Westville and Kearsney outplay Northwood and Michaelhouse

2014-08-12 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School came from behind to beat a spirited Northwood outfit 2-1 in Durban North on Saturday.

The visitors started well, knocking the ball around and creating space. They moved the ball with maturity and patience, enjoying solid possession and attacking with purpose.

The bounce of the ball always has the final say and Westville conceded a soft goal in the eighth minute after Northwood struck on the counter attack.

Westville’s Ndumiso Mbambo, having picked up the ball after a clearance from Northwood’s defence, lost possession, allowing the home side to outstrip the defence and beat keeper Jesse Smit for the opening goal.

Being behind, Westville increased their urgency and purpose, using the width of the field to their advantage. Northwood’s defence was kept busy but the pressure proved too much when Westville levelled matters in the 26th minute.

A long throw from Ibraheem Vahed was flicked on by Brad Smith with Kyan Braithwaite volleying home at the far post. Five minutes later, Westville were in front, Smith pouncing on another Vahed long throw to see his header find the top right corner.

The second half saw both sides look a touch weary, but they pushed forward, looking for goals. It was end-to-end action played at a healthy tempo and in a good spirit.

Towards the end, Westville lost their shape, defensive errors allowing opportunities to open up for Northwood who failed to capitalise on good goal-scoring opportunities.

The visitors held on for the win in a match which saw them play their best football to date in the first half.

Northwood are to be commended for their lush field, which allowed constructive football to be played and the spectators created a great atmosphere which added to the game.

KEARSNEY College travelled up to Michaelhouse where a single goal was enough to give them the spoils.

Having lost to St Charles the previous week by the same 1-0 scoreline, the hosts were keen to get their season onto the right track, but it was not to be.

Both sides started cautiously, intent on retaining possession, a ploy which ultimately cost Michaelhouse. A back-pass was pounced upon by striker Luke Croshaw who had no trouble in rounding the keeper to strike home.

That was enough to secure the game, but Michaelhouse did press hard for the equaliser. It was thanks to Kearsney keeper Donald de Cramer who had another outstanding game between the sticks that his side stayed ahead. Toward the end, Michaelhouse came ever so close to netting the equaliser, with De Cramer beaten and the goal beckoning. Unfortunately, having gone wide of the keeper, the Michaelhouse striker pushed the ball wide and the moment was gone.

Other Results:

Glenwood 2 New Forrest 1

St Charles 2 Clifton 3

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