Portlands grind out hard-fought win

2017-06-27 06:00

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“We dedicate this win to our deceased coach Anwar Ruiters.”

These were the words of Chadley Richards, captain of Portlands High School, after his team beat log leaders Beacon Hill High School 2-1 at the Rocklands sport grounds on Saturday.

Ruiters was the inspirational soccer coach at the school who suffered a heart attack during school hours last year.

The MRP Foundation high school soccer league is back in familiar surroundings in Mitchell’s Plain after the Stellenbosch municipality played host to the competition for two weeks.

Portlands High took the scoring chances on offer and defended their lead like Trojans.

They were smiling as early as the second minute of the game thanks to a Lyle Williamse penalty after Beacon Hill handled the ball in the goal area.

Williamse would complete his brace in the first quarter of the game after outfoxing Yazeed Loubser, Beacon Hill’s keeper, to score from near.

The log leaders got their wind knocked out in the first half. A goal by Taswill Leshou on the stroke of half time gave them some hope.

Beacon Hill had been impressive before this match, having scored 20 goals in three outings. But they came up against a team who kept its defensive line in tact.

Byrone Swarts and Beuran Mathews of Beacon Hill came close to snatch a point before full time, but their attempts at goal were often off target, which left coach Wilber Beukes dejected on the sideline.

It is early days in the competition, but this result opened the title race before the school holiday.

With all the talent on show on a Saturday morning, the participating schools can only improve on their performances with increased local support.


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