Forest Hills claim second successive league title

2014-08-28 00:00

THERE was everything to play for last Friday in the Pinetown and Districts Football Association league as three teams had a chance of winning the league in the last round of matches.

Forest Hills, Escombe and Highway United were all within a shot of the title but Escombe surprisingly lost to Brettenwood Old Boys the night before. Forest Hills and Highway United were sitting pretty at the top of the table with 37 and 35 points respectively before their clash on Friday.

Looking for their second successive league title, Forest Hills only needed a draw or win to retain the cup while Highway United needed to win at home to take the league.

The game kicked off with Forest Hills in control with some fluent passing as they went on attack early. They dominated possession and territory throughout the half but gave away a few too many free kicks in their own half.

The visitors had a number of chances they weren’t able to finish. That was until left back Isaac Hlope made a long pass from deep that went over the Highway defence. The cross met the head of striker Blair Thompson who beat Highway’s keeper to open the scoring.

After the half time break, the pendulum swung in Highway’s favour who took control of the game and pressured the Forest Hills defence. Forest Hills keeper Luke McCann was forced to make a number of good saves.

All looked good until a poor clearance by Forest Hills fell to the feet of a Highway player who slotted the ball past McCann and into the back of the net.

With the score level, a quick free kick by Forest Hills near the halfway line found substitute Derryn Lott who delivered a great cross that was smashed into the net by Michael Ngwane making it 2-1. A final effort by Highway was saved by McCann which sealed the win for Forest Hills.

In the earlier game, the Forest Hills Reserves finished in third place after a 1-0 victory over Highway Reserves, thanks to Tristan van Eck’s goal.

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