School soccer league heats up

2018-09-13 06:00
Silukhanyo Primary School’s under-12 team score another goal in their 4-1 victory over Umqophiso Primary School on Tuesday afternoon.PHOTOs: mzwanele mkalipi

Silukhanyo Primary School’s under-12 team score another goal in their 4-1 victory over Umqophiso Primary School on Tuesday afternoon.PHOTOs: mzwanele mkalipi

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An exhilarating game between Umqophiso and Silukhanyo primary schools’ under-12 teams saw five goals being scored earlier this week.

The two sides locked horns at Lwandle Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, 11 September.

The encounter was played at a high pace by both teams and the first half produced an evenly contested outing as the teams went to break with the scores deadlocked at 1-1.

The Silukhanyo were the first to put the ball at the back of the net, after a long ball was played to the front.

The school’s striker easily slotted the ball passed the Umqophiso goalkeeper to give his team the 1-0 lead.

But this lead was short-lived, as the Umqophiso boys displayed a beautiful interchange in the middle of the park, which led to them scoring their opening goal (1-1).

In the second half of the encounter, Silukhanyo came back like a house on fire, quickly scoring two goals in succession.

The team’s second goal came as a result of two terrible blunders from Umqophiso’s goalkeeper, who failed to hold onto the ball.

The ’keeper parried it back into an oncoming player after a shot inside the 18-yard box; the Silukhanyo player took his chance and finished off much to the delight of his teammates.

Their third goal saw the Umquphiso ’keeper take his eyes off the ball as it was kicked directly to him.

He fumbled it and the ball rolled over the goal-line.

These goals seemed to energise Silukhanyo even more, and they kept pushing to add more points to the board. They eventually succeeded and scored their final goal to win the encounter by 4-1.

In an earlier under-10 match, the Umqophiso charges recorded a 1-0 victory over their Silukhanyo counterparts.

The scoreline, however, could’ve been much larger as Umqophiso also missed a penalty when the ball hit the post.

It was an interesting afternoonr, as both teams launched attack after attack.

Mthuthuzeli Zinganto, a teacher at Umqophiso Primary, was impressed by the school’s under-10 boys and labelled them as “promising”.

“These boys have great potential and they play as a team. We have high hopes as they still lead the league in their group,” he said.

Zinganto blamed the defeat of under-12 team on the players playing as individuals instead of a team.

“They think they know it all, hence these bad results. They do not consider to listen, a trait which the under-10 boys possess,” said Zinganto.

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