Table set for Tafelsig, Beacon Hill

2016-06-14 06:00
Justin Petersen of Beacon Hill High School heads the ball before Spine Road High School player Dorren Jacobs puts in a challenge from behind in a MRP foundation game played in Mitchell’s Plain on Saturday. Beacon Hill won the match 1-0.

Justin Petersen of Beacon Hill High School heads the ball before Spine Road High School player Dorren Jacobs puts in a challenge from behind in a MRP foundation game played in Mitchell’s Plain on Saturday. Beacon Hill won the match 1-0.

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Beacon Hill and Tafelsig high schools could not be separated at the top of the MRP Foundation High Schools Soccer League-Mitchell’s Plain standings as both sides pulled off 1-0 victories against Spine Road and Princeton respectively at the MRP Sports Complex in Westridge on Saturday.

The pacesetters are perched at the top with 16 points apiece from six matches.

However, their much-anticipated the top-of-the table clash this Saturday will not only be an exciting and riveting showdown, but will offer the opportunity for the winning team to create some daylight between them and the chasing pack.

Meanwhile, Azola Billy’s goal was all Beacon Hill High needed beat Spine Road High School.

Wilbur Beukes, coach of Beacon Hill, says his charges found the going a little tricky against Spine Road. His team reacted by approaching their opponents differently and employing their natural game plan in the hope that they will gain the tactical edge.

“I think the adjustment to our plan worked well as we came out of the gate fast in the first half, pushing Spine Road and dominating the field. Keith October helped to create the first goal when he took the ball towards the end line, playing it into the box. A deflection off the opposition defender found the feet of Billy and scored a well taken goal that enabled us win,” Beukes added.

Morné Kleinhans, Spine Road High’s coach, was a bit frustrated with his team as Tapey Fredericks, Fahrudeen Oliver and Zubair Heyns created ample chances but left their scoring boots at home.

Tafelsig High It was primarily the Tafelsig goalkeeper Clayton du Plessis that thwarted Princeton’s chances at victory as the custodian delivered point-blank saves to deny Matthew Tiemie and Cole Hartzenberg in particular.

“Tafelsig’s goalie deserved the player of the match award,” said Princeton High’s mentor, Charles Uys.

Andrew Geldenhuys’ Tafelsig side would also claim that they shaded their opponents in the final third and played neat one-touch football and had Emeraan Rayners and Giovanni Jaftha converted their chances they could have won by a bigger margin.

Glendale HighTwo well executed goals by Mickyle Hendricks and Kyle Rhode, gave Glendale High reason to celebrate their first win of the season after their sixth attempt. They upset the form book in beating a demoralised Westridge High 2-0 and moved up five positions after languishing at the foot of the log.

It was Westridge’s third defeat of the season and it comes on the back of a slump in form after losing their last two matches in a row.

Cedar High Cedar High School’s change in fortune has put the spring back into their coach’s step.

A two-goal tonic through the efforts of Dyllin Rossouw put Mervyn Gronewald’s Cedar side on the road victory after Dawood Lawrence had given Oval North High a 1-0 lead.

“We are improving after experiencing mixed fortunes in our earlier matches, but I am confident if we do bag a few more good results our way we could finish the season fairly well,” said Groenewald.

The results of the other four matches were: Strandfontein High 1, Rocklands High 1; Portland High 3, Aloe High 2; Cloetesville High 3, Lentegeur High 1; Mondale High 0, Woodlands High 0.

Fixtures for Saturday 18 June (field allocation denoted in brackets): 09:00 – Rocklands High vs Mondale High (A), Lentegeur High vs Princeton High (B), Strandfontein High vs Glendale High (C), Cloetesville High vs Portland High (D). 10:15 – Oval North High vs Woodlands High (A), Beacon Hill High vs Tafelsig High (B), Aloe High vs Spine Road High (C), Cedar High vs Westridge High (D).

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