Ashley through to Misty Hills final

2014-03-13 00:00

ASHLEY Football Club booked their place in the final of the pre-season Misty Hills tournament last week with an emphatic 9-0 dismantling of New Germany Old Boys.

While the scoreline is huge in soccer terms, Old Boys struggled to field a quality side, having to rely on loaned players to do the job.

After some early exchanges, it was clear that Ashley were the stronger side and so it proved. The Old Boys’ goalkeeper was one of the loaned players and proved a weak link in the last line of defence brutalised by Ashley.

Ashley were ahead just after five minutes with striker Dave Wessels gathering a through ball and scoring at the near post. It wasn’t long before the advantage was doubled with Daniel­ di Mauro placing his kick deftly to beat the keeper.

In the second half, Ashley were clinical. Elvis Govender bagged a hat-trick, much to the delight of team manager Sebastian Olejniczak, while Wessels, Torsten Fehsenfeld, skipper Phil Skerrit and Heath Wilbraham completed the rout.

Despite the win, Olejniczak has asked his men to use the wings more and play the ball wide. He was encouraged though by the short passes and quick movement off the ball, an area of focus he highlighted early in the tournament.

Grant Kurten was welcomed to Ashley’s ranks, making a solid impact in his first run. He linked up well with Govender to dominate midfield, enabling both players to share the man-of-the-match honours.

The only concern for Ashley is the injury to Heiko Kayser who, once back on the pitch, will be a vital cog in Ashley’s engine room.

In the other match of the tournament, hosts Highway United needed a draw against FC Burrough to reach the final but were derailed by Shane Griffin’s winning strike in the second half.

Burrough dominated possession and had to dig deep to break Highway’s resistance. Once they had scored, Burrough had to stand firm as Highway pushed forward on numerous occasions.

Chris and Mark Davies were instrumental in their team’s success, while defender Kyle Nicosia was faultless in a performance which saw him share the man of the match award with keeper Vee Sukdeo.

The final tonight, at Ashley Football Club (Russell Street, Pinetown), kicks off at 7.30 pm.

Training is at Ashley FC on Mondays, from 6 pm.

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