Had an opportunity to pop in at Hickory road to check out the second half between Hanover Park and Kuilsriver AFC on Saturday. At halftime the Hanover Park side were 1 nil up after Muneer Davids scored in the first half.
It was evident that Park had the more direct approach while Kuilsriver chose to be patient with their build up and look for the penetrating pass to their forwards. The Hanover Park defenders led by Laryo Mamba, had the visitors in check as they were able to nullify the attacks and were dominant with the aerial balls. The right back of Hanover Park, Ganief Kariem, delivered a solid performance as he cut out any danger from the flanks and also assisted his team in attack.
On the right wing for Hanover Park was a familiar diminutive figure of ex pro Salman King. The little maestro was doing his best to make an impact from wide to put his side on attack. King, who hails from Mitchells Plain, is well known for his time at Santos FC in the PSL but also had stints at Ajaxct, Maritzburg, Free State Stars and Cape Town All Stars.
Most of the 2nd half was dominated by the possession of the visitors. The midfield combination of Kuilsriver ensured control and tempo of the match. Winray Rooi, the Kuilsriver attacker, impressed but was let down by some poor decision making in the final third.
With the home team defending deep and relying on the counter attack, not many chances were created and those that were, were dealt with swiftly by the Kuilsriver defence.
For Kuilsriver it was a game where they were unable to capitalise on their possession and inexperience was shown with decision making in the final third. The side provides entertaining passing football with the final pass lacking.
On the other hand, Hanover Park showed their experience by managing the game and remaining calm even when under attack. Marlon Johnson, the Park goalkeeper, wasn’t called into action that often and mostly because of communication with his back 4.
The match ended 1 – 0 to Hanover Park securing 5th spot on the log while Kuilsriver drop from 6th to 10th.