DHS fight to the death to win against College in penalty shoot-out

2013-08-20 00:00

THE football gods are cruel. And Maritzburg College coach Dan Haswell agreed after their game against Durban High School at Harry Gwala Stadium at the weekend.

They were particularly cruel to Maritzburg College striker Ryan Moon.

Moon, younger brother of former Bafana Bafana star Bryce, scored a hat-trick that saw his side come from behind to lead 3-2, only for DHS captain Bayanda Khanyile to equalise with the last kick of the game.

With the scores tied at 3-3, and the 124-year-old Raw Cup at stake for the two sides, the game was decided in a penalty shoot-out. And Moon saw his spot kick saved by DHS ’keeper Mvelo Banda to set up Khanyile’s final kick, from which he scored.

The game itself was an exciting affair that saw both sides go through periods of dominance.

The first half witnessed early chances for both sides, but it was the boys from Durban who got out of the blocks quickest when a lovely bit of interplay between striker Dillon O’Brien and winger Mzokhlayo Mthembu saw the latter open the scoring after just 10 minutes.

Moon then put College level when he collected the ball from just outside the DHS 18-yard area, went past a few players and fired in from an angle to make it 1-1.

After the break, College came out of the change rooms looking to up the tempo. They were eventually rewarded when Moon doubled his tally after he picked up ball in the box and buried it past Mbanda.

However, DHS were soon level again when Langelihle Chamane put away his penalty after he was judged to have been fouled by Ayron Bond.

Moon made it 3-2 to College when he collected a brilliant through ball from Maritzburg United’s Bandile Shandu, to beat the ’keeper about 25 minutes into the second half.

With two minutes to play, and with College keeping the ball nicely, the Harry Gwala sprinklers came on in unison, three by three, and the referee had no choice, but to halt the game for 10 minutes.

It was after the restart that captain Khanyile had the last laugh and scored to make it 3-3 with the last kick of an entertaining game between the two sides.

The game was then decided with a penalty shoot-out, and when Moon stepped up, the College boys would have felt confident.

With every previous kicker going to his left, the left-footed Moon shot to his right with Mbanda guessing correctly to stop the shot.

It was then up to Khanyile, who stepped up to score the final penalty, to win the cup for his boys.

College coach Haswell said: “It was a great game. He [Moon] scores a hat-trick and misses a penalty. I guess that’s just football.”

DHS coach Sunil Bodasing said: “We were 3-2 down with two minutes to play when the sprinklers came on.

“I suggested that we call the game then and give it to College, but my matrics wanted to play the final two minutes.”

Other scores from

the weekend:

Michaelhouse 1-1 Kloof High School; Westville Boys’ High School 0-0 St Charles.

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