Westville Boys’ victorious

2013-08-13 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School emerged victorious after beating Port Elizabeth’s Victoria Park High School 1-0 in the final of the Kloof Soccer Festival at the weekend.

The game between the two sides was a tight, physical affair, with crunching tackles and use of the high ball that at times, left one believing one was watching a rugby match.

Chances were few and far between and with both goalkeepers in excellent form, it took a set piece in the form of a long throw-in to break the deadlock in the first half.

Westville were awarded a throw-in on the left side of the pitch in the 22nd minute of the 25-minute first half. The throw-in bamboozled everyone in the box and towering Westville defender Kingsley Jollands got the faintest of touches to guide the ball into the back of the net for what proved to be the only goal of the game.

The second half was more physical and saw the referee brandish his yellow card on three occasions, although one was for time-wasting toward the end.

Victoria Park’s Dylan Adams, a maestro in midfield, attempted to dictate play for his side, but he was dealt with by Jollands and his defensive partner Jason Oakes.

Halfway through the second half, Westville’s Nhlanhla Blose had a golden opportunity to kill off the game but, after another long throw-in, he missed from close range as he skied his shot over the crossbar.

With six minutes to play, the boys from PE had a good chance to take the game into a penalty shoot-out, but Hamish Frosler, who out-jumped every­one, sliced his header well wide of the upright, sending the ball for a goal kick.

After the final whistle, the Westville players and coach Steven Bezuidenhout celebrated on the field while the Victoria Park lads rued what could have been. A jubilant Bezuidenhout told The Witness they did just enough to win and somewhat Mourinho-like, he said the better team on the day lost.

“They were very good in attack, but we were organised at the back,” Bezuidenhout said. “Along with Maritzburg College, these guys were our toughest opponents this entire tournament. They gave us a good run,” he said, adding that College, Westville Boys’ and Victoria Park were three of the best sides in the three-day long competition.

He said he was happy with the performance of all of his players, but those who stood out were centre backs Jollands and Oakes, plus goalkeeper Neil Boshoff, who was named player of the tournament.

Victoria Park coach Ralton Leander said it was a good, tough match with the scoreline testament to that.

“We had two good chances, but we didn’t take them,” he said of his side, who made a 16-hour bus trip from PE to take part in the tournament.

“We came here and the boys put in some good performances, plus we had some luck, which deserted us in the final,” he said.

For Leander’s team, the players that stood out were Reeve Frosler, Achuma Mtati and Lonwabo Balfour.

Reaching the final was not in vain for the side from the Bay as their goalkeeper Nicus Reezers was named goalkeeper of the tournament.

Alexandra High School flew the flag for Pietermaritzburg when they beat Mariannridge 3-1 in the Plate final.

Mariannridge had beaten Maritzburg College 1-0 in the Plate semi-

final, making sure there wouldn’t be an all-Pietermaritzburg final.

Durban High School demolished Clifton College 7-0 in the Bowl final.

James Burns of Kearsney finished the tournament as the top goal scorer, netting 11 times, six of them in the opening game against Centenary Secondary School.

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