Westville maintain impressive form with away win

2014-06-10 00:00

WESTVILLE continued their winning ways with a 4-0 win away to Clifton College at Riverside Astro.

The first Westville goal came from a penalty corner late in the first half with a slider to the back post that was deflected home by Jason Ward.

After the break, Westville scored a great goal that started with a fake slap into the circle from Ryan Bradfield that deceived the entire Clifton defence. Bruce Kerr picked it up at the top of the circle and smashed it into the bottom-left corner. Kerr got his second goal soon after, bunting the ball into the back of the sack from a rebound, bringing his tally to 21 and making him highest goalscorer.

Westville’s fourth goal came from a well-executed penalty corner that left the Clifton PC defence in disarray. The ball was injected to the second castle by James Cumming and then slid back to the pusher by Bradfield. Cumming hit a first-time slap into the goals, scoring his 13th — and Westville’s 100th — goal of the season.

“Westville have scored 100 goals and only conceded 17 this season,” satisfied Westville head coach Sharmin Naidoo — a mentor who is not easily pleased — told The Witness yesterday.

Kearsney beat DHS 2-1 in a game that was scrappy, but credit must go to DHS, who certainly put up a good showing on their Founder’s Day. Their defensive efforts were backed up by keeper Troy Stein, who had a fantastic game, pulling off a number of very good saves.

Matt Butler gave Kearsney the lead before captain Ruben van Aswegen scored after the changeover. DHS pulled one back with seconds left on the clock.

The Michaelhouse/Maritzburg College match in Balgowan had been eagerly anticipated. It was the hosts’ Old Boys’ Day and though the visitors were favourites, Michaelhouse fancied their chances.

The hosts threatened their opponent’s goalline early in the first half but stalwart defence and good goalkeeping saw the chances come to nothing.

Both teams went into the break goalless but College opened the scoring in the 39th minute when there was a turnover in midfield and the counter resulted in a tap-in by Michael Forrest. This lifted the intensity as Michaelhouse continued to apply pressure, the College team receiving two yellow cards.

With three minutes left College were awarded a PC and Peabo Lembethe made no mistake, converting a slip-flick for the game to finish 2-0.

In the final analysis the home side were disappointed with what was only their second loss of the season.

• The schoolgirls’ hockey report and a junior hockey story will be published later this week.

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