Comfortable wins for visiting sides

2012-05-01 00:00

THE two hockey matches on Saturday were both won comfortably by the visiting sides.

The other game reviewed was played last week, but the report did not arrive in time for publication last Tuesday.

St Charles 0 — 3 Michaelhouse

The result of the match was seldom in doubt although St Charles did make some concerted efforts to score. Overall the Saints probably were awarded more penalty corners, but Michaelhouse were more dangerous entering the home side’s circle more frequently.

It was a good team effort in the first-half as the Michaelhouse players moved the ball around creating attacking opportunities.

The first goal came 10 minutes into the match when they worked the ball into the circle and Scott Wadeson was able to round the advancing keeper and put the ball into the net.

The second goal came towards the end of the half when Sean Donaldson scored with a penalty flick after indiscretion by St Charles in the circle.

Not long after play resumed in the second-half, Michaelhouse went 3-0 up when Greg Waterman scored from a penalty corner.

Michaelhouse then appeared to take their foot off the pedal and they were content to prevent St Charles from scoring rather than kicking on. St Charles were unlucky hitting the post twice, once from a deflection in the first half and from a penalty corner in the second half.

Hilton 0 — 3 Kearsney

Kearsney took their chances early on while Hilton took some time to find their feet. When they did it was too late and Kearsney were already two goals to the good.

Pressure was built by the visitors which enabled many more circle entries than Hilton managed.

Forcing penalty corners Kearsney went three up and it was only in the second-half that the match became more competitive. But by then the damage had been done.

No further goals were scored, but Kearsney were happy to defend knowing that they probably had the game won. Hilton have been slow starters this season and this is an aspect they need to work on.

DHS 0 — 3 Maritzburg College

College went up 1-0 in the first five minutes when a counter attack from midfield saw Tim Guise-Brown pushing the ball to Jordan Turnbull in the circle, who finished clinically. Although College maintained dominance in possession for most of the half, it wasn’t until a minute before the break when Guise-Brown scored with a powerful penalty flick to take College into half-time 2-0 up.

Midway in the second half Guise-Brown again scored with a drag flick to make the game safe for College. Despite the domination they enjoyed, DHS hung in and would have been satisfied that they did not concede any further goals.

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