Kearsney character edges St Stithians by 1 goal in 7

KEARSNEY College first hockey team won a 7-goal thriller against St Stithians College under lights in Botha’s Hill Friday 25 May 2018.

The score was 4-3 after Saints had led 2-0 and then 2-1 at the changeover.

Featured image: Kearsney keeper Jethro Strydom is kept on his toes.
Photo Tracey van den Aardweg

The victory is a tribute to the character in the Kearsney team as they chased for much of the game, trailing 1-0 then 2-0 before 2-1, 2-2, then 3-2 behind before 3-3 and the endgame 4-3 win.

It’s set Kearsney head coach Sihle Ntuli’s side up nicely for the Founders Weekend match vs Hilton College come 11h15 Saturday 2 June.

Both the Kearsney and Saints teams started well, with the hosts controlling possession, but St Stithians seemed to have more energy in the early stages and forced Kearsney into mistakes, which they capitalised on to go 2-0 up against the run of play.

Kearsney captain Guy Morgan pulled one back just before half time, through a penalty corner drag flick to bring the score to 2-1 going into the break.

The second half started much better for Kearsney, who had to chase the game if they were going to get a positive result.  Once again, through a penalty corner, Ben Proctor got on the end of a variation to level the scores at 2-2.

Straight after, St Stithians hit back and went 3-2 up, but Kearsney’s Liam Maguire went on a solo run to score a great individual goal and level the game 3-3.

Kearsney were then awarded a penalty corner with three seconds left on the clock, Morgan flicked and the ball was run down but found itself on Steven Conway’s stick.  He didn’t hesitate to slam it into the bottom corner and clinch a dramatic 4-3 win for Kearsney.

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