Midlands’ schools rule KZN

2012-08-21 00:00

THE annual age group tournament for the KZN High Schools Football Association was held last weekend.

The hotly contested U19 section was hosted at Kloof High School, with Pietermaritzburg represented by Maritzburg College, Carter and Hilton.

The Midlands region is a wellspring of young football talent, with all three of the local teams winning their groups to progress to the semi-finals. In the first semi-final Carter met Grosvenor, but neither side could find the net. Carter held their nerve to win 2-1 in the penalty shoot-out.

The other semi-final was a bit of a derby, with College drawn against the fast-improving Hilton side.

A goal in each half for College from Calvin Augustus and captain Toekelo Molefe meant they went through to face Carter. It was an edgy game with legs and minds of players on both sides tired after a full day’s action in the hot sun. With chances few and far between, the final also went down to the dreaded penalty shootout.

After six kicks each the teams were still deadlocked, at 5-all. College striker Ryan Moon, who ended as the tournament’s top scorer, slammed his penalty into the top corner to put College ahead and then College ’keeper Brylon Petersen saved the next penalty, winning the match for his side, 6-5.

It was a tough loss for Carter, who had entered for the first time, but College were worthy winners, having scored the most goals in the tournament and conceding none.

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