaelhouse 3

This was a thoroughly entertaining game of hockey.

After going 2-0 down, the visitors bounced back when Luke Stevens converted a penalty flick to trail 1-2 at the break.

Gareth Macaskill smashed in a reverse stick immediately after the break, and soon after this finished off a good move down the right to lead 3-2 with 15 minutes to go. The hosts finished the final quarter stronger, and converted one of a few penalty corner opportunities to make it 3-3 at the final whistle.

Hilton 3 Clifton 0

Although Hilton dominated the attacking moves, the Clifton defence was well organised.

Michael Salgado and Jarred Edy managed to break through later in the half to score from the circle and put the home side 2-0 up at the break. In the second half, Clifton stuck to their guns and it was a loan goal and his second by Salgado, that sealed Hilton’s win.

Other results from the week: Clifton 2 DHS 1; St Charles 6 DHS 2; Northwood 12 Thomas More 0; Crawford II 2 Northwood II 0.

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