College prove a point against Glenwood

2015-04-21 00:00

WITH some schools only returning yesterday after their Easter break, there were only a handful of hockey matches at the weekend.

College started well after their Easter break and enjoyed a strong second half to overpower Glenwood in Durban, Westville dominated against Affies and in a Durban derby, DHS won by the odd goal against Clifton College.

Glenwood 0 College 4

Played at the Three Schools’ Astroturf in Durban on Friday evening, the Pietermaritzburg boys got down to business in the second half to prove a point after the sides changed sides goalless.

Glenwood started the stronger side as College soaked up the early pressure without seeing their defence broken down. Once College had enjoyed a feel of the ball and the turf, both sides had some encouraging moments but the finishing touches were not there as the sides were still deadlocked at the break.

The second period saw both sides attacking in end-to-end action to no avail until College’s Amkelwa Letuka found the net after finishing off an attack down the right channel. Letuka had a hand in College’s second strike soon afterwards when he pounced on an opportunity in the circle, his pass to the far post coming off a Glenwood defender and finding the goal.

Having found goal, College stepped up a gear, Bradley Sherwood ­responding with a superb individual effort down the left that saw him draw the keeper and deliver a sublime effort for a 3-0 lead.

With 10 minutes remaining, College signed off with their fourth goal from a penalty corner, Courtney Helle doing the honours.

Westville 4 Affies 0

Playing away from home, this result bodes well for Westville as the season progresses. Dominating in most facets of the game, Westville deserved their win, starting strongly and creating some early chances that they failed to convert.

After both sides had looked a touch edgy early on, Westville made their possession and control count when they scored from a penalty corner, 10 minutes into the game.

Although the Affies keeper saved the initial effort, the loose ball saw Ethan de Charmoy hit the mark.

A further two penalty corners — the first defended well by Affies — saw Westville double their advantage from the second, when, in a replay from their first goal, the Affies keeper defended only for the loose ball to be rammed home by Westville striker Ryan ­Colman.

Affies continued to fight hard, ­winning penalty corners of their own, which called on all the skills of Westville’s defence. As the first half came to a close, it was Westville who finished stronger, Matthew Davies’s flick from another corner cleared off the line.

There was no let up in the second half as both sides took each other on, Westville enjoying an extra man advantage after a green card reduced the home side to 10 men.

Tight midfield battles limited any opportunities in the circle and it took an Affies mistake to allow Westville to move further ahead. Mbuso Mgobozi capitalised and beat the keeper on the inside post for his 12th goal of the season and soon after, the final nail was driven into Affies’ coffin when Davies picked up an intercept and fed captain Ryan Bradfield whose reverse stick effort slammed home. This was his 13th goal of the season.

Westville also finished with 10 men after Colman was yellow carded.

Other Result

Clifton College 0 DHS 1

• Kearsney College’s 1st hockey team toured Belgium and Holland during the holidays, gaining valuable experience against some strong teams.

They played in the HDM Easter Tournament in the Hague, beating Como 4-1 in the semi-final but losing 1-2 to the Polish U18 national side in the final. Overall, Kearsney’s first team played eight matches, winning five, drawing one and losing two.

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