PMB schools all make soccer festival last 16

2013-08-10 00:00

A SECOND-HALF hat-trick by striker Ryan Moon made sure that Maritzburg College finished second in their group and took them to the next round at the Kloof High School Soccer Festival.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder Bryce Moon’s younger brother was full of running throughout the game against Hillcrest High School as College looked to secure a passage through to the next round after going down to Bonela Secondary School yesterday.

With Bonela beating Empangeni High School, all College had to do was draw their game against Hillcrest to finish in second spot.

College found it difficult to adapt to the size of the small pitch early in the first half, and despite having the lion’s share of the possession and keeping the Hillcrest ’keeper Ntokozo Miya busy, the sides went into the break deadlocked at 0-0.

In the second half, College continued where they left off and the score was kept at 0-0 by the heroics of Miya.

Ten minutes into the half, the ball found its way to Moon from a throw-in and he couldn’t miss from close range, putting College in front.

Things were to go from bad to worse for Hillcrest when Meseli Ngobese was given his marching orders after a foul in the box.

Moon scored the resulting penalty, doubling his tally for the game and putting the game out of reach for Hillcrest.

Moon was to put the final nail in the coffin, and complete his hat-trick, when the ball ended up in front of him on the edge of the box after a pass by Thulas Dladla was deflected. With clinical precision, he completed the rout, and ensured Hillcrest finished the group as wooden spoonists.

Coach Dan Haswell told Weekend Witness his team managed to keep possession well during the game.

“We just needed to up the tempo [after going into half time at 0-0]. We’ve played them before and we’ve beaten them.”

He also said they had used the rest of their squad players for the game, which meant all of his boys had been given a run in the group stages of the tournament.

“The main aim for the first round was to get to the quarter- finals and we’ve done that,” said Haswell.

Speaking about the size of the pitch, he said: “We had very little space. We found it difficult to adapt to the size. I had the wingers running on the touchlines, and from that, they learnt to use the space available to them.”

Hillcrest coach Sibongiseni Ndebele said he had no complaints about his players’ performance, adding that he was “very happy” with his ’keeper Miya, who kept his side in the game before Moon’s goals condemned them to defeat.

Alexandra High School, Carter High School and Haythorne Secondary all finished second in their groups, progressing to the last 16.

In their last 16 game, College beat George Campbell 3-2 to progress to this morning’s quarter-finals.

All four Pietermaritzburg schools taking part in the tournament made it through to the last 16.

Haythorne also advanced to the quarter-finals after beating defending champions Bonela.

Alexandra also went through after beating Kearsney, while Carter were eliminated.

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