A mixed bag of high school soccer results

2013-09-03 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School rounded off their soccer season with a solid 3-1 win against Kearsney College at Westville on Saturday.

Jacques Bleeker got the hosts off to the perfect start with a goal after eight minutes, pivoting on the ball with his left foot and burying his strike into the bottom corner.

Westville continued to dominate, enjoying the lion’s share of possession for most of the first half, but they failed to capitalise on numerous opportunities. This came back to haunt them as Kearsney equalised before the break, Jordan Gregory finding the net.

Whatever Westville coach Steve Bezuidenhout belted out in the changeroom at the break had the desired effect, as his charges took on the second half with more vigour and intensity. Kearsney withstood many attacks but were unable to stop Kyan Braithwaite giving Westville the lead after good interplay between himself and Jason Oakes.

Westville continued to push forward, missing numerous opportunities and with five minutes remaining, Mohammed Patel put the result beyond doubt with a strike from outside the box for the 3-1 win.

Glenwood v Maritzburg College

Honours were shared 1-1 in this encounter played at College on Saturday. Glenwood took the initiative early on with numerous chances either going wide or sailing well over the crossbar. Glenwood broke the deadlock in the first half when a great build-up was finished by Marvin van Zuydam, who volleyed a cross into the corner of goal.

College had their chances and did most of the attacking as the half progressed. Through their continued pressure, they were awarded two penalties and could have gone ahead, even won the game, but it was not to be, as one was missed and the other found the mark.

Half time saw the sides at 1-1 and the second period saw both teams creating chances, and defending strongly with neither able to produce a match-winning strike.

Northwood v Hilton

Northwood produced their A game for this home encounter, sending Hilton packing with a comprehensive 6-1 win.

An own goal by Hilton early in the first half set the tone for what lay ahead as Godfrey Nkabinde and Ntobeko Sibisi grabbed a brace each, with Joshua Janse van Rensburg adding his name to the scoresheet.

It was a clinical performance by the team north of the Umgeni River, as they never let Hilton settle into any rhythm, applying pressure from the first whistle to the last.

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