By MANDILAKHE KLAAS
Ntsika Secondary School hosted Nombulelo Secondary School’s First Soccer team on Tuesday 12 March. Both sides were in action for the first time this season, which was evident when both teams struggled to connect passes in the middle of the park.
It was the home side, Ntsika, that found the back of the net first, thanks to a well taken goal by their striker. But the boys from Nombulelo showed why they are one of best sides in local High School Football when their little dynamite Siyaduma “Pani” Qude started to control the midfield and eventually finding the equaliser for his side, just before halftime.
The second half was much better from both teams as they stringed good passes together. However, it was Nombulelo who took the lead just ten minutes into the second half courtesy of Aphiwe Bolo. Nombulelo continued to dictate the middle of the park and they were rewarded once again when Aphiwe Bolo made a solo run down the left flank, beating two defenders before unleashing a beautiful shot to complete his brace.
With only fifteen minutes to go Nombulelo surged forward, looking to end any chance of Ntsika coming back into the game. They did just that when a cross from Mivuyo “Lorch” Adam found Aphiwe Bolo unmarked to complete his hat-trick. Ntsika did not give up however, as they kept searching for a goal but it was not be; with the final whistle closing down an entertaining game in which both teams displayed very good football skills. Nombulelo won the opening encounter of the season by four goals to one.