A hat-trick of goals by Durban High School forward Lumi Matwele secured an emphatic (5-0) victory for DHS against Michaelhouse on Saturday at the Punchbowl.
DHS, which entered the game off a 4-3 defeat against Hilton College, was looking to raise the intensity against a strong Michaelhouse side that has shown improvement so far this season.
Raise the intensity, which they did as Michael Baker’s side started positively asserting dominance as early as the first chukker.
Michaelhouse, however, matched the visitor’s intensity, as both teams created chances but failed to capitalize on them.
The first chukka ended goalless. The talk at the break must’ve sparked some life into the DHS boys, as the KZN side came back firing, scoring two goals courtesy of Tyrique Cloete and Matwele after a brilliant build-up play.
Entering the second half, Baker’s boys raised the intensity. Matwele smashed a backhand to make it 3-0 and then converted a slip flick from a penalty corner to make it 4-0.
Michaelhouse also created a few chances of their own; however, with DHS keeper Keelan Henry fighting for his clean sheet, he pulled off a great save from a Michaelhouse penalty corner and a counterattack that left them one-on-one with Henry.
The visitors then closed out the game with 30 seconds to go as they turned defense into attack.
A quick roll to Aldridge Maasdorp, resulted in him playing in Cloete on the far post for a tap-in.
With the win, DHS returned to winning ways, forcing Michaelhouse to revisit the drawing board.
In other matches in the KZN, Hilton College played out a one-all draw with Pretoria Boys High.
Kearsney College put six past Glenwood before Maritzburg College and Westville Boys’ High couldn’t be separated, with both sides scoring two goals. Northwood fought hard for a (4-3) win against St. Charles College.
Durban High School 5 (Lumi Matwele (3), Tyrique Cloete (2). Michaelhouse 0.
Kearsney College 6 (James Gillespie (2), Sandiswa Yeni (2), Liam Johnson, Dylan Wiggett. Glenwood High School 0.
Maritzburg College 2 (Asanda Khumalo, Jayden Aylward). Westville Boys’ High 2 (Heath Stott, Caleb van Loenen).
Pretoria Boys’ High 1, Hilton College 1; Northwood 4, St Charles College 3.