College beat a greatly improved Glenwood

2009-06-09 00:00

UNFORTUNATELY only two reports were received from hockey matches this week and one was a surprise result, as Kearsney were favourites to win the game against Northwood.

Maritzburg College vs Glenwood

Glenwood has improved greatly and their win against the top Durban side, DHS, bears testimony to this. DHS has also beaten College this season. College thus came out hard, putting immediate pressure on Glenwood. The first of their six goals came in the 16th minute when Matthew Guise-Brown converted the first penalty corner. At the break College led 20-0 after Guise-Brown had slotted the second penalty corner.

Andrew Manson scored two excellent field goals a minute apart, to put College 4-0 up with about 20 minutes to play. Dean Pengelley scored the fifth, after Manson had almost scored his hat trick but his shot was partially cleared, leaving Pengelley to guide the ball home. Guise-Brown completed the scoring with four minutes remaining, with his third successful penalty corner, to give College a well deserved 6-0 win.

Northwood vs Kearsney

Northwood started confidently and pressurised the Kearsney midfield into errors. Once the visitors found their rhythm, they forced a number of penalty corners but found Northwood and provincial keeper Wade Jacobs in scintillating form. Towards the end of the half Brendon Smith picked up a half-clearance in the Kearsney circle, beating the keeper with a powerful reverse stick shot into the roof of the goal.

Kearsney came out in the second half determined to get back on level terms, but Jacobs stopped everything that was hit at the goals. With 10 minutes remaining, Kearsney were again awarded a penalty corner when they possibly should have been given a penalty stroke, but again Jacobs stood firm.

With the minute ticking by, Kearsney threw everything into attack and inevitably were dispossessed and without their defence in position, David Bayne had a free run down the touchline and his cross found Warren van der Merwe free in the circle and he increased the lead to 2-0.

Kearsney were left to rue the missed chances and a penalty corner count of 8-2 in their favour, but it was Jacobs who was the man of the match with his magnificent saves.

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