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Friday, 24 May 2013 02:00

Hockey: Match Report- Selborne v Cambridge

Written by  Tony Godding

 The Xerox Selborne 1st XI was expecting a tough encounter on Friday night, 24th May, as the matric boys in the team had never experienced victory over Cambridge,

having lost in their U14 year and drawn at U16.

And how right they were – Selborne had to pull out all the stops to come away with a 5-4 win in an exciting and free-flowing match which kept the crowd entertained for the full 60 minutes.

 

Both teams played their part in this enjoyable game with Selborne dominating possession and territory and producing some quality inter-passing movements and

Cambridge always dangerous on the counter-attack and making the most of their opportunities.

 

Selborne seemed to have things under control after 20 minutes with a 2-0 lead through a skillfully-taken field goal from Reece Pienaar and a penalty-corner

strike by Sarvesh Naidoo. But Cambridge came back well and had equalized by half-time with an own-goal through an error of judgment by the Selborne defence,

followed by a field goal after a goalmouth scramble just before the break. Cambridge then went into the lead with a well-taken field goal early in the second

period with Selborne seemingly switched off.

 

This galvanized the home team into action and they replied with 3 goals in the space of 8 minutes with a powerful reverse-stick shot by Dylan Billingham, a good drag-flick by Alex Penhall and a

deflection at the right post by Damon Thompson, to take a 5-3 lead. But Cambridge were not finished and scored with a well-placed drag-flick 9 minutes from the end.

Selborne controlled the closing minutes but had to be on their guard against the quick-breaking Cambridge side. No further goals were scored, leaving the final tally

at 5-4 to Selborne.

 

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