Central shaded by Maties

2019-05-07 06:00
Lance de Kock of Central hockey club (left) escapes the attention of the Maties players Lethu Thomo and Reece Arendse during a men’s grand challenge match played at Vygieskraal on Sunday 5 May. Maties won 2-1. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Lance de Kock of Central hockey club (left) escapes the attention of the Maties players Lethu Thomo and Reece Arendse during a men’s grand challenge match played at Vygieskraal on Sunday 5 May. Maties won 2-1. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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The Maties men’s hockey team scored a morale-boosting 2-1 victory against a tough Central outfit at Vygieskraal on Sunday 5 May.

Maties took their chances on the counter-attack with pace on both flanks.

Central conceded two goals, with a man in the sin bin for five minutes.

It was a mirror image of last year’s encounter when they also conceded with goals with a player off the park.

Central was on top in the early exchanges and dominated the possession and territory, regularly testing the Maties defence.

They were awarded their first short corner in the fourth minute but were unable to bridge the Maties defence.

Mustapha Cassiem drew the first save from Rob Mckinley, the Maties keeper, with a backhand shot to his glove hand.

Keenan Horne was also in outstanding form for Central and had some brilliant runs to test the resolute Maties defence.

Maties bridged the Central defence for the first time in the 22nd minute with Bernie Greybe forced into a double save to keep the scores level.

At the half-time break Central would have been the happier of the two squads, however, Ashlin Freddy, the Maties coach turned that around.

Maties dominated the third chukka and pinned Central in their own half for long periods.

The game was blown open with a yellow card awarded to Keenan Topley for a deliberate breakdown of play.

Alex Stewart scored a great goal with a deft touch off a short corner variation to beat Greybe in 41st minute (1-0) Maties then increased their lead three minutes later with a pace-infused counter-attack down the right flank.

Mathew Roman initially hit the upright, however, Mbuso Mgobzi scored from the rebound (2-0).

Central pulled a goal back via the stick of Horne with 12 minutes left to set up a tense final chukka.

Unfortunately, they were unable to find the net again and Maties fully deserved to bag all the points.

The Maties men’s hockey team scored a morale-boosting 2-1 victory against a tough Central outfit at Vygieskraal on Sunday 5 May.

Maties took their chances on the counter-attack with pace on both flanks.

Central conceded two goals, with a man in the sin bin for five minutes.

Central was on top in the early exchanges and dominated the possession and territory, regularly testing the Maties defence.

They were awarded their first short corner in the fourth minute but were unable to bridge the Maties defence.

Mustapha Cassiem drew the first save from Rob Mckinley, the Maties keeper, with a backhand shot to his glove hand.

Maties bridged the Central defence for the first time in the 22nd minute with Bernie Greybe forced into a double save to keep the scores level.

Maties dominated the third chukka and pinned Central in their own half for long periods. Alex Stewart scored a great goal with a deft touch off a short corner variation to beat Greybe in 41st minute (1-0) Maties then increased their lead three minutes later with a pace-infused counter-attack down the right flank.

Mathew Roman initially hit the upright, however, Mbuso Mgobzi scored from the rebound (2-0).

Central pulled a goal back via the stick of Horne with 12 minutes left to set up a tense final chukka.

Unfortunately, they were unable to find the net again..

The Maties men’s hockey team scored a morale-boosting 2-1 victory against a tough Central outfit at Vygieskraal on Sunday 5 May.

Maties took their chances on the counter-attack with pace on both flanks.

Central conceded two goals, with a man in the sin bin for five minutes.

It was a mirror image of last year’s encounter when they also conceded with goals with a player off the park.

Central was on top in the early exchanges and dominated the possession and territory, regularly testing the Maties defence.

They were awarded their first short corner in the fourth minute but were unable to bridge the Maties defence.

Mustapha Cassiem drew the first save from Rob Mckinley, the Maties keeper, with a backhand shot to his glove hand. Keenan Horne was also in outstanding form for Central and had some brilliant runs to test the resolute Maties defence.

Maties bridged the Central defence for the first time in the 22nd minute with Bernie Greybe forced into a double save to keep the scores level.

At the half-time break Central would have been the happier of the two squads, however, Ashlin Freddy, the Maties coach turned that around.

Maties dominated the third chukka and pinned Central in their own half for long periods. The game was blown open with a yellow card awarded to Keenan Topley for a deliberate breakdown of play.

Alex Stewart scored a great goal with a deft touch off a short corner variation to beat Greybe in 41st minute (1-0) Maties then increased their lead three minutes later with a pace-infused counter-attack down the right flank.

Mathew Roman initially hit the upright, however, Mbuso Mgobzi scored from the rebound (2-0).

Central pulled a goal back via the stick of Horne with 12 minutes left to set up a tense final chukka. Unfortunately, they were unable to find the net again and Maties fully deserved to bag all the points.

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