Pens hold Raiders to surprise draw

2014-08-27 00:00

THE surprise of day one at the Greenfields Men’s Interprovincial at Queensmead in Durban Tuesday was the 1-1 draw between fancied hosts KZN Coastal Raiders and Western Province’s second stringers, WP Peninsula (Pens).

The elite A Section’s late game saw Raiders lead 1-0 at half-time, scoring as early as the fourth minute through a Justin Domleo goal via the penalty corner route while SA U21 Junior World Cup player Marc Fourie dashed the home crowd’s hopes with a penalty corner equaliser four minutes from the end (66th).

Pens player/coach Steve Evans, the Athens 2004 Olympian, was a satisfied man. “We set out with the goal of getting at least a point and were able to do that by keeping a close watch on their standout players and making the most of the chances that came our way,” said Evans.

Champions WP were full value for their 4-1 victory over a very defensive Southern Gauteng Wits with striker Matt Botha netting a memorable hat-trick, including a magnificent reverse-stick field goal, while the incisive running upfront of SA striker Lloyd Norris-Jones was also a feature. Botha’s goals came in the 20th, 57th and 67th minutes with the opening strike coming from a superbly crafted team goal finished off by Wade Paton. Wits captain Nic Gonsalves scored his side’s goal in the 41st minute.

The draw with Pens puts a bit of pressure on Raiders as they go into Wednesday’s 4.30 pm clash with the Southern Gauteng team who boast 13 players, who have each worn the green and gold.

Southerns were too good for rank underdogs KZN Inland, a match in which many felt the score would reach double figures, but coach Jock Coombes’s PMB-based side played with remarkable determination.

Brandon Panther was superb for Southerns, getting a stunning goal amongst his two successful strikes, while Jethro Eustice, Gareth Heyns and James du Plessis also got on the scoresheet for the 2012 champions.

Northern Blues and Eastern Province were involved in a controversial 1-1 draw, with EP captain Lyall Meyer netting what looked to be the winner from the penalty spot, but the strike was disallowed.

The Port Elizabeth-based team had to be content with Keith Daniell’s magnificent goal while Northerns vice-captain Mark Holliday equalised seven minutes from the end.


A Section: Southern Gauteng 5 KZN Inland 0; Western Province 4 South Gauteng Wits 1; Eastern Province 1 Northern Blues 1; KZN Coastal Raiders 1 WP Peninsula 1.

B Section: Free State 3 SA Country Districts 0; North West 4 EP Settlers 1; Border 5 KZN Coastal Robins 5.

Still to play: KZN Coastal Mynahs vs Namibia.

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