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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 02:00

Hockey: Match report- Glenwood v DHS

On Saturday the 18th May, Glenwood’s 1st XI Hockey team made the trip across the Berea to play traditional rivals DHS at The Riverside Sports Complex.

 

Keeper save 1As many local derbies often tend to turn out, the encounter was a scrappy one. DHS played with vigour and determination and whilst the skilful Glenwood outfit lowered their standards and allowed themselves to be drawn into a physical encounter. There were glimpses of the green machine’s flowing game as they attempted to use the breadth an length of the field and stretch the DHS defenders.

It was early in the first half when continuous pressure in the DHS circle paid off and Michael Howard was able to confuse defender and keeper alike to have the ball squeeze passed the defence and rebound off an unlucky DHS stick.

Inspired by the goal, Glenwood pushed forward playing, arguably, their most attractive and penetrative hockey of the game. Jason Reed was on hand to double the score line and provide his team with a 2 goal cushion. DHS rallied hard toward the end of the 1st half and if it wasn’t for the acrobatic save of Glenwood keeper Michael Labuschagne, they may well have pulled a goal back before the half time whistle. Captain Callan Pearce had a commanding game in the central defensive role and marshalled the troops well to stave off any further threats.

Glenwood started the second half with a brilliant solo effort by striker Andile Phehlukwayo which saw him ultimately strike the side netting. Following this, the boys in green kept up the pressure and were unlucky on a number of occasions not to extend their lead. Perhaps some individual efforts needed to be replaced with a more involved team approach. Coach Justin Collins was animated on the sideline as he impressed on his charges the need to use the ball speed more effectively.

Dayne Naidoo and Tanner Bottomley worked tirelessly make the DHS defenders hussle and turnover ball in their own 23m. Again, Glenwood was unable to turn the larger amount of possession into goals. On the other end, keeper Labuschagne continued to impress in the goals, denying the DHS strikers on a number of occasions.

The final score of 2-0 to the Green Machine was a little disappointing. With Maritzburg College next weekend, the boys in green will need to lift their game in order to produce the win they are capable of doing.

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