Schools’ soccer:10-man PMB side sink Empangeni in early clash - College win one, lose one

2013-08-09 00:00

IT was a good start to the Kloof Soccer Festival for Maritzburg College who beat Empangeni High School 1-0 in their first game of the provincial high school tournament.

The goal was scored in the first half by Ryan Moon — the younger brother of Bafana Bafana midfielder Bryce Moon.

College coach Dan Haswell was happy with the result, despite his team finishing the game with 10 men following Njabulo Mwelase being given his marching orders for a rough challenge on an Empangeni player.

“The game was fast paced and quick.

“But the main thing I try to push the boys to do is close the ball down once we lose it,” Haswell told The Witness yesterday.

“[What we wanted] from the first game of the tournament was to get the point.”

One of the weaknesses College attempted to exploit in the game was the height and handling of Empangeni ’keeper Thabo Chili.

Two of Colleges star players, Maritzburg United’s Bandile Shandu and trialist, goalkeeper Brylon Petersen, attempted to test Chili from distance a number of times, but to no avail, with either the ball going over or the ’keeper collecting the ball.

“We saw that he was a bit short and his hands were a bit suspect, so we tried to exploit that,” Haswell said after their game.

He added that such a tournament was good for his team as they played against other good sides.

Empangeni High School coach Busani Biyela said he was happy with his team’s performance in a “fairly balanced game”.

“We should have done better,” Biyela said.

Despite the fact that College had a player with PSL experience in their ranks in Shandu, and a trialist in Petersen, he said they were not intimidated they and tried to go for the win.

“We had some good chances which we did not take, and we made silly mistakes, one which resulted in a silly goal.

“We also missed about four or five chances. It was our game to win,” he said.

College, however, did not get the three points in their second game, going down 1-0 to Bonela Secondary School.

Empangeni managed to get the win in their second game after putting two past Hillcrest.

James Burns of Kearsney finished the first day as the tournament’s top scorer with seven, six of which were scored in their 8-0 thrashing of Centenary.

The tournament continues today.



Brebner 2, Northwood 0

Eshowe 1, Pinetown 2

Port Shepstone 0, Grosvenor 2

Alexander High School 1, George Campbell 2

Kloof 0, Glenwood 3

Victoria Park 6, Kingsway 0

Empangeni 0, Maritzburg College 1

Carter 3, Clifton 0

Westville 1, Marianridge 1

Haythorn 1, St Benedicts 0

Fairvale 1, St Henrys 0

Hillview 0, George Campbell 2

Kloof 2, Clifton 2

Durban High School 0, IsiZinda 2

New Forest 1, Centenary 2

Hillcrest 1, Bonela 3

Westville 3, Port Shepstone 1

Brebner 3, St Henrys 2

Eshowe 4, St Benedicts 0

Alexander High School 1, Zakhe Agricultural College 0

Victoria Park 3, Durban High School 2

Paul Roos 3, Kearsney 2

Empangeni 2, Hillcrest 0

Carter 2, Glenwood 2

Hillview 2, Zakhe College 0

Marianridge 3, Grosvenor 0

Northwood 0, Fairvale 2

Pinetown 1, Haythorne 0

Kearsney 8, Centenary 1

Paul Roos 2, New Forest 0

Maritzburg College 0, Bonela 1

Kingsway 0, IsiZinda 4


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