Pinetown win last game with a cracker

2013-09-17 00:00

NDUDUZO Kheswa’s cracking goal from outside the box, which curled into the top of the net beyond the ’keeper, clinched a 3-2 win for Pinetown Boys’ High School against St Henry’s on Saturday.

It was Pinetown’s final match of the season and a fitting way to bring down the curtain in a home match supported by pupils and staff.

The hosts dominated proceedings from the start, enjoying the lion’s share of territory and possession. However, Pinetown could not stamp their authority on the game and the sides were locked at 1-1 at the break, with Andile Snyman scoring for Pinetown in what proved a constructive outing for him as he added another in the second period.

The St Henry’s goal came from a set piece and miscommunication at the back in Pinetown’s defence. Coach Garth Lawrence made some tactical changes, which paid off in the end, but not before St Henry’s had again equalised to deny Pinetown the advantage.

As the clock ticked on, it looked as though the spoils would be shared, with Pinetown attacking repeatedly to score the winner as St Henry’s defended stoutly, cutting out any danger.

Five minutes from time, Nduduzo, who has been one of the stalwarts in Pinetown’s side this season, picked the ball up on the right flank and, picking his moment, unleashed a left-footed cracker from just outside the box, the ball floating over the ’keeper into the back of the net. This from a natural right-footer.

Nduduzo’s whoops of joy and three somersaults were an indication of what the goal meant to him.

As the final whistle blew, Pinetown could reflect on a consistent season that saw them ranked fifth in the KZN schools soccer rankings, above many big-name schools.

Taking into account various tournaments and matches on the regular school calendar, the team played 30 matches, winning 16, drawing five and losing nine.

“For my first season as coach, I am satisfied with the team and have a solid platform to work from as the team moves forward,” said Lawrence.

“The players have worked hard, especially the matrics, who had trials in the middle of the season.

“Players have put their hands up and stepped up to the plate, proud to wear the jersey. I have five or six players returning next year and we can only look ahead and plot the course for a better season.”

Other results

Pinetown U14A 2 St Henry’s U14A 1

Pinetown U14B 2 St Henry’s U14B 1

Pinetown U15A 3 St Henry’s U16B 0

Pinetown U16A 3 St Henry’s U16A 0.

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