GHS too strong for Voortrekker

2011-04-19 00:00

THE opening match of the Parklane SuperSpar A League saw the star-studded Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School first team beat the inexperienced Voortrekker line-up 5-1 after leading 1-0 at half-time at the Shelagh Bowness Greenfields Turf in Alexandra Road on Saturday.

The courageous Voortrekker side, under captain Anna-Marié Maartens, fought tooth and nail against a GHS team that was sprinkled with national and provincial age-group players.

“It took Girls’ High 21 minutes before they could penetrate the Vorie defence, when playmaker Sne Zungu ran along the baseline and popped the ball past goalkeeper Michele du Toit, for a relatively soft goal,” said Vories coach Charmaine Koekemoer.

Vories stopper Du Toit made a number of excellent saves to frustrate the ever-present GHS strikers, while skipper Maartens and vice-captain Annemie Janse van Rensburg, led by example and put together outstanding performances.

“The Voortrekker strikers created a few early chances and on one occasion GHS and South Africa goalkeeper Zimi Shange was beaten, but the inexperienced Vories forwards were unable to finish,” Koekemoer said.

After turning around 1-0 down, Koekemoer said that the Vorie girls could feel a little disappointed in their second-half showing, as they lost their structure — especially in the midfield — and Girls’ High were able to establish their dominance.

As a consequence, GHS applied a lot of pressure on the Vorie defenders, who struggled to get the ball out of their 23-metre area.

This created a hatful of goal-scoring opportunities and it was just a matter of time before GHS were to get the scoreboard ticking.

The industrious Vicki Jonker scored from a well-struck penalty corner and two further field goals followed soon after by Lee Higgs and the outstanding Zungu, whose excellent match was just about matched by her team-mate, Lunga Zulu.

It took GHS another 10 minutes before they slotted their fifth and final goal when Tarryn Higgs made no mistake.

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