Westville end good season with 3-1 victory

2013-09-10 00:00

Westville Boys’ High School

v Maritzburg College

HARRY Gwala stadium in Pietermaritzburg hosted an enterprising clash which saw Westville bring the curtain down on their season with a 3-1 win.

College started well, controlling possession for the first 10 minutes, but were forced to take a series of long shots at goal, thanks to Westville’s organised defence.

This presented no problems for Westville ’keeper Neil Boshoff, who could gather easily and launch his side on attack at the other end of the field.

As Westville settled, they looked dangerous on the counterattack, coming close to breaking the deadlock on a few occasions.

In the 12th minute, Westville’s Kyan Braithwaite found the net after collecting Bongani Ndimande’s long pass and slotting past the ’keeper.

The goal lifted the Westville lads, who began to exert their authority, maintaining possession and launching dangerous forays into College’s penalty area.

It was a matter of time before Westville doubled their advantage and it came from a superb Mohammed Patel strike.

Receiving the ball 30 metres from goal, he pivoted and struck a thunder bolt into the top corner of goal in one fluid movement to head for the break with his side 2-0 to the good.

Westville continued in the same vein in the second half, putting the game beyond doubt within 10 minutes.

Great play between Smiso Buthelezi and Ndimande saw the latter slam the ball into the net and it was left until the last minute of the game for College to grab a consolation strike.

Westville can look back on a season that saw only one loss in 20 games, with the highlight being crowned champions of the Kloof High tournament last month.

Pinetown Boys’ High School

v Glenwood

On a hot afternoon in Pinetown, Glenwood edged Pinetown Boys’ 2-0 in a match which could have seen both sides claim the spoils.

The hosts started well with Glenwood somewhat lethargic, allowing Pinetown to close down the ball early.

This saw the home side close to scoring a few times before some stern words from the Glenwood coach on the sideline saw some structure to proceedings.

Just before half time, Glenwood was awarded a penalty when the referee adjudged the ball to have hit a Pinetown player’s hand in a goalmouth scramble.

Stepping up to the spot, Glenwood’s Arthur Dube slotted home for a 1-0 advantage heading into the changerooms.

In the second half, Glenwood attacked with purpose, keen to assert their authority and add to their tally.

However, they were thwarted by Pinetown ’keeper Thabiso Pakkies, who kept his side in the match with a series of brilliant saves.

It took a shot from Glenwood’s Josh Gounden to get past him, the ball going under his body and stopping behind him, allowing striker Ethan Richards to drag the ball onto his right foot and bury it into the net.

Northwood v St Charles College

Northwood took the honours with a 1-0 win at home, Godfrey Nkabinde’s first-half strike the difference between the sides.

In a balanced clash with both sides taking the game to each other, Northwood enjoying the bigger slice of possession.

St Charles did have a player red-carded but this did not have a serious impact on the match.

Northwood’s defence withstood whatever was thrown their way and the home side was somewhat unlucky not to find the net more often.

This was a result that saw Northwood end one of their more solid seasons in recent years, losing only two matches.

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