Rocklands puts up a strong fight in MRP

2016-06-07 06:00

Cheers turned to disappointment as Aloe High and Glendale High struggled to a goalless draw before enthusiastic fans who flocked to the MRP sports complex in Westridge on Saturday.

While the two teams are struggling to pick up points and are four points apart in the MRP Foundation High Schools Soccer League-Mitchell’s Plain standings, they were two teams heading in opposite directions going into the match.

Aloe High is currently placed 10th on the league table with five points from five assignments.

Bottom of the log, Glendale High has been on a losing streak.

Glendale’s mentor, Shafeeq Jassiem, was desperate for his first win and points of the season. However, Jassiem and his opposite number Theodore Fleurs had to be content with a point each despite Aloe High School being awarded two penalties – not converted after both attempts were brilliantly saved by Glendale’s goalkeeper Abnito Samuels.

Despite the apparent divergence in form, Glendale looked the stronger side for much of the match. They kept their opponents at bay for long periods while carving out multiple half-chances without really threatening the back of the net.

Meanwhile, unbeaten and current log leaders, Tafelsig High School were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against a determined Rocklands High School.

Even though Tafelsig scored early to take the lead in the first stanza through Emeraan Rayners, Rocklands refused to lay down. In fact, Erefaan Abrahams’ Rocklands side were unlucky not to have scored more than once through Ronaldo Overmeyer and had the team found the back of the net, they could easily have bagged their first win of the campaign.

Beacon Hill High easily won their epic battle against Westridge 2-0, scoring a goal in each half, and now share the top spot on the log with Tafelsig High with 13 points from five games.

Wilbur Beukes’ Beacon Hill side missed out on the league title last season and it is no secret that he is in it to win it this season.

Keith October gave his team in the blue and white jerseys a 1-0 lead at the half-time break, while Buren Matthews slotted home a penalty kick in the second half that gave Beacon Hill a deserved 2-0 victory.

However, three of Westridge High’s players – Nathan Davids, Ethan Africa and Keenan van de Leer – were each issued with a yellow card from referee Clinton Kader and their coach Ismail Gasnola received marching orders for foul and abusive language.

The red card means that Westridge High will have to play the next two games without Gasnola on the bench, with Martin van de Leer set to take over Gasnola’s duties.

Princeton High School, by virtue of a resounding 2-1 victory against Woodlands High, moved a notch up the standings to third position with 12 points from five matches.

Woodlands High found the back of the net through Zandre van Niekerk.

Other results: Strandfontein High 1, Spine Road High 0; Portland High 2, Cedar Hill 1; Lentegeur 1, Oval North High 1; Cloetesville High 3, Mondale High 1.

Fixtures for Saturday, 11 June (fields in brackets): 09:00 – Spine Road High vs Beacon Hill High (A), Glendale High vs Westridge High (B), Oval North High vs Cedar High (C), Aloe High vs Portland High (D). 10:15 – Mondale High vs Woodlands High (A), Princeton High vs Tafelsig High (B), Cloetesville High vs Lentegeur High (C), Rocklands High vs Strandfontein High (D).

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