Maritzburg College produced a performance mixed with guts, determination, and fight when they defeated KZN rivals Glenwood High School on the Pape’s Astro at Maritzburg on Saturday.
The home side went into the match on the back of a series of mixed pre-season with inconsistent performances.
However, inconsistent was the last thing they looked like on the day. The home side took the game to Glenwood as early as the first quarter forcing two saves from the visitor’s keeper, Liam Ryland.
On a quest to break the deadlock, the home side found the back of the net via a penalty corner which was guided in nicely by Uyanda Dlamini to see the hosts lead 1-0 at the end of the first quarter.
That goal sparked Glenwood back to life and the former went on a hunt for an equalizer early in the second chukker. They got their goal through Ntando Soni.
Maritzburg then quickly regained momentum in the third and final quarters when Dlamini added his second alongside teammate, Asanda Khumalo resulting in a (3-1) win.
In other matches featuring Kwa-Zulu-Natal teams, a hattrick by Wian Liebenberg secured a (4-3) for Hilton against Durban High School.
Westville Boys High went down (2-0) to Jeppe Boys before a solitary goal by Liam Johnson secured a 1-0 win for Kearsney against Michaelhouse.
Maritzburg College 3 (Uyanda Dlamini (2), Asanda Khumalo); Glenwood High School 1 (Ntando Soni).
Hilton College 4 (Wian Liebenberg (3), Grant Bridgeford); Durban High School 3 (Lethabo Bocagwi (2), Sitchaba Siyoyo).
Jeppe High School for Boys 2 (Ben Benjamin, Jaydon Brooker); Westville Boys’ High 0.
Kearsney College 1 (Liam Johnson); Michaelhouse 0.