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SA beat Zim 10-0

The South African men’s hockey team beat Zimbabwe 10-0 after leading 4-0 at half-time in the Africa Cup Olympic Games Qualifier tournament match in Bulawayo’s Khumalo Hockey Stadium on Sunday night.

SA’s goals came from KZN Raider Gareth Carr, Northerns Blues’ Justin Reid-Ross (4), Ian Haley of Western Province (2), Southern Gauteng captain Miguel da Graca, KZN Raider Tim Drummond and Western Province’s Andrew Cronje.

Zimbabwe captain Rowland Rixon-Fuller and his troops worked tirelessly and the big crowd cheered the home team wildly but SA were patient enough not to try and go directly though a massed defence and managed to string seven and eight passes together at times.

SA got on the board when Gareth Carr of the KZN Raiders nailed a penalty corner (PC) into the back of the net. Then it was Justin Reid-Ross’s turn to trouble the scorekeepers when his stinging penalty corner caught a Zimbabwe post man amidships and he made no error with the penalty stroke.

Carr was close to getting his second but suffered the disappointment of his deflection from Andrew Cronje going past the wrong side of the post. Ian Haley made it 3-0 from inside the six-yard area and with 19 minutes to half-time it was all over.

The crowd went crazy when Farai Dahwa was the beneficiary of breakaway but SA keeper Brendon Botes timed his intervention perfectly, although this was not the end of the home team’s attacking forays.

Reid-Ross was most unfortunate not to get another penalty stroke close to half-time but his disappointment was only temporary as on the stroke of the interval he drew gasps from the crowd with a screamer that could easily have broken the net, such was its force.

Going into the second half trailing 4-0, Mushavi continued to play a big role in keeping the score down, but SA midfielder Tim Drummond had the presence of mind to create space for Reid-Ross’s hat-trick and the second field goal of the match.

Then Western Province’s Cronje underlined SA’s array of PC talent with a great goal, followed by Southern Gauteng’s Miguel da Graca, and the 10th goal in two games ÔÇô this was an absolute stunner ÔÇô from Reid-Ross (8-0).

Haley got his second and Drummond made it 10-0 in the last minute.

On Monday, the Investec SA women face Ghana at 10 m and the men meet the Ghanaians at 4pm.

Earlier men’s results: Ghana 6 Morocco 0, Kenya 2 Egypt 2


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