Unbeaten high schools knocked down

2017-09-19 06:01

Cloetesville and Tafelsig high schools took nose dives in Saturday’s key matches in the Mr Price Foundation high schools league at the Rocklands sports complex against Beacon Hill and Aloe high schools respectively.

Cloetesville High were brought down by the highly energised and equally motivated Beacon Hill High in a 2-1 victory.

Tafelsig High suffered their first defeat, going down 3-0 to Aloe High, who were just as confident in denting the good fortune and run of the opposition.

It was anticipated that under coach Wilbur Beukes, Beacon Hill High stood a good chance of beating the up-beat Cloetesville, ending their unblemished record.

Cloetesville’s Jowayne Manuel showed what a brilliant player in the making he is when he sneaked in the equalising goal two minutes before the break, beating off Beacon Hills custodian Thaaffir Petersen.

After a good run down the centre, Siraaj Williams and Byron Swarts brought Buren Matthews into play. Abdul Sait provided the finish that led to the opening goal for Beacon Hill.

That goal signalled the end of Curthwin Koopman’s clean sheet of nine games without conceding a goal.

In the second half, Beacon Hill put pressure on their opponents with good attack raids. One incident led to Collegeville’s number five defender, Jaquin Baartman, receiving a red card for a professional foul for obstructing an opponent in a goal-scoring opportunity.

The subsequent free kick from just a metre outside the 18m area produced a goal. Swarts curled his parting shot around the packed wall past the outstretched Koopman into the far corner. It turned out to be the decisive goal (2-1), sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Despite the 2-1 loss, Cloetesville High still top the league table with 31 points after 12 matches. Beacon Hill are in second place with 28 points and Tafelsig are now third with 27 points.

Aloe High were full of confidence in their 3-0 win against Tafelsig High Securo Jooste, Curtly van Beling and Sisonke Wodada shared in the goals.

Meanwhile, Beacon Hill High will be preparing themselves for their next challenge against Westridge High.

A second-half strike by Jamie Brown brought much relief to the Westridge boys, who struggled to come to grips with their play but still managed to beat Oval North High 1-0.

ResultsSpine Road 3, Glendale 1; Beacon Hill 2, Cloetesville 1; Aloe 3, Tafelsig 0; Woodlands 1, Lentegeur 1; Portland 1, Rocklands 0; Westridge 1, Oval North 0; Strandfontein 1, Princeton 0.

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