Fish Hoek and Cen­tral share spoils in an ex­cit­ing draw at Hart­ley­vale

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - AL­LAN ISAACS

FISH HOEK and Cen­tral could not be sep­a­rated for the sec­ond time this sea­son and drew 3-3 yes­ter­day at Hart­ley­vale.

The Hoek­ers de­served to win this en­counter and were the bet­ter side on the day.

They were far more di­rect than Cen­tral and played a high­press struc­ture to put Cen­tral’s de­fend­ers and mid­field­ers un­der con­stant pres­sure.

The Fish Hoek mid­field quar­tet of War­ren Grobbe­laar, Cal­lan Heynes, Craig Ha­ley and Josh van Blerk were out­stand­ing and set a good plat­form for their attackers.

Grobbe­laar opened the scor­ing in the third minute, via a well-taken field goal, with Cen­tral re­spond­ing with a Lance de Kock field goal in the ninth minute.

The pres­sure ex­erted on Cen­tral’s de­fend­ers led to them mak­ing sev­eral er­rors and the de­fend­ers were try­ing to run out of de­fen­sive po­si­tions con­tin­u­ally.

This re­sulted in nu­mer­ous turnovers and Fish Hoek duly went ahead in the 25th minute via a su­perb re­verse stick shot by Ben Wi­ley. (2-1).

The third chukka pro­duced some great ac­tion with Fish Hoek pos­si­bly play­ing their best hockey of the year. They ex­tended their lead af­ter an­other de­fen­sive blun­der with Vaughan Eras­mus tap­ping in at the far post (3-1).

Cen­tral, to their credit, fought back and pulled a goal back with an ex­hil­a­rat­ing penalty-cor­ner goal by De Kock. (3-2).

The game was seem­ingly head­ing for a Fish Hoek vic­tory with Fran­cois du Toit, the Hoek­ers keeper, not called upon for most of the third and fourth chukkas.

With two min­utes left in the game, Cen­tral striker Zubayr Hamza, broke the op­po­si­tion’s hearts with a great re­vers­e­s­tick goal af­ter he had pounced on an er­ror (3-3).

Fish Hoek will be bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult and Cen­tral will be glad to have come away with a draw.

In to­day’s men’s Grand Chal­lenge games Langa will host UCT at Langa and WPCC will play Som­er­set West in Som­er­set. There is only one women’s Grand Chal­lenge game with Bel­lville host­ing UCT at Bel­lville.

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