St Anne’s warm their supporters’ hearts with fine win

2014-05-13 00:00

THE much-anticipated Parklane Superspar A-League clash between St Anne’s and The Wykeham Collegiate lived up to every expectation and the overcast, cool Saturday morning was warmed up considerably by the action on the field.

St Anne’s won 3-0 after leading 2-0 at the break, the goals going to Tessa van der Merwe and Sophie Macdonald (2), but those statistics do not tell the whole story.

St Anne’s coach Charlie Pereira told The Witness that his side pressed hard from the start with fine attacking play, a penalty corner rebound by Van der Merwe coming early in the game (12th minute) to put the Hilton side 1-0 up.

In the 19th minute, after absorbing a TWC onslaught, McDonald latched on to counter-attack ball and ran half the field before rounding off the solo goal with a clinical finish.

“The second half saw continued pressure from St Anne’s and the game was settled [in the 45th minute] when Rosie Elliot made good use of turnover ball before finding Macdonald unmarked in the circle, and another neat finish took the score to 3-0,” said Pereira. “It was a great team effort.”

TWC coach Binks Robertson said that during the last three years her team and St Anne’s have played seven fixtures against each other, all resulting in a draw.

“St Anne’s were strong in the midfield with Elliot and Hannah Moxham turning over ball. Calla Wilford showed good pace and offered St Anne’s good attacking options,” said the TWC coach.

TWC stayed in the game, with strikes by Sarah Dixon and Nicola Deenik being kept out by St Anne’s goalkeeper Megan Rebstein-Dovey and the stopper’s team-mate, Macdonald, broke through the TWC defence twice to make the game safe.

The score may seem like a heavy defeat, but TWC definitely had their opportunities, which they couldn’t convert.

“There were more or less equal circle entries by both teams and we failed to convert seven penalty corners. We will need to sharpen up these set-pieces before the next fixture,” said Robertson.

“Our defence pushed up too high in the field and were no match for the pace of St Anne’s strikers McDonald and Van der Merwe. But we will put the game behind us and move on.”

After drawing 0-0 at the Parklane Superspar Pre-season Tournament earlier in the year, both Epworth and visitors Treverton had something to prove on Saturday and it was the Scottsville team who eventually prevailed 1-0 thanks to a Kelly Trimborn strike.

“The game was fast-paced and physical from the start with both teams pushing hard for the opener,” said Epworth coach Kara Stella, who added that Treverton dominated early on but the score was still 0-0 at half-time.

Stella, a fine provincial player who has played for the South Africa women’s hockey team, said Epworth began to settle into a rhythm in the second half, recovering from their difficult start as they struggled with Treverton’s high intensity.

“We tested Treverton on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful as their defence held firm but we finally broke the deadlock with about 10 minutes to go, Trimborn scoring off a well-worked short corner,” said Stella, who added that a few minutes later, Epworth were unlucky not to score again as the ball hit the inside of the post and bounced back into play.

“Treverton worked hard for the equaliser with two counter-attacks, forcing two brilliant saves from our keeper Brittany Gouw and that ensured the win,” Stella added.

Meanwhile, a confident TWC had played Voortrekker on Thursday and won 3-0.

“TWC moved the ball extremely well and dominated the midfield,” said Robertson.

TWC striker Megan Smith opened the scoring with a deflection goal while Nicola Deenik scored the second goal off a penalty corner.

“Voortrekker keeper Prudence Qwesha was valuable in defence and saved a number of goal shots,” said Robertson.

Late into the second half, Jemma Veenstra crossed a ball into the circle which caught the edge of Sarah Dixon’s stick and flew over the keeper’s head for 3-0.

A last-minute break-out by a Vories striker got the crowd on their feet but diving defender Bailey le Roux blocked the opportunity.

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